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What To See At Berlin Art Week 2016

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Updated: 30 September 2016
It’s that time of year again! Berlin Art Week is finally upon us. As a major purveyor for contemporary and conceptual art worldwide, this exciting event offers people the opportunity to experience new developments on the art scene first-hand. Many of the city‘s most renowned galleries participate, using the opportunity to showcase some of their favorite artists of the moment. Here are this year’s unmissable highlights.

Virtual Cave and Golden Cage by Adéla Součková

From September 13th to 25th, Adéla Součková’s exhibition Virtual Cave and Golden Cage will be on display at Zwitschermaschine. It is an examination of the role that creative media plays in surveillance and other technology that could be used to control societies. The show will include a compilation of various imagery displayed over several different mediums including film and the written word. On September 17th, the artist will also be giving a performance where she will be applying the motifs of a golden cage and a virtual cave directly to the gallery walls. This show will be as aesthetically captivating as it is thought provoking as social commentary.

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‘Virtual Cave and Golden Cage by Adéla Součková’ © Jirka Jansch.

The Feuerle Collection

The Feuerle Collection, which is situated in a former WWII bunker – something that actually isn’t so uncommon in Berlin – will be open to the public during Art Week from September 13th to 18th. This is an exclusive opportunity to view some utterly impressive pieces of art from throughout Southeast Asia along with antique Chinese furniture and the works from Désiré Feuerle’s contemporary art collection. Combined together, this display presents an interesting contrast in forms of artistic expression.

Hallesches Ufer 70, Berlin, Germany

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Agentur des Exponenten by Andreas Greiner

From Thursday, September 15th through February 6th, 2017, Andreas Greiner, winner of the prestigious GASAG Art Prize will be presenting his exhibition Agentur des Exponenten at the Berlinisches Galerie. It is an exploration of many different disciplines from the social and natural sciences to music and medicine. He synthesizes all of these as he catalogues the various biological processes found in creatures both large and small. Then, Greiner injects these demonstrations with even more depth by using them as a platform for examining the roles of consumer society and the media in our understandings of both art and nature.

Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 78902600

My Abstract World, a collection from Thomas Olbricht

Abstract art collector Thomas Olbricht will be showcasing some of his favorite pieces from September 14th through April 2nd, 2017, at me Collectors Room Berlin. What is particularly exciting about this exhibition is that it will offer visitors a look at the sheer breadth of artistic styles present in his collection, which he has been building throughout his 30-year career. More than 350 pieces will be on display, presenting the works of 90 different artists. This is as fantastic an opportunity to get acquainted with the world of abstract art for the first time as it is for seasoned aficionados to relish in it.

Auguststraße 68, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 86008510

Art Berlin Contemporary (ABC) Fair

Thursday, September 15th, of Berlin Art Week is a very important time, because it is the opening day of the highly anticipated art fair presented by Art Berlin Contemporary (ABC). In addition to art networking and exposés, it will feature live musical performances and BBQ. The ABC Art Fair will largely function as a platform where galleries can present works of individual artists. While this event is more relevant to professionals within the art world, its significance to Berlin’s contemporary art scene and the opportunity to see a large number of artists all under one roof is something we can all appreciate.

Station Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, Berlin, Germany

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‘Art Berlin Contemporary (ABC) Fair’ © Marco Funke.

ABC Gallery Night

Friday, September 16th, of Berlin Art Week marks the highly anticipated ABC Gallery Night. This is the best time to catch a whole slew of different contemporary exhibitions across the city, as many galleries host extended hours this evening and artists are often invited to perform live in conjunction with their showcased works. Be sure to catch Yves Scherer at Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Sean Landers at Capitain Petzel, Ugo Rondinone at Esther Schipper Gallery, and many more promising exhibitions on this exciting night. Check out the Art Berlin Contemporary website for the full details on all of the participating galleries.

Various participating galleries around the city

Wentrup Gallery’s New Experimental Art Space

The Wentrup Gallery has been rigorously preparing their new, second location to be ready in time for the commencement of Berlin’s Art Week. Head to Potsdamer Straße in Tiergarten for the opening of the space on September 16th. The event will feature experimental artworks, discussions, and performances. This is an exciting step towards an even more innovative and prolific contemporary art scene in Berlin, so its opening is certainly not to be missed.

WNTRP, Potsdamer Straße 91, Berlin, Germany