BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2022

Gallery Weekend is the unofficial queen of Berlin art events and has even established itself as a highlight in the international art calender. Each spring, around 50 Berlin galleries open exhibitions by emerging and established artists and welcome numerous visitors from around the world to the German capital. Founded in 2005 by a cooperative of Berlin galleries, this unique format provides an unparalleled experience of the local art scene. In the hopes that we get to meet some of you in person over the course of the weekend, here are some recommondations of places where you might actually run into us:

© Ludger Paffrath, courtesy Ebensperger
© Ludger Paffrath, courtesy Ebensperger

Lea Draeger

Ökonomische Päpste und Päpstinnen

Lea Draeger presents her series "Economic Popes and Popes" for the first time in its preliminary entirety during this year’s Gallery Weekend. The installation will spread across walls and floors in the Westhalle of the former crematorium Wedding, at Ebensperger and Luxoom Lab. Already in January, Lea Draeger’s debut novel “Wenn ich euch verraten könnte” [If I Could Betray You] was published by hanserblau. This text is the literal equivalent of her papal and, above all, female papal legion, which has initially been conceived as a series of “1000 Ökonomische Päpste” and now consists more than 5.000 postage stamp-sized portraits of popes and female popes.

EBENSPERGER
Krematorium Wedding
Plantagenstraße 30 (across from no. 10)
13347 Berlin

Pieter Schoolwerth, Installation view, Rigged, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, 2022. Photo: def image. Courtesy of the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Pieter Schoolwerth, Installation view, Rigged, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, 2022. Photo: def image. Courtesy of the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin

Pieter Schoolwerth

Rigged

"(...) The heterotopias in Rigged pull back the curtain on the visual logic of 3D-modeling, which is largely agnostic to bygone value judgments like taste and beauty (quantity, not quality, is the rule). Instead, hyper-mediation has turned images—for Schoolwerth and Turbosquid vendors alike—into a defacto runoff grate for a torrent of anxieties: Who gets to be a person, to be alive, to be animated, to be on display? This unease around who counts and who doesn’t is endemic to the word 'rigged'. And in breaking the rig, Schoolwerth binds these constituent tensions to the intersubjective pandemonium they unleash." - Lucy Hunter

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
Kohlfurter Straße 41 / 43
10999 Berlin

Haegue Yang, Energy-Powered Soul Stick – Mesmerizing Mesh #74, 2021. Hanji on alu-dibond, framed, 92 x 62 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin. Photo: Studio Haegue Yang
Haegue Yang, Energy-Powered Soul Stick – Mesmerizing Mesh #74, 2021. Hanji on alu-dibond, framed, 92 x 62 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin. Photo: Studio Haegue Yang

Haegue Yang

Mesmerizing Mesh – Paper Leap and Sonic Guard

Hague Yang’s sixth solo presentation at the gallery introduces the series Mesmerizing Mesh (since 2021) in Europe. For this occasion, Wiens Verlag publishes the booklet Mesmerizing Mesh – Paper Leap. The exhibition title Mesmerizing Mesh – Paper Leap and Sonic Guard underscores the two main elements of the show – paper works and Sonic Sculptures. Twenty-six collages from Mesmerizing Mesh form the exhibition’s focus; alongside of this, two Sonic Sculptures are presented. Additionally, three wall-mounted Appliance Sculptures and a suspended Lantern Sculpture are on view.

BARBARA WIEN
Schöneberger Ufer 65 (3rd Floor)
10785 Berlin

Anna Boghiguian, A Tin Drum That Has Forgotten Its Own Rhythm, 2019, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, installation view at S.M.A.K., 2020-2021, photography: Dirk Pauwels
Anna Boghiguian, A Tin Drum That Has Forgotten Its Own Rhythm, 2019, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, installation view at S.M.A.K., 2020-2021, photography: Dirk Pauwels

Anna Boghiguian

Anna Boghiguian, who was born to Armenian parents in Cairo in 1946, is an artist unlike any other. She studied political science and sociology in Cairo, then art and music in Montreal. For the longest time, the art she started making in the early 1970 was cherished mostly by art-world insiders—then, beginning in 2011, she participated in a growing number of biennials, presented her work at documenta 15, had shows at major museums.

On the thematic level, Anna Boghiguian’s work revolves around the worldwide wanderings that led her to her subjects; its formal mainstay are the artists’ books—she has now published over seventy of them—in which she records her peregrinations. Their spontaneous and widely associative idiom also informs work her in painting and installation art, as exemplified by the two sprawling installations on view at KOW.

The artist interweaves local manifestations and global flows of commodities, market, and capital, of humans, ideas, and regimes, of powers and counterpowers, threading unsuspected narrative interconnections between moments in time, places, and actors—some central, others peripheral—that resonate with each other across history. In so doing, she reads world affairs against the grain. It is a subjective perspective that picks up on details, that gathers and networks, but also isolates. Here are bodies and fates cast aside by the grand wheel of events that caught her eyes. Here are writings, some private, some from literary sources, that point ways through time and to today’s concerns. Here are materials such as tin or silk that spark clashes over resources, whose production and trade structure the human globe. Here are instants—individual constellations of figures and themes—frozen in vividly expressive lines, colors, forms, and gestures.

Text: Alexander Koch.

KOW
Lindenstraße 35
10969 Berlin

Insiders (62)

Tokini Peterside

Founder and Director, ART X Lagos

Poka-Yio

Founding Director of the Athens Biennale

Boris Ondreička

Artistic Director of viennacontemporary

Maribel Lopez

Director of ARCO

David Gryn

Founder and Director of Daata

Fondation Beyeler Audiovisual Broadcast

Fondation Beyeler and Nordstern Basel present Dixon x Transmoderna

Gary Yeh

Founder of ArtDrunk and Young Collector

WATCH: The Best of the BMW Art Guide

Where will you travel next to explore art?

Maike Cruse

2020 Gallery Weekend Berlin

Touria El Glaoui

Founding Director of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Johann König

Messe in St. Agnes

PArt - Producers Art Platform

A crisis initiative to help artists directly affected by the pandemic

Barbara Moore

CEO of Biennale of Sydney

Unique Collector’s Item

by Independent Collectors

Alix Dana

Fair Director at Independent

When Collectors are Able to Commission

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Juliet Kothe and Julia Rust

Initiators of Collection Night, Berlin

Marie-Anne McQuay

Curator of Wales in Venice, 58th Venice Biennale 2019

Dorothy and Herb Vogel

Two extraordinary art collectors

Heather Hubbs

Director at NADA

Every Art Collection Needs Space

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Collecting Art with François Pinault

Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi

A Common Ground

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Caroline Vos

Director at Amsterdam Art Weekend

Hidden Collections

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Nicole Berry

Executive Director of The Armory Show

Daniel Hug

Fair Director at Art Cologne

The Role of the Art Fair

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Peter Bläuer

Director at LISTE

A Brush Against Nature

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Ilaria Bonacossa

Director of Artissima

Excessiveness, the Latent Danger of Collecting Art

by Independent Collectors

Jo Stella-Sawicka

Artistic Director at Frieze

Florence Bourgeois

Director at Paris Photo

Where Artists Can Work More Playfully

by Christiane Meixner

Specifically Commissioned

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Manuela Mozo

Executive Director of UNTITLED, ART Miami and San Francisco

Important Museums and Private Collections

by Christiane Meixner

Susanna Corchia

Director of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend

Emilia van Lynden

Artistic Director at Unseen, Amsterdam

Carlos Urroz

Director at ARCOmadrid

Shoe Smudges Streaked Across the White Walls

by Christiane Meixner

Amanda Coulson

Director at VOLTA Basel

Douwe Cramer

Director at Singapore Contemporary

Art and Architecture – Attractive Allies

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Jo Baring

Curator of Sculpture Series, Masterpiece London

Bidders and Buyers

by Christiane Meixner

Anne Vierstraete

Managing Director at Art Brussels

Nanna Hjortenberg

Director at CHART

The Crucial Role of the New

by Independent Collectors

Makers and Believers

On Art History’s Most Famous Patrons

The Past is Back

And collectors are buying it up

Are Artists the Better Curators?

On the diminishing boundary between professions in the art world

The Digital Museum

On the importance of the museum’s web presence

The Man in the Middle

On the curator’s private and public engagements

A Private Matter?

On the importance of physical space for the value of art

Off the Wall

How museums contribute to the worth of artworks

Where to Go Next?

The fragmentation of Manhattan’s gallery scene

To Buy or Not to Buy

Collectors on their experiences of letting an artwork slip away

How to Pass On a Passion

On long-term challenges for new private museums

Kamiar Maleki

Director at VOLTA