Guide To Berlin Art Week
With Berlin Art Week fast approaching once again we know it’s difficult to find the best bits – it can all feel a little overwhelming in a city which is overflowing with culture, history and heritage in quiet weeks! To help you avoid drowning in indecision about where to get your art-fix we’ve put together some of our favourite upcoming exhibits, shows and installations from the Berlin Art Week.
Body Pressure – Sculpture – Hamburger Bahnhof
Sculpture always feels like art you can interact with – it changes as you move around it, its lines become interesting, complex or even go against the grain of what they appeared to be before. So even better is the inclusion of some of the best contemporary sculpture from the 60′s to present with a focus on the body – whether it be still and beautiful, grotesque and contorted, or playful and in movement there’s a thousand ideas in every sculture here. With the grotesqueries of Berlinde de Bruyckere’s, conceptual works like Franz Erhard Walther’s and the playful, silly floss of Gilbert & George there’s enough to gorge on.
abc art Berlin Contemporary Opening – 19th-22nd September
abc opens with great fan-fare this week as the place for the artists of Berlin to mingle with those of the international circuit. With talks, shows and unveilings there will be plenty to see. The Gallery will be packed with up-and-comers as well as those with firm footholds in the Berlin art scene – it’s worth swinging by to be part of a little slice of history.
Hilma af Klint. A pioneer of ABSTRACTION – Hamburger Bahnhof
Hilma af Klint was one of the first abstract artists – but she receives little of the acclaim thrust upon the likes of Kandinsky and Mondrian. Her work is organic and spiritual – and this is the first time the Swedish artist has had her work presented in a comprehensive overview.
National Gallery Prize – Hamburger Bahnhof
If you want to see who has already been nominated for greatness by the Berlin art establishment by taking in the entrants of the National Gallery Prize. Take in Simon Denny’s post-modern look at technology, screens and hyper-reality, Mariana Castillo Deball’s playful conceptual sculpture and Kerstin Brätsch’s garish assaults of colour.
Painting Forever! – Various Galleries
It would be easy to think that painting is dead as an art form these days – aside from the odd nomination, painters have been missing from major art competitions. Well, if you’ve been missing painting you’re in luck – Berlin art week has a series of events under the Painting Forever! banner which combines over one hundred artists across its various venues. STRETCHED gets you the most artists-per-inch of any event while the BubeDameKönigAss exhibition sees an exploration of utopia, reality, kitsch and geometry, you know, the usual stuff.