Gallery Weekend Berlin: Big opening night this Friday
Gallery Weekend Berlin is back! Running from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th May a grand total of fifty Berlin galleries will open their doors for this 10th edition extravaganza. A chance to visit some of Berlin’s top galleries outside of visiting hours, meeting not only the gallerists but also the curators and artists behind the work they are presenting, Gallery Weekend Berlin is the perfect opportunity to dive head first into Berlin’s vibrant art scene. The extensive program for the weekend will include not only the exhibitions by the fifty participating galleries but also some special events at various museums and collections. With so many options the task of choosing which shows to attend can be tricky, so here we bring you our Gallery Weekend highlights ahead of the grand opening on Friday 2nd May at 6pm. All 50 participating galleries will be open from 6 until 9 pm Friday 2nd May and from 11am until 7pm on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th May.
Galerie EIGEN + ART / Tim Eitel & Despina Stoku
If beautiful paintings of urban spaces are your artistic preference then you’ve no doubt heard of German artist Tim Eitel, who uses photographs of urban spaces as the basis for his pieces. This Gallery Weekend Galerie EIGEN + ART will present a solo show on the artist under the title ‚Nebel und Sonne‘, giving you the chance to view some of Eitel’s ethereal figures ‚in the flesh‘. While you’re at the venue don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the site’s sister space at Auguststraße 11 – 13, former Jewish girls‘ school EIGEN + ART Lab, currently showing a solo exhibition on Greek artist Despina Stokou.
Galerie EIGEN + ART // Auguststraße 26, 10117 Berlin
Aurel Scheibler / Philip Guston
Opening Friday 2nd May – 6 until 9pm
One of the major 1950’s abstract expressionists, Philip Guston is a household name at international auction markets. Despite the uproar caused by his progression to figurative drawings this latest exhibition on his work (only the second solo show on the artist in Germany) celebrates the artist’s varied ouevre, talented in his abstract and figurative pieces alike. The exhibition will include both drawings and paintings from Guston’s ‚late‘ period (i.e. the 1960’s onwards), and Guston fans can also enjoy screenings of ‚Philip Guston: A Life Lived‘ at Hackesche Höfe Kino, Rosenthaler Straße 40, during Gallery Weekend and the week 1-7 May.
Aurel Scheibler // Schöneberger Ufer 71, 10785 Berlin
Sprüth Magers Berlin / Philip-Lorca diCorci, Reinhard Mucha & Fischli/Weiss
Opening Friday 2nd May – 6 until 9pm
If your time is limited but you want to see art by as many different artists as possible then Sprüth Magers is an excellent option, presenting the work of not only one but two different artists and an artist duo in their huge, Mitte based gallery this weekend. The exhibitions on show feature work by artists such as Peter Fischli, one half of internationally renowned art collaboration Fischli/Weiss and also Philip-Lorca diCorci, a photographer who poetically captured the LA male prostitution scene in his series ‚Hustlers‘.
Sprüth Magers Berlin // Oranienburger Straße 18, 10178 Berlin
St. Agnes/ Michael Sailstorfer ‚Anti-Herbst‘
Opening Friday 2nd May – 6 until 9pm
Following on from the quietly brilliant Alicija Kwade installation which was revealed at last year’s Gallery Weekend, imposing exhibition space St.Agnes will this year present the work of German artist Michael Sailstorfer. A video installation by the artist documenting a tree near the Rhine river, ‚Anti-Herbst‘ (or Anti-fall) is chracteristic of Sailstorfer’s focus on nature, an interesting juxtaposition with the brutalist architecture of the venue which is just part of Berlin art behemoth Johan Koenig’s portfolio.
St. Agnes // Alexandrinenstraße 118-121, 10969 Berlin
Contemporary Fine Art / Christian Rosa
Discoverers of artists such as Jonathan Meese and Daniel Richter, Contemporary Fine Art have proved themselves to be adept at discovering emerging talent. Their featured artists for this year’s Gallery Weekend are testimony to this, painter Christian Rosa (who studied under the aforementioned Mr. Richter) making waves in the international art scene with his abstract paintings. Other artists which will be exhibited at CFA during the event include Borden Capalino, Sachin Kaeley, Rosy Keyser, Sam Moyer and Kaari Upson as part of a group show entitled Maximalism.
CFA // Am Kupfergraben 10, 10117 Berlin
Haubrok Ehemalige Fahrbereitschaft / Stanley Brouwn
Friday 2nd May Preview 2-6pm, Saturday 3rd May 12 – 4pm
The private collection of Axel and Barbara Haubrok, husband wife duo and minimal and conceptual art collectors, the Fahrbereitschaft is an unusual venue which spans an impressive 19,000 square metres and is located deep in the heart of Lichtenberg; a far flung location from the typical Augustrasse venue. An example of one of Berlin’s many art spaces not part of the 50 official listed galleries but embracing the event all the same, the Fahrbereistchaft will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, unveiling two exhibitions. The first exhibition will feature the work of Dutch artist Stanley Brouwn, and the other ‚The distance between me and you‘, will present a selection of works from the couple’s collection, including names such as Martin Creed and Morgan Fischer.
If you want to know about this beautiful space, read the interview with Axel Haubrok we did at the opening of Fahrbereitschaft.
Haubrok Ehemalige Fahrbereitschaft //Herzbergstraße 40-43
me Collectors Room Berlin / Stanze/Rooms – Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection
The only place in Berlin (to my knowledge) where you can view a real life, shrunken human head alongside other ancient artefacts and amazing contemporary art exhibitions, me Collectors Room is also a must this gallery weekend. One of the previously mentioned additional Berlin institutions taking part in the event, their opening on Thursday 1st May at 8pmwill reveal the impressive contemporary art collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo – one which includes artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Cindy Sherman and Rachel Whiteread, to name just a few.
More about the space and the collector Thomas Olbricht? Here we go: me collectors room
Me Collectors Room Berlin // Auguststraße 68, 10117 Berlin
WHO IS PART OF GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN 2014?
The galleries involved in this year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin are as follows: Arratia Beer, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Blain | Southern, Galerie Isabella Burtolozzi, BQ, Galerie Buchholz, Buchmann Galerie, Capitain Petzel, Carlier | Gebauer, Mehdi Chouakri, Circus, Contemporary Fine Arts, Croy Nielsen, Galerie Eigen + Art, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Gerhardsen Gerner, Galerie Michael Haas, Galerie Max Hetzler, Johnen Galerie, Galerie Kamm, Kewenig, Kicken Berlin, Johann König, KOW, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Tanya Leighton, Meyer Riegger, Moeller Fine Art, Galerie Neu, Neugerriemschneider, Galerie Nordenhake, Peres Projects, Galeria Plan B, PSM, Aurel Schiebler, Esther Schipper, Galerie Micky Schubert, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Société, Sommer & Kohl, Sprüth Magers, Supportico Lopez, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Sassa trülzsch, VW, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Wentrup, Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner, Wien Lukatsch, Zak | Branicka.