KW Institute for Contemporary Art | Reopening + New exhibition periods

KW Institute for Contemporary Art will open its doors again to visitors* from Saturday, May 30, 2020. After temporary closure, the building invites visitors to visit the exhibitions of Hassan Sharif, Jasmina Metwaly and Yazan Khalili within the regular opening hours.

ART at Berlin - KW Institute for Contemporary Art - Installation view corridor 2016 - Photo Frank Sperling

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Installation view corridor, 2016, Photo: Frank Sperling

As part of the reopening, comprehensive hygiene and protective measures will be taken to protect visitors and employees in accordance with the Standards des Landes Berlin. The total number of permitted visitors* in the current exhibitions is limited to 25 persons, so that the minimum distance of 1.5 m can be maintained. For detailed information on our hygiene and protection measures, please refer to the Webseite.

Café Bravo is also opening its doors – coffee specialities as well as changing cake and snack offers can be consumed in the courtyard of KW or ordered to take away.


Hassan Sharif

I Am The Single Work Artist

New period: 30. May – 19. July 2020

In collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation and Malmö Konsthall, KW presents the first major retrospective of the Emirati artist Hassan Sharif (1951–2016) in Europe. Sharif was one of the most influential artists from the Middle East of the twentieth century. He is considered a leading pioneer of Conceptual Art and new experimental artistic approaches that reconceived a conventional understanding of time, space, form, and social interactions, and which continue to resonate significantly with the younger generation to this day. Throughout his lifetime, Sharif created a complex, critical, and multifaceted body of work, including drawings, paintings, assemblages, sculptural installations, and performances. Detached from local art production, he articulated an artistic language that followed its own logic and artistic impetus, and was also process-based and not elitist.

Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions:

Jasmina Metwaly & Yazan Khalili

New period: 30. May – 19. July 2020

As part of the first edition of the Consortium Commissions, KW and Mophradat present two solo exhibitions of the artists Jasmina Metwaly (born in 1982, PL) and Yazan Khalili (born in 1981, SY), each of whom will present a new moving image work. Metwaly’s three-channel video installation with textile components addresses the semantics of military uniforms in the aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and Khalili’s video installation is based on his long-standing engagement with digital archiving in times of political unrest. A pioneering model for co-commissioning ambitious new work, the Consortium Commissions exemplify Mophradat’s inventive approach to supporting artists throughout the Arab world.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin-Mitte


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