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Berlin Art Guide

The culturally rich city of Berlin is crawling with art museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. Notable private collections of international contemporary art include the Boros Collection, consisting of works by artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, and Sarah Lucas, housed in a former bunker and the Julia Stoschek Collection, which focuses on time-based works by artists such as Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Barbara Hammer, and Arthur Jafa.

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One of the better-known museums for contemporary art is the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, founded in the 1990s by a group that included Klaus Biesenbach, currently the Director of MOCA Los Angeles. Without a permanent collection, the KW Institute showcases eclectic exhibitions and programs that respond to social and political issues. In 1998, it partnered with the inaugural Berlin Biennale and continues to be a key venue for the Biennale. Like the KW Institute, the Biennale is known for its alternative, critical, and radical (often anti-institutional) ethos.

For a more traditional museum experience featuring antiquities classics, visit the Pergamonmuseum, which was built between 1910 and 1930. The museum is divided into three collections: the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East), and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). Works in the Museum of Islamic Art date from the 7th to the 19th century.

The Alte Nationalgalerie, which offers Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modernist works, is part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It is located on a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), which is home to other museums including the Pergamonmuseum and the Bode-Museum, the latter of which hosts a fantastic collection of ancient sculptures and Byzantine Art.

Outside of alternative spaces, private collections, and Museum Island, it is imperative to go gallery-hopping in one of the most exciting cities for dealer galleries. Favourites and international stars include Sprüth Magers, Peres Projects, and Tanya Leighton. A city known for its artist population and non-normative art venues, Berlin is constantly in flux.


Current Exhibition | Berlin
23 May–11 July 2020
Allan McCollum

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK

Galerie Thomas Schulte View Exhibition
Allan McCollum, An Ongoing Collection of Screengrabs with Reassuring Subtitles. Courtesy Galerie Thomas Schulte. 
Current Exhibition | Berlin
23 May–11 July 2020
Group Exhibition

Listen to a heart beat

Galerie Thomas Schulte View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Berlin
12–30 May 2020
Ian Hamilton Finlay

Room #5

KEWENIG View Exhibition
Installation view: Ian Hamilton Finlay Room #5, Kewenig Berlin (12 May–30 May 2020). © The Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Courtesy Kewenig. Photo: Lepkowski Studios, Berlin. 
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 March–30 June 2020
Richard Artschwager

New Mexico

Sprüth Magers View Exhibition
Richard Artschwager, Horizontal Landscape with Blue Mountains (2010) (detail). Pastel on handmade paper. 45.7 × 60 cm. © Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY 2020/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery and Sprüth Magers. Photo: © Robert McKeever.
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 March–30 June 2020
Kara Walker

THE SOVEREIGN CITIZENS SESQUICENTENNIAL CIVIL WAR CELEBRATION

Sprüth Magers View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Kara Walker, THE SOVEREIGN CITIZENS SESQUICENTENNIAL CIVIL WAR CELEBRATION, Camden Arts Centre (2013–2014). Courtesy Camden Arts Centre, Sprüth Magers and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Photo: Marcus J Leith.
Current Exhibition | Berlin
6 March–6 June 2020
Morten Løbner Espersen

Pearls, Bombs and Moonjars

Brutto Gusto View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Morten Løbner Espersen, Pearls, Bombs and Moonjars, Brutto Gusto, Berlin (6 March–6 June 2020). Courtesy Brutto Gusto. 
Current Exhibition | Berlin
6 March–30 May 2020
Cristian Rusu

The Only Thing I Am Sure About in this Life Lies Above My Head

Galeria Plan B View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Cristian Rusu, The Only Thing I Am Sure About in this Life Lies Above My Head, Galeria Plan B, Berlin (6 March–11 April 2020). Courtesy Galeria Plan B. 

Current Exhibition | Berlin
31 January–19 June 2020
William Tucker

William Tucker – Figure Advancing

Buchmann Galerie View Exhibition
Upcoming Exhibition | Berlin
28 May–4 July 2020
Ulrike Theusner
Galerie Eigen + Art View Exhibition
Ulrike Theusner, The Break (2020). Pastel chalk on paper. 50 x 35 cm. Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin.
Upcoming Exhibition | Berlin
12 June–6 September 2020
Johannes Nagel

No Fake

Brutto Gusto View Exhibition
Johannes Nagel,  Lacy traces I (2020). Porcelain, lead. 72 x 58 x 47 cm. Courtesy Brutto Gusto. 
Upcoming Exhibition | Berlin
19 June–15 August 2020
Gili Tal

For the Sake of Those Who Would Discriminate Between Hallucinations

Galerie Buchholz View Exhibition

Current Exhibitions In Berlin

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Contemporary art exhibition, Allan McCollum, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
23 May–11 July 2020 Allan McCollum EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Listen to a heart beat at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
23 May–11 July 2020 Group Exhibition Listen to a heart beat Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Room #5 at KEWENIG, Berlin
12–30 May 2020 Ian Hamilton Finlay Room #5 KEWENIG, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Artschwager, New Mexico at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
11 March–30 June 2020 Richard Artschwager New Mexico Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Morten Løbner Espersen, Pearls, Bombs and Moonjars at Brutto Gusto, Berlin
6 March–6 June 2020 Morten Løbner Espersen Pearls, Bombs and Moonjars Brutto Gusto, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, William Tucker, William Tucker – Figure Advancing at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
31 January–19 June 2020 William Tucker William Tucker – Figure Advancing Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ulrike Theusner, Ulrike Theusner at Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
28 May–4 July 2020 Ulrike Theusner Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Johannes Nagel, No Fake at Brutto Gusto, Berlin
12 June–6 September 2020 Johannes Nagel No Fake Brutto Gusto, Berlin

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Lee Mingwei: Intimacy Online and Off Ocula Insight Lee Mingwei: Intimacy Online and Off By Sherry Paik, Berlin

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German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown Ocula News German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown London, 23 April 2020

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transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Ocula Conversation transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back By Terence Sharpe, Berlin

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART By Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

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