With our seven Local Tours, you can explore Berlin Art Week at your pleasure by neighbourhood. Our tours take you to museums, galleries, collections, project spaces, artistic interventions in public space, and additional exciting locations in the various parts of the city. The editors of Cee Cee Berlin have added tips to enhance your physical and mental well-being on our tours, from suggestions for cafes and restaurants to proposed spots for moments of restful quiet, you will surely find something to take a break.
The art scene in trendy Wedding is as diverse as the district itself. On this tour from Bornholmer Strasse to Osloer Strasse, you can get a good overview of the project spaces nearby; the walk includes a stop at the swimming pool at Humbodthain and a stroll through the park.
Local tour Wedding kicks off with the project space Spor Klübü, where multi- media artist Ella Ziegler engages with media and emotions. At Gesundbrunnen Station Schneeeule presents a glass case exhibition. The tour continues above ground on a green stroll past two former flak towers; the destination is Sommerbad Humboldthain, the location of project space and Kiosk Tropez. In this group show, the body is reflected upon as a desired and desiring object. Space and encounter also play a role in the exhibition ›re-space‹ at c/o Kunstpunkt Berlin. Around the corner, there’s panke.gallery, where modern app-controlled workplaces are critically scrutinised. Across Leopoldplatz on the way to Seestraße, Scriptings will take place, where Zandile Darko with ›Imagination Office‹ seeks out new possibilities of expression to describe the world. At project space gr_und closeness, intimacy, and access are artistically negotiated. The final stop on the tour is the nomadic project space EVBG near U-Bahnhof Osloer Straße, currently a guest at uqbar, spotlighting video and sound works by international artists.
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Berlin in focus: urban development, the Berlin wall, and participation in urban space form the thematic brackets for events at Statista, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and Collection Regard. Museum FriederBburda|Salon Berlin and Me Collectors Room combine outstanding positions in modern and contemporary art.
State Art, Pioneeric Use, and Representation are the key words for Statista, located at Haus der Statistik on Alexanderplatz, an artistic initiative by Z/KU— Center for Art and Urbanistics and KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Collection Regard focuses on the topic of the Berlin Wall, presenting photographic works by Patrick Tourneboeuf. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gerhard Richter, and Jonas Burgert are each given their own room at me Collectors Room. At KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Christina Ramberg presents works showing bodies constrained in tight corsets. Just nearby you’ll find Museum Frieder Burda|Salon Berlin. For Berlin Art Week, Sonia Gomes, who focuses on sculptures made of fabric and wire, and Olaf Heine will be shown. The tour concludes with a stop at n.b.k. ›1989—2019: The Politics of Space in the New Berlin‹ asks about continuing or emerging blockades and borders in the city and participatory possibilities. In addition, a new production by artist Candice Breitz is presented.
The tour along Mitte/Unter den Linden not only takes you to the major institutions and private collections, but also past many of berlin’s tourist attractions: Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Bebelplatz and Tiergarten are along the route.
Things couldn’t get more Berlin-Mitte: the tour takes to you the art institutions and private collections at the heart of Berlin. The starting point is the exhibition ›Walking Through Walls‹ at Gropius Bau. This group show engages with barriers, divisions, and walls created by people. Proceeding towards the city centre, you will reach the Wurlitzer Pied à Terre Collection, which will be presenting the work of Max Renneisen. Towards the west in the direction of Leipziger Straße, is Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin, which will be showing Studio WangShui’s queer imaginations of the world using installative video works. Film projects by artists from Sri Lanka are being shown at Schinkel Pavillon by Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann. The tour continues on to Schering Stiftung, in which Anna Virnich engages multi-sensorially with the subject of odour. Through the luscious green of Tiergarten, the tour moves on to Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The programme ›Reading Bodies!‹ explores, on Saturday and Sunday, aspects of how people categorize the bodies around them, conceiving strategies for a pluralistic and inclusive society.
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Kreuzberg stands out with its diversity: sculpture, video, and interesting works presented on outdoor façades as well as the spectacular full-dome of the mobile planetarium of Berliner Festspiele/Immersion offer a programme rich in variety.
The starting point is Konrad Fischer Galerie, where the Haubrok Collection as a guest shows ›Rudolf Polanszky illuminated by F. West‹. Not far from here, Berlinische Galerie is showing sculptures by Bettina Pousttchi as well as the exterior façade designed by her. In the direction of urban hubbub at the Kottbusser Tor you first enter the daadgalerie, where new video works by Egyptian multi-media artist Iman Issa are presented. An establishment in the neighbourhood is the Kreuzberg Pavillon, where Joshua Schwebel, one of the artists nominated for the Berlin Art Prize, shows his work. The next station, Kotti Shop, also deals with the interactions between structure and action, neighbourhood and the design of urban space. You can then sit or lie about in the mobile dome on Mariannenplatz, where the Dutch duo Metahaven presents their powerful video work ›Elektra‹. As an added bonus, you can register for a guided tour at Collection Arthur de Ganay. Housed in an old jam factory, it is now open to visitors for the first time in years.
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Local Tour Neukölln moves from historical Böhmisches Dorf to trendy Reuterkiez. Along the way: KINDL—Centre for Contemporary Art, the project spaces Centrum, the Institute for Endotic Resarch (TIER), and Apartment Project, and the gallery Schwarz Contemporary.
At your first stop at Kindl—Centre for Contemporary Art, several exciting artists present their work: Bjørn Melhus with video works, known for the odd characters that he himself embodies, and Bettina Pousttchi, who has created photography banners the height of the space. Natalie Czech and Friederike Feldmann process image and text in their artworks. A solo show of the Cuban artist Levi Orta can be found at project space Centrum. The project space The Institute for Endotic Resarch (TIER), located near Stadtbad Neukölln, exhibits works by one of the nominees for the Berlin Art Prize, Min Wie-Ting. Via Böhmisches Dorf, a small picturesque attraction of its own accord, you arrive at Apartment Project, where a cultural and artistic engagement with recent exiles from Turkey is presented. Along Sonnenallee you arrive at Schwarz Contemporary, nominated for the VBKI- Preis Berliner Galerien showing Jenna Westra, who photographs the human body in unusual, or at least uncomfortable positions.
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From Tempelhof Aairport, the way leads underground and to a bar: if you take this tour, you’ll get an impression of the variety offered by Berlin Art Week, not least because of the two art fairs art berlin and Positions Berlin Art Fair.
The two art fairs at the former Tempelhof Airport are one of Berlin Art Week’s highlights. Positions Berlin Art Fair offers a wide-ranging auxiliary programme with talks, prize award ceremonies, and performances, featuring 70 galleries. Hosting 110 galleries from sixteen countries, art berlin places a focus on curated exhibitions to offer a special art fair experience. At the two underground stations Platz der Luftbrücke and Paradestraße not far from the fairs, Stephanie Hanna and Miro Kaygalak have designed neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) posters dealing with armaments industry as the topic of their critical scrutiny. From there you can reach Kunstsaele Berlin by public transport, where works from the Collection Bergmeier are on view. After the long tour, stop off after 7pm at TV (New Theater): the newly opened bar sees itself as a production centre for news, video, and performance.
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In the West of the city, near the Zoo you’ll find Haus am Lützowplatz, Miettinen Collection, Galerie Burster, and C/O Berlin. This tour leads to object and photography exhibitions well worth a visit. You should also plan a stop at Museum Berggruen near Charlottenburg palace.
The Charlottenburg tour begins with the apparatuses of illusion by object artist Tobias Dostal at Haus am Lützowplatz. The tour then leads onwards to Galerie Katharina Maria Raab. Fatiha Zemmouri presents sculptures, collages, and painted works. After a short walk down Tauentzienstraße towards Kurfürstendamm, you will reach Miettinen Collection | Salon Dahlmann, which has reopened its doors after extensive renovations.Timo Miettinen presents his collection in his private apartment. At galerie burster, students from Universität der Künste are given the opportunity to exhibit their work. Finally, C/O Berlin awaits with two exhibitions: ›No Photos on the Dance Floor!‹ documents club culture in Berlin since 1989, and Robert Frank’s black and white photographs beam you back to America in the 1950s. For a direct comparison of positions by Pablo Picasso and Thomas Scheibitz, take the M45 bus to Luisenplatz/Schloss Charlottenburg and visit Museum Berggruen.
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