Gallery Weekend Berlin

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
April 12, 2016

An established entry on the international art calendar, Gallery Weekend Berlin presents the work of emerging and established artists in conjunction with 54 Berlin galleries taking place from April 29 – May 1, 2016.

Initiated and organized twelve years ago by a small group of Berlin galleries, Gallery Weekend Berlin was founded for galleries in order to draw attention to the gallery space as a site enabling artists to develop their art, while also highlighting the city of Berlin, with its high density of artists and gallerists living and working here.
With its unique interplay of an intense engagement with art, its status as an anticipated social event, and the experience of the city itself, Gallery Weekend Berlin remains unparalleled despite efforts to duplicate it. Berlin galleries are distinguished by their reputation — closely interconnected with Berlin history — for presenting exhibitions that choose to privilege the artist over more commercial aspects. One has been able to experience exhibitions presented by Berlin galleries over the last 20 years that could only have been conceivable in institutions elsewhere. Many of the artists represented by Berlin galleries currently live in Berlin or have done so in the past, growing in close connection to and with their galleries.

For artists, Berlin offered affordable studios and production, and for gallerists: the corresponding exhibition, office and storage space. Berlin has always been a city of upheaval, with its collapsed histories of differing political orientations and their diverse, yet unfulfilled, conceptions of the city. Berlin’s continuous transformation facilitated open spaces from which sprung an art scene that was experimental, crossed genres, and freed itself from conventions. An understanding of the ‘gallery’ emerged that prompted exhibitions in spaces that redefined the very term.
The past 20 years have seen continuous change in Berlin and its art scene; not all is still new, and much has proven itself with the test of time. The city boasts a curiosity that remains a driving force in preventing Berlin from ever being ‘finished’.

The full list of participating galleries and artist:

Arratia Beer: Ed Fornieles
Galerie Guido W. Baudach: Andy Hope 1930
Blain | Southern: Harland Miller
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi: Oscar Murillo; Stephen G. Rhodes
BQ: Jochen Lempert
Galerie Buchholz: Wolfgang Tillmans
Buchmann Galerie: Bettina Pousttchi; Daniel Buren
Capitain Petzel: Christopher Williams
Carlier | Gebauer: Mark Wallinger; Iman Issa
Contemporary Fine Arts: Gert & Uwe Tobias; Christian Rosa
Mehdi Chouakri: Philippe Decrauzat
Crone: Hanne Darboven
Croy Nielsen: Sebastian Black; Megan Rooney
Delmes & Zander: Horst Ademeit
Galerie Eigen + Art: Carsten Nicolai
Konrad Fischer Galerie: Alice Channer
Michael Fuchs Galerie: Tomi Ungerer
Gerhardsen Gerner: Jim Lambie
Galerie Michael Haas: Paula Modersohn-Becker; Leiko Ikemura
Galerie Max Hetzler: Edmund de Waal
Johnen Galerie: Martin Honert
Kewenig: Ghada Amer
Kicken Berlin: Sibylle Bergemann, Rudi Meisel, Gabriele und Helmut Nothhelfer, Helga Paris, Petra Wunderlich, Ulrich Wüst
Klemm’s: Bernard Piffaretti
Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition: Rirkrit Tiravanija
König Galerie: Annette Kelm; K.H. Hödicke; Katharina Grosse, Jeppe Hein, Camille Henrot, Alicija Kwade, Michael Sailstorfer, Tatiana Trouvé, David Zink Yi
KOW: Tobias Zielony; Hiwa K
Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler: Rachel Harrison
Tanya Leighton: Aleksandra Domanovic
Daniel Marzona: Olaf Holzapfel
Mathew Gallery: Richard Phillips
Meyer Riegger: Miriam Cahn
Galerie Nagel Draxler: Egan Frantz; Günther Förg, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Martin Kippenberger, Heimo Zobernig
Galerie Neu: Anne Collier; Victor Man
neugerriemschneider: Tobias Rehberger
Galerie Nordenhake: Michael Schmidt
Peres Projects: Mike Bouchet
Galeria Plan B: Victor Man
Galerija Gregor Podnar: Julije Knifer
PSM: Eduardo Basualdo
Aurel Scheibler: Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Esther Schipper: Tomás Saraceno
Galerie Micky Schubert: Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili
Galerie Thomas Schulte: Idris Khan; Daniel Buren
Société: Petra Cortright
Sprüth Magers: Thea Djordjadze; Craig Kauffman; Alexandre Singh
Supportico Lopez: Adriano Costa
Galerie Barbara Thumm: Diango Hernández
VW (Veneklasen / Werner): Pat O’Neill
Galerie Barbara Weiss: Maria Eichhorn
Wentrup: Peles Empire
Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner: Per Kirkeby
Barbara Wien: Michael Rakowitz

Opening hours during Gallery Weekend Berlin

Friday, April 29 | Private view | 11- 6pm.  Opening | 6 – 9pm
Saturday, April 30 | 11 AM – 7pm
Sunday, May 1 | 11 AM – 7pm


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