Welcome to today’s topic: BERLIN ART WEEK!
It’s a quite chilly day in Berlin and I am drinking my oat milk latte, so Berlin haha. It’s been a few days since the Berlin Art Week has officially closed its doors for this year. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t visit most of the exhibitions that took part.
September is as I like to call it an Art Month, even though a lot of events still happen even throughout October. But let’s talk about the Art Week!
Every year for about 5 days there is a week that has so many exhibition openings that you can only try to see them all. Usually I would pick a few and slowly visit them, but this year I really tried to see as many as possible, and then I ended up having as I called an “art overload”. Just kidding, that is almost impossible, but the amount of art pieces I have seen during these few days was really admiring I have to say. Galleries and museums all over the city are opening their doors for art enthusiasts. There were several openings each day and we’d have to stop time in order to see them all! Apart from galleries and museums, there were numerous installations all around Berlin. With years I have to say I began to appreciate installations more and more, and especially those that are done as some sort of an urban intervention that everyone can see while walking around, going to work, commuting or just stepping out of their house.
In this post I will show some of my favourite exhibitions and art pieces!
One of my favourite exhibition spaces is for sure KINDL Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst. The space itself leaves you speechless, but the choice of artists that exhibit there never leaves you indifferent.
Next on the list is most definitely Hamburger Bahnhof. An old station that is now an amazing museum offers different exhibitions at the same time. The art that is shown is mostly contemporary and from time to time there are also live performances included. Since the location of the museum is in Mitte, very central, and not more than 3 minutes walking distance from the central train station Hauptbahnhof, this museum for sure is a must to whoever visits Berlin!
After being in an art-architecture world for a while now, Bauhaus has a special place in my heart! This year, 2019, is actually a 100y since the movement has been founded! During the year there have been several exhibitions that showed pieces from this movement, regarding art, design, architecture, even photography (even though lots of photographers don’t even know that Bauhaus plays a big role in our world as well, not just in architecture and design!) Berlinische Galerie (Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, 10969 Berlin) as one of the main and biggest galleries in the city has exhibited pieces from this movement. For the first time I have seen that people are actually standing in a line and waiting for something cultural and not clubs, iPhones and stuff like that.
When speaking of Bauhaus, it’s inevitable to mention Gropius Bau Museum. Martin Gropius who is a founder of the museum was a grandson of Walter Gropius, one of the founders of Bauhaus movement. Gropius Bau Museum is one of my favourite buildings in Berlin and the feeling I get every time I go there is just pure bliss! As museum is pretty big, and it has lots of space, often there are at least 3 different exhibitions, and that was the case this time as well!
After mentioning big guys, I have to talk about my absolute favourite gallery, that has always left me speechless and full of some certain of very special indescribable feeling: Museum Frieder Burda Berlin which is located in the “art street” Auguststraße. One of the photographic projects that I found as the most powerful that I have seen in a long time is being exhibited there. Photographer Olaf Heine and Rwanda Daughters is for sure an experience everybody has to go through if they are in Berlin while its on display! (If you are reading this and you are in Berlin please go and see it!)
And last but not least, Art Fair that was held on the Tempelhofer Feld and inside the abandoned airport. Hangars 5 and 6 hosted numerous galleries and you could see art buyers, gallerists and enthusiasts walking around, having meetings one after the other. I am currently not running a gallery but I for sure enjoyed this fair so much. It was such an inspirational experience!
Since this post has became so long, I am just going to list some other galleries and museums I find very interesting to visit: Me Collectors Room, Akademie der Künste, C/O (will talk about this one more in a specially dedicated post), König Galerie, Auguststraße (street full of galleries!)
Thank you for reading this and I promise there is a lot of very interesting content including interviews with stimulating people coming!
Have a lovely day!