Berlin Art Week 2017: Highlights

Not sure how to navigate Berlin Art Week? You’re forgiven – with the amount of activities on offer – including trade fairs, cinema screenings, performances, talks and openings at every type of art space you can imagine – it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed. Here we’ve compiled a handy list of highlights, separating the wheat from the chaff and saving you valuable time. Berlin Art Week starts today and runs through until Sunday so get busy and make some plans!

Berlin Art Week abc 2015 © MarcoFunke

Berlin Art Week abc Fair 2015 © Marco Funke

If Not Now, When?

The cavernous Hamburger Bahnhof is an excellent place to start your Berlin Art Week adventure. Home to the second edition of the ‘Festival of Future Nows’, the brainchild of the National Gallery and Olafur Eliasson, this railway station converted into a contemporary art museum will showcase a diverse range of works from approximately 100 artists. With a central theme of seizing the present moment, there will be a mixture of improvised installations, ever evolving performances, readings and crowd interactions, ensuring that there will be never be a dull moment. Check out Berlin Art Week at Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin. The opening is tonight! Thursday 14th September at 7 pm. The exhibition runs from the 14th to the 17th of September, daily until 11pm.

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Hamburger Bahnhof © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Maximilian Meisse

A Measure of Success

A hot tip on virtually every Berlin Art Week guide (this one included), the Monica Bonvicini exhibition at Berlinische Galerie is not to be missed. Opening at 7pm on Friday evening at Berlinische Galerie, the show is entitled ‘3612,54 m³ vs 0,05 m³’, and will feature not only a selection of video works and sculpture but also a site specific installation designed to push the boundaries between artwork and audience. A well known figure in the contemporary art scene, Bonvicini is a Venetian artist known for exploring themes of gender, power and sexuality. Monica Bonvicini is at Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, 10969 Berlin. The opening is Friday the 15th of September at 7pm and there are guided tours on the weekend of the 16th and 17 September at 3 till 4pm.

Monica Bonvicini, Hard String, 2017, © Monica Bonvicini & Tobias Hübel

Monica Bonvicini, Hard String, 2017, © Monica Bonvicini & Tobias Hübel

As Easy as abc…

A trip to Berlin Art Week simply isn’t complete without visiting one of the art fairs, and this year we’re excited to see the newly developed art berlin. Co-founded by Berlin gallery collective abc, the fair will feature a collection of just over 100 galleries from 16 different countries. Accompanying the fair is an intriguing program of events, including a filmic lecture, a fortune telling soiree and a ‘shamanic journey into the unconscious’. The fair will open on Tuesday evening and continue to run until Sunday 17th September. Night owls can also enjoy a late night gallery event Friday 15th September when all of the galleries that form the abc colletive will open their doors from 6-9pm. Find a list of these galleries and more information here. Art Berlin is at Luckenwalder Straße 4 – 610963 Berlin. A daily ticket is €16 but ticket prices vary). The opening is Thursday 14th September, 4-8pm and it runs 15th to 17th September 11am to 4pm.

abc art berlin contemporary, Installationsnasicht, 2016, Photo Stefan Korte

abc art berlin contemporary, Installationsnasicht, 2016, Photo Stefan Korte

Forbidden Fruits

If performance art is more you cup of tea then head to HAU1 for a show less ordinary by Belgian artist Miet Warlop. This Saturday evening she will present three different pieces including ‘Fruits of Labor’, an unusual extravaganza covering every topic you could possibly want really; from religion, martyrdom, slow-motion terrorism, romanticism, tradition and leadership, to ‘psychosis, time, drugs, trips and nature’. Not only a performance but also a mixture of visual art and concert, complete with song, dance and animated objects, Warlop aims to “exorcise the issues we all have, shaking off the panic and anxieties that cloud our hearts.” We are sold. See it at HAU1, Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin. The performance is on Saturday 16th September at 9pm.

Performances, fruits of labour © Meit Warlop

Performances, fruits of labour © Meit Warlop

For those of you who are super keen not to miss out on any Berlin Art Week goodness, you can even sign up to a ‘Whatsapp-Newsletter’, with daily highlights and announcements by the organisers sent straight to your phone. Simply save the number +49 157 92384706 into your contacts as ‘Berlin Art Week Newsletter’ and send the message ‘Start’ via WhatsApp to get the ball rolling.

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.