Berlin Art Week 2020 | Review

Berlin Art Week 2020, Berlin’s first major city-wide event since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, is coming to a successful end today with tens of thousands of visitors. The organisers are relieved and more than satisfied with a successful and programme-rich art week: The great demand and the completely booked-up time slots have confirmed that there is a great desire for analogue events, always in compliance with the necessary rules of distance and hygiene. At the same time, the diverse open-air programmes in the best late summer weather were very well received, as were the complementary digital formats. The Berlin Art Week was attended by 20 art institutions and museums, the fairs Positions Berlin Art Fair, paper positions berlin and photo basel/berlin, 13 private collections, 10 excellent project spaces and numerous galleries. The Gallery Weekend 2020, which had been moved from spring to September, took place at the same time.

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Impressions of the POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair 2020, Photo: Björn Breckner

For five days, visitors to the Berlin Art Week were finally able to discover analog positions in contemporary art and experience the cultural diversity of the German capital: Cooperations of various partner institutions, longer opening hours, a new reservation tool, outdoor events, a varied range of tours and the bilingual digital programme have created special insights into Berlin’s art scene. “Together with our partners, we have taken up the challenge of realising a major event in this extraordinary year that will provide access to art for all Berliners*. We are very pleased that the concept of Berlin Art Week has worked out so well even in these difficult times,” says Simone Leimbach, head of exhibitions and events at Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, which is responsible for Berlin Art Week. “The great demand has confirmed that analogue events are still needed, the digital can only be a complement. The visitors* have been understanding and prudent and have been able to experience art in a much more intensive way than might otherwise have been the case, despite the greatly reduced ticket quotas resulting from the Corona Regulation,” Leimbach continues.

Zu den Highlights der Berlin Art Week zählte eine Neuauflage von Hans Haackes Werk ›Wir (alle) sind das Volk‹, initiiert vom Neuen Berliner Kunstvereins (n.b.k.) und realisiert von Kulturprojekte Berlin. An zahlreichen Partnerinstitutionen wie der Akademie der Künste, den Berliner Festspielen/Immersion, dem Gropius Bau, dem Haus der Kulturen der Welt, dem Hamburger Bahnhof—Museum für Gegenwart—Berlin, dem Kindl—Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Savvy Contemporary, der Volksbühne Berlin und vielen weiteren Orten war die Intervention in Form von Fahnen, Bannern und Plakaten an den Fassaden und Plätzen der Partner zu sehen. 

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Impressions of the POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair 2020, Photo: Björn Breckner

Neben der restlos ausverkauften Messe Positions Berlin Art Fair mit der paper position.berlin und photo basel/berlin, die in diesem Jahr mit über 130 Aussteller*innen und einem Rahmenprogramm aus Talks, Preisverleihungen und Performances im ehemaligen Flughafen Tempelhof stattfanden, zählten auch die zweite Ausgabe der Messe in St. Agnes in der König Galerie sowie Studio Berlin, eine Kooperation der Boros Foundation mit dem Berliner Club Berghain, zu den Highlights. Gleich vier neue Partner präsentierten zudem erstmalig Positionen zur Berlin Art Week: Brücke-Museum, ifa-Galerie Berlin, Savvy Contemporary und Times Art Center Berlin. Viele Berliner Privatsammlungen gewährten mit Sonderöffnungszeiten exklusive Einblicke in ihre Bestände und 10 Gewinner*innen des Preises für künstlerische Projekträume und –initiativen wurden im Rahmen der Berlin Art Week ebenso für ihr Schaffen ausgezeichnet wie die Berliner Galerie ChertLüdde, die den diesjährigen VBKI-Preis Berliner Galerien gewann. 

The 10th edition of Berlin Art Week will take place from 15 to 19 September 2021.

The Berlin Art Week was again made possible with funds from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Companies and was sponsored by Gasag AG. 

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