Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017 - What Not to Miss

By Anne Diestelkamp - Friday, April 28, 2017
Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017 - What Not to Miss

Ever since it was founded as a private initiative in 2005, the Gallery Weekend Berlin has attracted numerous visitors around the first weekend of May. Every spring, galerists open their doors to invite those interested in the arts to get to see their latest artistic representations. Approximately 1.200 international collectors, curators and representatives of museums as well as other cultural institutions and 20.000 visitors at total are welcomed in Berlin every year.

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017 - What Not to Miss

Ever since it was founded as a private initiative in 2005, the Gallery Weekend Berlin has attracted numerous visitors around the first weekend of May. Every spring, galerists open their doors to invite those interested in the arts to get to see their latest artistic representations. Approximately 1.200 international collectors, curators and representatives of museums as well as other cultural institutions and 20.000 visitors at total are welcomed in Berlin every year. Meanwhile, not only the 47 galleries that officially attend the Gallery Weekend, but also various project spaces, museums, collections and other cultural institutions have taken the opportunity to present historic as well as contemporary artistic positions by already established as well as promising newcomer artists.

Since the enormous range of exhibitions that take place in the context of this weekend, might overstrain one or another, we have a selection for everyone who is planning on getting to know the art landscape of Berlin this weekend: 

Our tour starts in Mitte around Auguststraße and Linienstraße where a number of the officially participating galleries are located. Hidden in a backyard, Galerie Neu presents works by Berlin- and Hamburg-based artist Andreas Slominski. When entering the exhibition room, the visitor is confronted with shopping carts filled with various belongings. Surely, this is not the first time, Slominski is playing at the exhibition space with what he is well-known for: the objet trouvé.

On Friday, April 28, 6pm, Gallery EIGEN + ART opens Olaf Nicolai‘s solo exhibition Der 673. Morgen. Anyone who will not make it for the opening, is invited when Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, German painter, graphic designer and conceptual artist Karl-Heinz Adler, and German artist Olaf Nicolai who represented Germany in the last Venice Biennale, come together for a public talk as well as a presentation of the new catalogue on Saturday at 12pm. 

Just across the street, Sigmar Polke‘s Editions are presented in Berlin for the very first time at me Collectors Room Berlin/Olbricht Collection. The exhibition arose in collaboration with collector Dr. Axel Ciesielski (Kunstraum am Limes). Next door, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art attracts their visitors with the launch and reading of Adam Pendleton’s new book “Black Dada Reader” which will take place on Sunday at 4pm. “Black Dada”, according to Pendleton, is his artistic output and the reader is a collection of essays and texts on the concept of his work. Pendleton’s solo exhibition, “shot him in the face” is still on display until May 14.

Beyond that, Marco Brambilla, Douglas Gordon, Roni Horn, Christian Jankowski and Oda Jaune pay tribute to the French actress Isabelle Huppert at Michael Fuchs Galerie by making use of close-ups, photos and videos.

Carlier | Gebauer dedicated their show to Thomas Schütte who takes up familiar themes, including countenances and architectural studies. Schütte‘s works, made of bronze, murano glass, steel and ceramic draw attention to the otherness of the face and the body.

Pamela Rosenkranz, Installation view at Karma International, Zurich, 2014, Courtesy of the artist

Thomas Schütte, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer

Thomas Schütte, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer

Thomas Schütte, exhibition view at carlier | gebauer, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer

Andreas Slominski “Waldgrün” © Galerie Neu

© Karl-Heinz Adler

Strikingly, many of the participating galleries seem to aim for especially giving female artists a stage. One of them is young painter Iulia Nistor who will be on display at Plan B. Using a muted palette on small formats, Nistor discusses forms that remind us of body parts. Beyond that, visitors can look forward to shows by Galerie Klemm‘s which presents works by German photographer Viktoria Binschtok, Pamela Rosenkranz‘s sensorial experimentations at Sprüth Magers or Guan Xiao’s reflections on urban environments at Kraupa Tuskany-Zeidler. Above all, we are excited to see ACUD gallery‘s upcoming show under the title Feminist Land Art Retreat (FLAR). FLAR has created a series of new works which use a symbolic language of equestrianism to discuss questions of frontiers, power structures, and materiality.

Whichever route we choose, this much is certain: Berlin is going to enhance its visitors with an abundance of inspiriation and innovation yet again.

The Gallery Weekend takes place in Berlin from April 28 to April 30, 2017. 

Anne Diestelkamp is a Berlin-based Bachelor candidate in Art History and English Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, focusing on modern and contemporary art. Striving to share her enthusiasm for the arts with the student population, she is working for several art networks and museums societies such as JungeMeister.net- Kunstnetzwerk Berlin e.V. and Kaiser-Friedrich-Museumsverein Berlin. Anne Diestelkamp has completed several internships within the arts, including placements at Collectors Room/Olbricht Collection and Bernheimer Contemporary- art solutions and projects. She is currently working as a freelance curator and studio assistant.

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