BERLIN ART WEEK 2020 | 09.09.-13.09.2020

For Berlin Art Week in September 2020, art enthusiasts can expect 55 program partners with more than 150 exhibitions and events. The art fairs POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair and paper, which was postponed due to the Gallery Weekend being cancelled in spring, will take place with the special guest photo basel in two hangars in Tempelhof. As a city-wide cooperation, the intervention “We (all) are the people” by the artist Hans Haacke will be shown in public space with partners of the Berlin Art Week. Under the motto “Take lt Digital”, the Berlin Art Week 2020 will accompany new digital formats.

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Berlinische Galerie, Marc Bauer, The Blow-Up Regime, The Fall, 2020,
Drawing, coloured pencil and pencil on paper, 42 cm x 30 cm.
Courtesy of Marc Bauer and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Photo: Studio Marc Bauer

As the first joint art event after the summer break, Berlin Art Week invites you this September to join us in restarting cultural life in the city. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the decentral concept of Berlin Art Week and new digital forms of access will allow for a city-wide event with a wide variety of participating partner institutions. Already in the weeks prior, a digital journal will appear that presents a portrait of the Berlin art world and allows participants to have their say. An online platform will also complement the rest of the programme with a series of talks, sneak peaks, virtual visits, and other video formats.

“Thanks to its decentral organization, with many different venues across the city, Berlin Art  Week can still be held despite limitations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For Berlin  as a city of culture and especially for the Berlin art world, this exchange and direct contact  with the audience is vital, in the words of Moritz van Dülmen, managing director of  Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, which organizes the collaboration of all partners for Berlin Art  Week. Especially in times like these, Berlin Art Week offers the necessary platform to bring  together key players and visitors, to network and to make art visible and available to the  public beyond Berlin’s boundaries, on location and via digital modes of access.”

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C/O Berlin, Felicity Hammond, Property, 2017, detail,
Inkjet print on dibond, wood, paint, jute, sand.

The partners of this year’s Berlin Art Week include Berlinische Galerie, which will be presenting the solo show of this year’s GASAG Art Prize winner Marc Bauer. Akademie der
Künste will be hosting a series of events showcasing films and talks, curated by Nadim Julien Samman (KW Institute of Contemporary Art), on the European city of the twenty-first
century in the framework of its exhibitions-bringing together architects, scholars, and international artists in analogue and digital formats. Kindl-Centre for Contemporary Art will
also be participating in Berlin Art Week this year once again, opening four exhibitions under  new artistic director Kathrin Becker: beside a group show, a spatially expansive audio visual  installation of two sound sculptures by Nik Nowak and a new production created especially  for the building by the artist Lerato Shadi, who as a representative of Black Feminism places the marginalized body at the centre of her work, and a film work by Israeli artist Ann Oren in the newly created “M1 VideoSpace” .

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Kindl—Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Nik Nowak, The Mantis, 2019.
© Nik Nowak / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020

At the initiative of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and in collaboration with the Haus der  Kulturen der Welt, Akademie der Künste, Kindl- Kindl-Centre for Contemporary Art and others, the art work Wir (alle) sind das Volk (2003/2017) by conceptual artist Hans Haacke will be presented in a new way for the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2020. Originally intended for a public idea competition in Leipzig and shown at documenta 14, the work takes up the slogan of East German demonstrators from 1989/1990, while Haacke emphasizes our ties to all human beings, including migrants and refugees. The intervention will be open air in the form of flags, banners, and posters on the façades and squares of the partners.

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Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Hans Haacke, We (all) are the people, 2003-2017,
Hôtel de Ville, Brussels-Molenbeek, 2017 © Hans Haacke / VG Bild-Kunst, Photo: Dirk Pauwel

In addition, numerous private collections will offer insights into their exhibitions and collections. The alternative Berlin art world this year will once again be participating with 10 project spaces that are honoured in the framework of Berlin Art Week 2020 by being awarded the Project Space Award by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. In addition, one out of three nominated emerging galleries will once again be rewarded with the VBKI-Award Berlin Galleries.

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KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Slavs and Tatars, Towarzystwo Szubrawców, 2015,
Raster Gallery, Warschau. Courtesy Slavs and Tatars

From 10 to 13 September 2020 the art fair POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair will take place again: International galleries will show current developments in contemporary and modern art in Hangar 4 – and this year additionally in Hangar 3 – at Berlin-Tempelhof Airport and invite visitors to discover new positions. Accordingly, the exhibitions in the booths are complemented by a supporting programme with award ceremonies, special exhibitions and other events. The special exhibition Academy Positions presents up-and-coming artists and is particularly aimed at young and prospective collectors. In addition, the salon fair paper on the subject of drawing and the medium paper, which was postponed from May, will take place in the hangars. At the invitation of POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair, this year photo basel/berlin will be welcomed as a special guest and will take place parallel to the other art fairs in Hangar 3 – 4 of Tempelhof Airport.

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