Gallery Weekend Map, Berlin, 2019

Berlin Gallery Weekend 2019

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Amidst the current and plentyful fair season, which sees Art Brussels this week, Berlin hosts it's annual Gallery Weekend, offically opening on Friday May 26, 6 - 9pm. Presenting a whole program of participating galleries, there is also Berlin's museums and institutions, as well as private collections open for visit. Following are a selection of collections from The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors, plus some extra tips.

Fluentum Collection
Well worth the trip to Berlin-Dahlem, the collection of software entrepreneur Markus Hannenbauer which focuses on contemporary time-based media art, opens it's doors for the weekend (Thursday to Sunday) to publicly inaugurate it's new building. On exhibition will be a solo show by Dutch video artist Guido van der Werve, Number Eight, Nine, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Eighteen, as part of the collections new program which will present regularly changing temporary exhibitions, in addition to presenting works from the collection. In light of Berlin's fascination with repurposing historically fuelled buildings, the Fluentum Collection occupies the former US military headquarters, from where the 1948-9 Berlin Airlift was organised.

Following Gallery Weekend, a visit to the Fluentum Collection can be arranged by sending an email.

Julia Stoscheck Collection
A new exhibition will open on Thursday May 25, 8 - 11pm, at the Julia Stoscheck Collection's Berlin base, titled Ongoing Experiments with Strangeness. A collection also focused on media art and contemporary film, the building complex and now cinema setting was the former Czech Cultural Center of East Germany. The new show inside will present the collaborative efforts of Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, who will represent Switzerland at the 2019 Venice Biennale, opening early next month.

Boros Collection
Visit the third presentation of the well-loved Boros Collection this Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 without a reservation during their Open House event. Only twice per year (additionally aligned with Berlin's Gallery Week) is it possible to roam the brutalist walls without prior registration and to additionally take all the time you need to view at your own pace. Guided tours are not taking place, however the knowlegable mediation team is spread throughout the former bunker, offering all the information a tour would.

The ME Collectors Room opened a new exhibition last week, Beyond, with works by Jonas Burgert, Jake & Dinos Chapman, George Condo, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, FORT, Kris Martin, and Francisco de Goya. As for The Feuerle Collection, found inside a former telecommunciations bunker, a unique incense ceremony is offered (booked in advance), following the ancient art of Chinese incense proceedings.

To combine with this consumption of art, there is a delicious collection of authentic Asain food to be discovered at the nicknamed Thaipark in Wilmserdorf. From April - October, on Fridays - Sundays, the park becomes taken over by aisles of rainbow beach umbrellas, forming makeshift stalls where the on-site cooking of thai food takes place. As for an evening option, a special new location has opened up in Neukölln on Hobrechstraße 45 called Brutall. The owners (with previous Berlin locations) are known for their good taste in all things fine, where at Brutall, the minimal and classy interior with attention to beautiful lighting, goes perfeclty in hand with the creative list of cocktails. Special ingredients are sourced to mix, supporting small and local producers.

Gallery Weekend Map, Berlin, 2019
Gallery Weekend Map, Berlin, 2019

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