Berlin Art Week 2022 Periphery and the city

Tuesday, September 13 2022

September in Berlin is once again dominated by Berlin Art Week, which this year has its festival centre in the Uferhallen in Wedding. A most welcome focus on this important cultural location, which has been fighting for its preservation since it was sold in 2017 and still has an uncertain future.

The 9,000 m² brick complex, a former BVG maintenance yard, was revived by artists about 15 years ago and saved from uselessness. The result is a unique area with an artist community spread across 80 studios, workshops and presentation spaces. A fantastic location for this year's BAW Garden, which has the motto "Explore Berlin Art Week". From the 14th to the 18th of September 2022, there will be open studios, performances, talks and music here with free admission. Exchange and participation are expressly desired here.

In addition to the numerous participating galleries throughout the city, the art fair Positions Berlin will once again take place at the former Tempelhof Airport. Now in its ninth year, Positions Art Fair, the last remaining art fair to Artweek, plays an important role. This year, 88 galleries from twenty countries will be presenting their programmes, including some well-known Berlin galleries. So, if you've never visited an art fair before: take part! It's always a visually rich and exciting experience, with a flair all its own! In addition, the more than 50 participating Berlin galleries have extended opening hours during the festival week.

Berlin Art Week, Kunstmesse Positions BerlinOana Popa für Kulturprojekte Berlin
Boros Collection, Bunny Rogers, Study for Joan Portrait, Berlin I NOSHE
ifa-Galerien Berlin, Isaac Chong Wai, Die Mütter, 2022, Performance, Klosterruine, Berlin
Jacolby Satterwhite, Birds in Paradise, 2019, at dawn, JSC Berlin. Foto Alwin Lay
Aristide Antonas, The Island Interface, aus der Serie Blooms Room, 2013-16

In general, there are also more and more art venues to discover on the city's outskirts this year. Here are a few examples: Fahrbereitschaft - the now long-standing exhibition venue of the collector couple Barbara and Axel Haubrock in eastern Lichtenberg - is joined by Wilhelm Hallen, a venue in a former iron foundry in Reinickendorf at the other end of the city. In the latter, gallery owner Mehdi Chouakri has set up an outpost where several galleries are once again exhibiting together during Berlin Art Week.

The Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), which lost its ancestral premises in the central Oranienstraße in Kreuzberg after years of protests, has now found a home in the station urbaner kulturen in Hellersdorf, a district in the far east of Berlin. And Anna Gritz, one of the city's most interesting curators, has taken over the reins at the venerable Haus am Waldsee, located deep in Berlin's southwest.

If all the hustle and bustle is too much for you, don't worry. Most of the exhibitions, whether in the project room, gallery, private collection or institutional, run throughout September... which means Berliners can pick and choose - depending on their mood. In any case, art-wise!

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