Germany

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
7 July–1 August 2020
Jannis Kounellis

Room #7

KEWENIG View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Jannis Kounellis, Room #7, Kewenig Berlin (7 July – 1 August 2020). © Jannis Kounellis. Courtesy Kewenig. Photo: Lepkowski Studios, Berlin. 
Room #7
Current Exhibition | Berlin
7 July–22 August 2020
Li Qing

EAST OF EDEN

Galerie Eigen + Art View Exhibition
Li Qing, Hangzhou House No. 1-8 (2017–2019). Series of 8 photographs. Each 90 x 60 cm. Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin.
EAST OF EDEN
Current Exhibition | Berlin
27 June–30 August 2020
Group Exhibition

Endless Lows, Breaking High

Rolando Anselmi View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Endless Lows, Breaking High, Rolando Anselmi, Berlin (27 June–30 Aug 2020). Courtesy Rolando Anselmi. 
Endless Lows, Breaking High
Current Exhibition | Berlin
26 June–1 August 2020
Tony Cragg, Tatsuo Miyajima, Bettina Pousttchi, William Tucker

CUTOFF

Buchmann Galerie View Exhibition
CUTOFF
Current Exhibition | Berlin
26 June–29 August 2020
Isaac Chong Wai, Elmas Deniz, Simon Wachsmuth

Recurrence

Zilberman Gallery View Exhibition
Recurrence
Current Exhibition | Berlin
19 June–15 August 2020
Gili Tal

For the Sake of Those Who Would Discriminate Between Hallucinations

Galerie Buchholz View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Gili Tal, For the Sake of Those Who Would Discriminate Between Hallucinations, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin (19 June–15 August 2020). Courtesy Galerie Buchholz Berlin/Cologne/New York.
For the Sake of Those Who Would Discriminate Between Hallucinations
Current Exhibition | Berlin
16 June–26 July 2020
Group Exhibition

PS81E

Esther Schipper View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, PS81E, Esther Schipper, Berlin (16 June–26 July 2020). Courtesy Esther Schipper. 
PS81E
Current 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. 
No Fake
Current Exhibition | Berlin
4 June–1 August 2020
Bernd Koberling

Am Rande der Mündung

KEWENIG View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Bernd Koberling, Am Rande der Mündung, KEWENIG, Berlin (4 June–1 August 2020). Courtesy KEWENIG. Photo: Lepkowski Studios, Berlin.
Am Rande der Mündung
Current Exhibition | Berlin
29 May–25 July 2020
Group Exhibition

Ausblicke

Galerie Albrecht View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Ausblicke, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin (29 May–25 July 2020). Courtesy Galerie Albrecht.
Ausblicke

Current Exhibitions In Berlin

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Contemporary art exhibition, Jannis Kounellis, Room #7 at KEWENIG, Berlin
7 July–1 August 2020 Jannis Kounellis Room #7 KEWENIGBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Li Qing, EAST OF EDEN at Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
7 July–22 August 2020 Li Qing EAST OF EDEN Galerie Eigen + ArtBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Endless Lows, Breaking High at Rolando Anselmi, Berlin
27 June–30 August 2020 Group Exhibition Endless Lows, Breaking High Rolando AnselmiBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Tony Cragg, Tatsuo Miyajima, Bettina Pousttchi, William Tucker, CUTOFF at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
26 June–1 August 2020 Tony Cragg, Tatsuo Miyajima, Bettina Pousttchi, William Tucker CUTOFF Buchmann GalerieBuchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Isaac Chong Wai, Elmas Deniz, Simon Wachsmuth, Recurrence at Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
26 June–29 August 2020 Isaac Chong Wai, Elmas Deniz, Simon Wachsmuth Recurrence Zilberman GalleryBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, PS81E at Esther Schipper, Berlin
16 June–26 July 2020 Group Exhibition PS81E Esther SchipperBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Johannes Nagel, No Fake at Brutto Gusto, Berlin
12 June–6 September 2020 Johannes Nagel No Fake Brutto GustoBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Bernd Koberling, Am Rande der Mündung at KEWENIG, Berlin
4 June–1 August 2020 Bernd Koberling Am Rande der Mündung KEWENIGBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Ausblicke at Galerie Albrecht, Berlin
29 May–25 July 2020 Group Exhibition Ausblicke Galerie AlbrechtBerlin

Ocula Member Galleries In Berlin

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Brutto Gusto contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Brutto Gusto Berlin
Galerie Buchholz contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Buchholz Berlin, Cologne, New York
Galerie Eigen + Art contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Eigen + Art Berlin, Leipzig
KEWENIG contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany KEWENIG Berlin, Palma
Rolando Anselmi contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Rolando Anselmi Berlin, Rome
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles
Zilberman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Zilberman Gallery Istanbul, Berlin

Contemporary Institutions In Berlin

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