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Berlin is a contemporary art hub with an abundance of galleries scattered throughout the city. Whether you want to discover contemporary art by established artists or emerging talents, below are some of the best galleries from Berlin's vibrant art scene.

Berlin's bustling central district, Mitte, is the city's cultural heart. Home to Museum Island, a complex of five historic art museums (Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, and Pergamon Museum), it is packed with prominent commercial galleries.

Sprüth Magers presents established international names such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari, and Cao Fei. Besides its location on Oranienburger Straße, the gallery is sited in London, Los Angeles, and New York.

Among the first galleries to open following German reunification, Galerie Thomas Schulte presents international conceptual art within the 19th-century landmark, Tuteur House. Across the river, Galerie EIGEN + ART offers an intimate and engaging space for cutting-edge contemporary German artists such as Ricarda Roggan and Kai Schiemenz.

From the renovated Brutalist church of St. Agnes (and an outpost in Seoul), KÖNIG GALERIE presents an international roster of emerging and established artists, including Monira Al Qadiri, Chiharu Shiota, Erwin Wurm, Alicja Kwade, and Bernar Venet.

Galeria Plan B, established by artists Mihai Pop and Adrian Ghenie in Cluj, Romania in 2005, has been based in Berlin since 2008. The gallery showcases Romanian contemporary artists from its recently inaugurated location, The Haus, a palatial Soviet-era building.

Zilberman Gallery, founded in Istanbul, presents an international selection of artists across its two Berlin spaces in the Charlottenburg district. Nearby, Galerie Buchholz and Galerie Albrecht represent European and Asian contemporary artists such as Peter Fischli and Wolfgang Tillmans, and Huang Yuan Qing and Gerhard Lang, respectively.

Barbara Wien contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Barbara Wien Current Exhibition:
Ian Kiaer
Bode contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Bode Current Exhibition:
José Yaque
Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie contemporary art gallery in Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie Current Exhibition:
Bettina Pousttchi
Esther Schipper contemporary art gallery in Esther Schipper Berlin, Germany
Esther Schipper Current Exhibition:
Anicka Yi +1 more
Galerie Albrecht contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Galerie Albrecht Current Exhibition:
Group Exhibition
Galerie Buchholz contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Galerie Buchholz Current Exhibition:
Lutz Bacher
Galerie Thomas Schulte contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Galerie Thomas Schulte Current Exhibition:
Juan Uslé +1 more
KÖNIG GALERIE contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
KÖNIG GALERIE Current Exhibition:
Group Exhibition +2 more
Peres Projects contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Peres Projects Current Exhibition:
Curated by Joseph Awuah-Darko
SETAREH contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
SETAREH Current Exhibition:
Ania Hobson
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Sprüth Magers Current Exhibition:
Pamela Rosenkranz +2 more
Zilberman, Berlin contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany
Zilberman, Berlin Current Exhibition:
Omar Barquet

Berlin exhibitions
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Berlin is a vibrant and innovative location in the contemporary art world, offering a wide variety of art exhibitions in the city's renowned galleries and museums. A centre for innovation across the fine arts and applied arts sectors, Berlin has a vast range of art exhibitions, art fairs and festivals celebrating the city's rich artistic culture.

Since the Berlin Wall's fall, the city's edgy, non-conformist, contemporary art scene has become a mecca of sorts for international artists. Galleries and institutions offer vibrant programmes, exhibiting major international artists and emerging local talent alike.

Home to Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts), one of Europe's largest art schools, Berlin also houses numerous independent art collectives and non-profits that utilise its forgotten and disused spaces.

Berlin boasts several galleries and institutions, including the National Gallery and Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin, which host works by local and international artists. Other notable art spaces include Wien Museum, Berlinische Galerie, Museum Barberini, Fotografiska Berlin, and the Neue Nationalgalerie.

Best Exhibitions to See in Berlin

With its internationally renowned art spaces, Berlin is home to numerous art exhibitions showcasing international and Berlin artists. The city also hosts some annual art festivals, attracting visitors from around the globe. One of the highlights of Berlin's art fair season is Gallery Weekend Berlin, held every April. Art lovers can view contemporary artworks and performances and explore the city's many art museum locations. Berlin Art Week, which takes place in September, features art fairs and exhibitions from institutions in various locations around the city.

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In Berlin, one can find a diverse range of art exhibitions catering to various interests, be it a Cold War era painter, a photo installation documenting secession movements, or a painting exhibition from a different historical period.

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Berlin contemporary

Berlin's museums and institutions offer an exceptional arts and culture experience. Explore our selection of the best spaces to visit.

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Berlin is home to renowned contemporary institutions that showcase cutting-edge art from around the world.

Hamburger Bahnhof, which repurposed Berlin's last 19th-century railway station, presents contemporary art since the 1960s, from Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart's collection.

Berlinische Galerie, minutes from the Jewish Museum, showcases modern art, photography, and architecture from Berlin dating back to the 1870s. The museum is a necessary stop for those interested in exploring local history and culture.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art on Auguststraße street, Mitte, is dedicated to showcasing innovative and experimental art. Having inaugurated the Berlin Biennale in 1998, the venue has welcomed the bi-annual exhibition since and other art events year-round.

Inside the Kronprinzenpalais garden, Schinkel Pavillon provides a unique octagonal space to showcase contemporary art to the public. Gropius Bau, among the continent's most-recognised exhibition halls, presents leading contemporary art and archaeological exhibitions.

Berlin is also home to non-profits such as Boros Foundation, located in a former bunker, and Julia Stoschek Foundation in the Friedrichstadt neighbourhood, which specialises in time-based art since the 1960s, including audio and video works.

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Ocula Magazine is an online platform dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary art internationally. Explore our in-depth conversations, insights, features, news stories, and photologs covering the Berlin arts scene here.

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Since 2010, Ocula Magazine has interviewed some of Berlin's most significant artists including Monira Al Qadiri, Olafur Eliasson, Hito Steyerl, and Eurasian collective Slavs and Tatars. Ocula Magazine has also published features of artists such as Alicja Kwade and Katharina Grosse.

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Artists on show
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In any given week, you can see the works of some of the world's most exciting artists in Berlin. Here you will find a selection of artists whose works are currently on show in the city.

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Berlin has propelled the careers of many important artists, with many calling it home. Artists to watch out for include Olafur Eliasson, known for immersive installations that often explore themes of nature, perception, and sustainability.

Alicja Kwade's sculptures and installations challenge our perception of time, space, and reality, while Isa Genzken's work across sculpture, installation, and photography explores the relationship between architecture, consumer culture, and identity.

Wolfgang Tillmans, known for his experimental approach to image-making, often blurs the lines between documentary and fine-art photography.

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Berlin houses a wealth of impressive artworks, from large-scale public installations to intimate gallery shows. Below are some noteworthy sites and pieces to seek out.

The East Side Gallery, a 1.3-kilometre stretch of the Berlin Wall covered in murals by artists from around the world, is a must-visit for anyone interested in the city's history and art.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe designed by Peter Eisenman is a powerful and thought-provoking monument to Holocaust victims in central Berlin, featuring an accompanying underground exhibition room.

Permanently loaned to Neue Nationalgalerie, Gerhard Richter's 'Birkenau' paintings (2014) explore these themes within gallery walls. The four expansive paintings are inspired by four photographs taken at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

Enargita con impurezas I by José Yaque contemporary artwork painting
José Yaque Enargita con impurezas I, 2022 Acrylic on canvas
229 x 168 x 3 cm
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A 105 by Otto Piene contemporary artwork works on paper
Otto Piene A 105, 1960 Gouache on paper
23.5 x 13.5 cm
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Ganymed by Grit Schwerdtfeger contemporary artwork textile, ceramics
Grit Schwerdtfeger Ganymed, 2022 Ceramic, lining fabric
126 x 100 x 50 cm
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Tree-Oh by Israel Hershberg contemporary artwork painting
Israel Hershberg Tree-Oh, 2001 Oil on canvas mounted on wood
21.8 x 23 cm
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The Chameleon by Israel Hershberg contemporary artwork painting
Israel Hershberg The Chameleon, 1997 Oil on canvas mounted on wood
33 x 26.5 cm
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Bed of Worries by Ania Hobson contemporary artwork painting
Ania Hobson Bed of Worries, 2023 Oil on canvas
120 x 95 cm
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Cerca de los olivos / Near the olive trees by Anton Munar contemporary artwork painting
Anton Munar Cerca de los olivos / Near the olive trees, 2023 Painting - Oil on linen
51 x 76 cm
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Brückenpanzer by Frank Mädler contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Frank Mädler Brückenpanzer, 2014 Ceramic, wood
8 x 62 x 14.5 cm
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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.

Image: Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, eastside. Photo: Bertold Werner (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Barbara Wien
Schöneberger Ufer 65, 3rd floor
Berlin Current Exhibition:Ian Kiaer
Endnote oblique, pink
9 September–9 November 2023
Reinbeckstraße 29
Berlin Current Exhibition:José Yaque
7 September–8 October 2023
Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box
Charlottenstraße 75
Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie
Charlottenstraße 13
Berlin Current Exhibition:Bettina Pousttchi
In Transit
2 September–28 October 2023
Esther Schipper
Potsdamer Strasse 81E
Berlin Current Exhibition:Anicka Yi
A Shimmer Through The Quantum Foam
15 September–21 October 2023
Galeria Plan B
Strausberger Platz 1
Galerie Albrecht
Bleibtreustr. 48
Berlin Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
he – she – it
2 September–14 October 2023
Galerie Buchholz
Fasanenstraße 30
Berlin Current Exhibition:Lutz Bacher
Bien Hoa
1 September–7 October 2023
Galerie Thomas Schulte
Charlottenstr. 24
Berlin Current Exhibition:Juan Uslé
14 September–21 October 2023
St. Agnes
Alexandrinenstr. 118-121
Berlin Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
Places and Events
13 September–4 November 2023
Peres Projects
Karl-Marx-Allee 82
Berlin Current Exhibition:Curated by Joseph Awuah-Darko
The Becoming
15 September–28 October 2023
Schöneberger Ufer 71
Berlin Current Exhibition:Ania Hobson
15 September–21 October 2023
Sprüth Magers
Oranienburger Straße 18
Berlin Current Exhibition:Pamela Rosenkranz
Alien Blue
16 September–7 November 2023
Zilberman, Goethestraße Berlin
Goethestraße 82
Zilberman, Berlin
Schlüterstr. 45
Berlin Current Exhibition:Omar Barquet
The Passage of Amnesia
12 September–25 November 2023
Capitain Petzel
Karl-Marx-Allee 45
carlier gebauer
Markgrafenstraße 67
Contemporary Fine Arts | CFA
Grolmanstraße 32/33
Dittrich & Schlechtriem
ConceptStore GmbH
Linienstrasse 23
Galerie Barbara Thumm
Markgrafenstrasse 68
Galerie Barbara Weiss
Kohlfurter Strasse 41/43
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi
Schöneberger Ufer 61
Galerie Judin
Potsdamer Strasse 83
Galerie Max Hetzler
Bleibtreustraße 45
Galerie Neu
Linienstraße 119 abc
galerie son
Schinkelplatz 4
Gerhardsen Gerner
Anna-Louisa-Karsch str 5
Hua International
Potsdamer Strasse 81B
Brüderstrasse 10
Prinzessinnenstrasse 29
Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
Kohlfurter Straße 41/43
Mehdi Chouakri
Fasanenstrasse 61
Meyer Riegger
Schaperstrasse 14
Linienstrasse 155
Wielandstraße 26
Tanya Leighton
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Knesebeckstraße 95
Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
Hamburger Bahnhof
Invalidenstraße 50-51
Julia Stoschek Collection
JSF Berlin
Leipziger Straße 60
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
S A V V Y Contemporary
Reinickendorfer Straße 17
Sammlung Boros: Boros Collection
Bunker, Reinhardtstr. 20
Schinkel Pavillon
Oberwallstraße 1
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