One thing I do well is to exaggerate. The previous weekend diary included many galleries, museums, a lot of coffee stops and masks thanks to a duo: 9th edition of Berlin Art Week and Galleries Weekend. This if we don’t count also the 11th Berlin Biennale for contemporary art, and all lighted up together by the Festival of Lights. I like Septembers.
Berlin Art Week from the 9th until 13th of September, partnered this year with Galleries Weekend, event usually happening in the spring. Of course the edition was different, respecting the social distance, with the option to book online tickets and time slots.
It wasn’t us
Berlin Art Week was in various locations and galleries in the city, including also private collections. The selection of events and tips can be read also on the guide of Art Week website.
I started at Hamburger Bahnhof Museum to see the exhibition “It wasn’t us” by artist Katherina Grosse, open until January 2021. As the artist explains, the name if the expo means that “the results of our actions are always influenced by unexpected moments and experiences as well as blind spots which later serve to define a situation”.
Friday in Kreuzberg. I decided to start here since it has “only” 7 galleries in the program and I really wanted to stop at ORA restaurant, set in an old pharmacy.
My highlights and recommendations from Kreuzberg are:
- Marc Bauer at Berlinische Gallery
- König Galerie – Alexandrinenstrasse 118
Art & the City
On Saturday, the district Mitte was busy and my favorite this year, many events taking place also outdoor, at Gropius Bau and a sculpture in front of Palais Populaire on Unter den Linden.
The space “am Tacheles” of the former Kunsthaus Tacheles for the expo “Memories of NOW” was presenting the works of 9 women.
Nearby, many spaces in Mitte on Auguststrasse are favorites, including:
- Kunsthaus Artes
- KW Institute for Contemporary Art
- the bookshop “Do you read me?”
- Berlin Gallery
- Deschler Gallery
- And especially “Mogg”, located in an old bricked former Jewish school for girls
- Palais Populaire on Unter den Linden 5 – Cao fei whose utopia and expo “Time”.
On the same street, for a break or dinner, Clärchens Ballhaus is a beautiful restored restaurant, Biergarten and legendary dancing room at the “Spiegel Saal/Mirror room”, as the name suggests. The menu has traditional German food, including Flammkuchen and cocktails at📌Auguststraße 24
In the West
The spaces taking part in the Galleries Weekend are mostly clustered in Charlottenburg at Fasanenstraße and Savigny platz.
Next Berlin Art Week will take place between 15—19 September 2021, while the Galleries Weekend from 30th April until 2nd of May 2021.