As Gallery Weekend Berlin
descends upon the German capital, artists and gallerists collaborate to deliver
an incredible, sprawling program, taking full advantage of the opportunity run
wild on their own turf. At once a celebration of the city’s idiosyncratic,
spectacular spaces—take PSM
, Blain | Southern
, and Sprüth Magers
, for example—and the artists who thrive within
their walls, the annual event, which turns 10 this year, is unmissable.
1. When? Where? How?
Gallery Weekend Berlin
takes place May 2nd through 4th, across Berlin. Visitors are best off venturing
into the West, Potsdamderstrasse, Mitte, and Kruezberg neighborhoods. Gallery
openings are free and open to the public, and particularly notable about the
weekend is that they will all be open on Sunday, May 4th, an exceptional
2. What is Gallery Weekend
The tradition of Gallery
Weekend Berlin began 10 years ago, as an event organized by a community of
Berlin galleries, in an effort to coordinate top-tier openings to attract a
wider audience and raise awareness surrounding the burgeoning Berlin art scene.
A decade later it has become a premiere art world event, and an occasion for
galleries to showcase some of their strongest shows and artists.
3. Why visit?
Gallery Weekend Berlin
offers a unique opportunity to experience the true spirit of the Berlin art
scene, which is first and foremost dedicated to celebrating art and artists.
While some of the participants are familiar, many are not; the occasion prompts
discovery of a host of young and emerging artists, who will be showing at fresh
and innovative galleries. The weekend effectively makes the city’s art
accessible and digestible for residents and visitors alike, while disseminating
the latest talents and trends.
4. What galleries are
Of the 400+ galleries in
Berlin, 50 participate in Gallery Weekend Berlin, representing the entire
gambit of what Berlin has to offer—from established galleries like Aurel Scheibler
and Moeller Fine Art, to the new “Blue Chip” names like CFA, Galerie Neu, and
neugerriemschneider, to strong young contenders like Croy Nielsen, PSM
, and Kraupa-Tuskany Ziedler.
5. Other Openings
In tandem with the weekend,
many galleries who aren’t participating also put together major openings that
are not to be missed. Some highlights this year include: Julian Opie
at Krobath; Henning Strassburger
at Soy Capitain
; Viktoria Binschtok at Klemm’s; and Gareth Moore
6. Museum Exhibitions in
Several major museum
exhibitions also coincide with or have their final days during the weekend.
Some must-see shows include: Susan Phillipsz at Hamburger Bahnhof; Judith Hopf
at PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art; Ai Wei Wei
and Hans Richter
at Martin-Gropius-Bau; Marsden Hartley
at Neue Nationalgalerie; and “The 8 of Paths:
Art in Beijing” at Uferhallen.
A rich program of talks,
performances, and tours will take place throughout the weekend, at galleries
and around the city. Highlights include:
Film Screening: “Philip
Guston. A Life Well Lived” at Hackesche Höfe Kino, May 1st–7th, 3pm and at
filmkunst 66, May 3rd, 1:30pm & May 4th, 11am.
Performance: Société and
Lisson Gallery present the German premiere of Dances For The Electric Piano
at the Berliner Philharmonie. Friday, May 2nd, 4pm.
Performance: Boychild at
Isabella Bortolozzi. Friday, May 2nd, 8pm.
Collectors Talk: Patrizia
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo at Me Collectors Room. Saturday May, 3rd, 3pm.
Talk and Book Launch: Pinar Yoldas, Regine Hengge, Ingeborg Reichle at Schering Stiftung. Sunday, May 4th, 3pm.