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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
12 September–14 November 2020
Andreas Gursky
Sprüth Magers, Berlin View Exhibition
Courtesy Sprüth Magers.
Andreas Gursky
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 September–2 October 2020
Richard Hawkins
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin View Exhibition
Richard Hawkins
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 September–17 October 2020
Philippe Parreno

Manifestations

Esther Schipper, Berlin View Exhibition

Philippe Parreno, Marquee (2016). Opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound program, opaque acrylic chains. 60 x 187 x 80 cm. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa.

Manifestations
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 September–17 October 2020
Ugo Rondinone

nuns + monks

Esther Schipper, Berlin View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Ugo Rondinone, nuns + monks, Esther Schipper, Berlin (11 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy Esther Schipper. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.

nuns + monks
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 September–17 October 2020
Chen Ruo Bing

What we cannot speak about

Galerie Albrecht, Berlin View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Chen Ruo Bing, What we cannot speak about, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin (11 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Albrecht.
What we cannot speak about
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 September–31 October 2020
Clare Woods

If Not Now Then When

Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin View Exhibition
If Not Now Then When
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 September–31 October 2020
Vincent Fecteau
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin View Exhibition
Vincent Fecteau
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 September–14 November 2020
Sandra del Pilar

Both Eyes in My Two Hands

Zilberman Gallery, Berlin View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Sandra del Pilar, Both Eyes in My Two Hands, Zilberman Gallery, Berlin (11 September–14 November 2020). Courtesy Zilberman Gallery. Photo: @Chroma. 
Both Eyes in My Two Hands
Current Exhibition | Berlin
10 September–21 October 2020
Walter Bosse

Die fabelhafte Welt des Walter Bosse

Brutto Gusto, Berlin View Exhibition
Courtesy Brutto Gusto. 
Die fabelhafte Welt des Walter Bosse
Current Exhibition | Berlin
10 September–12 December 2020
Tong Kunniao

Just Stay In The Cold

Hua International, Berlin View Exhibition
Just Stay In The Cold
Current Exhibition | Berlin
9 September–24 October 2020
Ran Zhang

Enantiomers and traces

Galeria Plan B, Berlin View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Ran Zhang, Enantiomers and traces, Galeria Plan B, Berlin (9 September–24 October 2020). Courtesy Galeria Plan B.
Enantiomers and traces
Current Exhibition | Berlin
9 September–31 October 2020
Michael Müller

Anton im Bastrock

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Michael Müller, Anton im Bastrock, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (9 September–31 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Thomas Schulte. Photo: Stefan Haehnel. 
Anton im Bastrock
Current Exhibition | Berlin
9 September–31 October 2020
Michael Müller

Bikini on Mars

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Michael Müller, Bikini on Mars, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (9 September–31 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Thomas Schulte. Photo: Stefan Haehnel. 
Bikini on Mars
Current Exhibition | Berlin
9 September–31 October 2020
Bettina Pousttchi

Vertical Highways

Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box, Berlin View Exhibition
Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highways, exhibition view, Buchmann Box, 2020, Photo: Michael Schultze
Vertical Highways
Current Exhibition | Berlin
9 September–7 November 2020
Raimund Girke

Im Rhythmus

KEWENIG, Berlin View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Raimund Girke, Im Rhythmus, KEWENIG, Berlin (9 September–7 November 2020). © The Estate of Raimund Girke and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy KEWENIG. Photo: Lepkowski Studios, Berlin.

Im Rhythmus
Current Exhibition | Berlin
9 September–7 November 2020
Leiko Ikemura

Pleasure Garden

KEWENIG, Berlin View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Leiko Ikemura, Pleasure Garden, Kewenig, Berlin (9 September–7 November 2020). © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Kewenig. Photo: Lepkowski Studios, Berlin. 

Pleasure Garden
Current Exhibition | Berlin
3 September–31 October 2020
Nicola Samorì

In abisso

Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Nicola Samorì, In abisso, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin (3 September–31 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin. Photo: Uwe Walter, Berlin.
In abisso
Upcoming Exhibition | Berlin
26 September–28 November 2020
Neo Rauch
Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin View Exhibition
Neo Rauch, Handlauf, 2020, Oil on canvas, 250 x 300 cm, courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, photo: Uwe Walter, Berlin
Neo Rauch

Current Exhibitions In Berlin

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Contemporary art exhibition, Andreas Gursky, Andreas Gursky at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
12 September–14 November 2020 Andreas Gursky Sprüth Magers, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Hawkins, Richard Hawkins at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
11 September–2 October 2020 Richard Hawkins Galerie Buchholz, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Philippe Parreno, Manifestations at Esther Schipper, Berlin
11 September–17 October 2020 Philippe Parreno Manifestations Esther Schipper, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ugo Rondinone, nuns + monks at Esther Schipper, Berlin
11 September–17 October 2020 Ugo Rondinone nuns + monks Esther Schipper, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Ruo Bing, What we cannot speak about at Galerie Albrecht, Berlin
11 September–17 October 2020 Chen Ruo Bing What we cannot speak about Galerie Albrecht, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Clare Woods, If Not Now Then When at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
11 September–31 October 2020 Clare Woods If Not Now Then When Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, BerlinBuchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Vincent Fecteau, Vincent Fecteau at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
11 September–31 October 2020 Vincent Fecteau Galerie Buchholz, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Sandra del Pilar, Both Eyes in My Two Hands at Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
11 September–14 November 2020 Sandra del Pilar Both Eyes in My Two Hands Zilberman Gallery, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Walter Bosse, Die fabelhafte Welt des Walter Bosse at Brutto Gusto, Berlin
10 September–21 October 2020 Walter Bosse Die fabelhafte Welt des Walter Bosse Brutto Gusto, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Tong Kunniao, Just Stay In The Cold at Hua International, Berlin
10 September–12 December 2020 Tong Kunniao Just Stay In The Cold Hua International, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ran Zhang, Enantiomers and traces at Galeria Plan B, Berlin
9 September–24 October 2020 Ran Zhang Enantiomers and traces Galeria Plan B, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Müller, Anton im Bastrock at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
9 September–31 October 2020 Michael Müller Anton im Bastrock Galerie Thomas Schulte, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Müller, Bikini on Mars at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
9 September–31 October 2020 Michael Müller Bikini on Mars Galerie Thomas Schulte, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highways at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
9 September–31 October 2020 Bettina Pousttchi Vertical Highways Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box, BerlinBuchmann Box, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Raimund Girke, Im Rhythmus at KEWENIG, Berlin
9 September–7 November 2020 Raimund Girke Im Rhythmus KEWENIG, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Leiko Ikemura, Pleasure Garden at KEWENIG, Berlin
9 September–7 November 2020 Leiko Ikemura Pleasure Garden KEWENIG, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicola Samorì, In abisso at Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
3 September–31 October 2020 Nicola Samorì In abisso Galerie Eigen + Art, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Neo Rauch, Neo Rauch at Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
26 September–28 November 2020 Neo Rauch Galerie Eigen + Art, BerlinBerlin

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
Hua International contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Hua International Beijing, Berlin
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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