Aside from the Art Week, which gets its own guide, Berlins collections and institutions have lots to offer as well!

 Collage_My-Abstract-World-Bernard Frize, Puxo, 2011 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 Ali Banisadr, Foreign Lands, 2015 © the artist, Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Federico Herrero, Blue Mountain, 2008, Courtesy the artist; Sies+Höke, Düsseldorf, Photo Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf Katharina Grosse, o.T., 2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Photo Roman März, Berlin

me Collectors Room // „My Abstract World“

14th September 2016 – 2nd April 2017

Thomas Olbrichts collection of contemporary and modern art ranks under the most extensive private collections thus requiring an exhibition space of its own – the me Collectors Room. Nestled between the protagonists of the Berlin art scene in Auguststraße and Linienstraße, such as KW and Eigen & Art, parts of the Olbrichts collection are exhibited with changing focusses. 

This time the curators are showing a selection of abstract paintings from the collection. Purely sensual and subjective, the exhibition includes a dizzying array of bold, expressive and intensely colourful works. A Special feature of the show is the seating arrangement of cushions, carpets and reading material, which complement the the art, inviting the viewer to rest, contemplate and read about any painting the especially grasps their attention. Definitely worth a visit when you are feeling exhausted from the Art Week run!

me Collectors Room Berlin, Auguststrasse 68, 10117 Berlin


Galerie im Turm // Kay Walkowiak „The City Beautiful „

9th September – 30th October 2016

The viennese artist Walkowiak has created a documentary-style film in the city of Chandigarh in India, which is a centre for urban design and architecture, owing most of its destinctive style to french star-architect Le Corbusier. Following the post-colonial split between east and west Punjab, Le Corbusier was given free reign over planning and constructing new institutional buildings. Walkowiaks film examines the effect of the modernist, sometimes brutalist buildings and how indian culture and architecture mix with an aesthetic tradition, that originated in the West and respresented the utopian dream of a perfectly functional, pure form. 

Interestingly the place where the show is being held was similarly built on utopian hopes of a functional yet aesthetic architecture. The Galerie im Turm is one of the landmarks of the Karl-Marx-Allee – a symbol of the communist regime and stalinist classicism in Berlin.

Galerie im Turm, Frankfurter Tor 1, 10243 Berlin

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Neue Galerie // Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: „Hieroglyphics“

23th September –  26th February 2017

While the Neue Nationalgalerie is closed for renovation the collection, which includes some the greatest works of european and american modernism, will not be sealed in vaults until it reopens in 2019. Instead the Hamburger Bahnhof acts as provisional exhibition space, showing Ernst Ludwig Kirchners paintings alongside works by Rosa Barba and Rudoph Stingel. 

Kirchner saw painting as an act of translation between visual and formal properties and the an emotion or sensations. Thus the artists and the media he uses are agencies for expression. Expressionist art works thus transmit a certain feeling associated with the subject matter. Rough brush strokes, condensed, cramped, distorted forms, and vivid, dark colours create the impression Kirchner must have had walking over pre-war Potsdamer Platz, which he depicted in one of his most famous works.

Neue Galerie, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin


Johann König // Daniel Turner: „Particle Processed Cantine“

9th September – 30th October 2016

In the monumental nave of the brutalist church St. Agnes, the gallery of Johann König has created a temple for contemporary art, thus referring to a longstanding tradition of appropriating sacred architecture for exhibition spaces. Daniel Turners hall spanning installation complements the serene, clear nature of the space. His abstract and minimalist work was taken from a stereotypical american school cantine, deconstructing it into its many single parts, distorting its forms, melting it across the floor. What exactly that looks like and how and if a collection of dull every day objects can be morphed into an art work, you will have to wait for the opening on the 9th September!

Alexandrinenstr.118-121, 10969 Berlin