Must-See Art Guide: Berlin

This week's guide includes Isa Genzken, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, and more.

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David Schutter, KH IB H (2015). Courtesy of Aurel Scheibler.
Courtesy of Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Installation view. Courtesy of Circle Culture Gallery.
Elliott Hundley, Actor (Orange). Courtesy of VENEKLASEN/WERNER.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Spiral forest (Kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name). Courtesy of Esther Schipper.
Sverre Koren Bjertnæs, Red Nimis (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Michael Janssen.
Isa Genzken, Untitled (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz.
Arnold Odermatt, Buochs (1965). Courtesy of Galerie Springer Berlin.
Robert Fry, Partners Study 1 (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Kornfeld.
Juan Uslé, Soñé que revelabas (Aral) (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte.
Klaus Jörres, o.t. (2015). Courtesy of Dittrich & Schlechtriem.
Berta Fischer, Setrolyn (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Weiss.
Thomas Bayrle, Geranio 1 (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Weiss.
Mario Pfeifer, Approximation in the digital age to a humanity condemned to disappear (Film still) (2015). Courtesy of KOW Berlin.
Ida Ekblad, not yet titled (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Max Hetzler.
Navid Nuur, No title (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Max Hetzler.
Marcel van Eeden, Untitled (2015). Courtesy of Sprüth Magers Berlin.
Cyprien Gaillard, Nightlife (2015). Courtesy of Sprüth Magers Berlin.

You could be forgiven for thinking that we have a soft spot for Berlin; after all, the city is artnet’s hometown. So don’t take it from us, take it from the artists, connoisseurs, and gallery-hoppers who will tell you that Germany’s capital is also the fast-beating heart of European art and style, with continental cool and legendary nightlife to match. As cities around the world tout their up-and-coming cultural scenes by claiming to be “the next Berlin,” the real message is clear: this is Berlin’s moment.

In fact, it’s Gallery Weekend Berlin, and we have the guide of must-see shows you don’t want to miss. Although, you’re bound to miss a few since there are too many to see in one trip, but we’ll help you narrow it down. Start off with German native Isa Genzken’s eleventh solo show at Galerie Buchholz, and view her “Ellipsoids” and “Hyperbolos” sculptures. Also be sure to see her work El Salvador from 1980, titled after the famous show of the same name. Or celebrate artist Arnold Odermatt’s 90th birthday at Galerie Springer Berlin, showcasing selected photographic works from his career, in addition to presenting a new, never-before-seen series by the artist. From there, head over to Esther Schipper to view the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s site-specific film Spiral Forest, produced with a custom-made camera that films while rotating 360 degrees on any axis. For those of you seeking a good group show, Ape Culture opens today at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, with works that explore the relationship between humans and other primates, by artists Pierre Huyghe, Damián Ortega, and Rosemarie Trockel, just to name a few.

Once a divided city, Berlin has become a diverse metropolis with a wonderfully varied art scene to match. From quirky backstreet galleries to museums containing works by legends of European modern art, this is a city with something for everyone.


Exhibition: Radiate – Meta Energies In Contemporary Art

When: April 25–June 27, 2015

Where: Circle Culture Gallery, Potsdamer Straße 68, 2nd Courtyard, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Ape Culture

When: April 30–July 6, 2015

Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Robert Fry Partners

When: April 25–June 20, 2015

Where: Galerie Kornfeld, Fasanenstraße 26, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Isa Genzken ‘El Salvador’

When: May 1–June 27, 2015

Where: Galerie Buchholz, Fasanenstraße 30, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: David Schutter: Glove in Hand

When: May 1–June 27, 2015

Where: Aurel Scheibler, Schöneberger Ufer 71, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Pedro Cabrita Reis

When: May 1–August 1, 2015

Where: Kewenig Galerie, Brüderstraße 10, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Elliott Hundley

When: May 1–June 1, 2015

Where: VENEKLASEN/WERNER, Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Klaus Jörres

When: May 1–June 20, 2015

Where: Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Tucholskystraße 38, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Berta Fischer” and “Thomas Bayrle ‘Gerani / Pavesi’

When: May 1–30, 2015 and May 1–June 25, 2015

Where: Galerie Barbara Weiss, Kohlfurter Straße 41–43, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Mario Pfeifer: Approximation in the digital age to a humanity condemned to disappear

When: May 1–June 20, 2015

Where: KOW Berlin, Brunnenstraße 9, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Ida Ekblad

When: May 1–30, 2015

Where: Galerie Max Hetzler, Bleibtreustraße 45, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Navid Nuur: Mining Memory

When: May 1–30, 2015

Where: Galerie Max Hetzler, Goethestraße 2–3, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Where Nature Runs Riot” and “The Symmetry Argument

When: May 2–July 18, 2015

Where: Sprüth Magers Berlin, Oranienburger Straße 18, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Twelve Thirty

When: May 2–June 20, 2015

Where: Galerie Nordenhake GmbH, Lindenstraße 34, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané: Spiral Forest

When: May 2–June 13, 2015

Where: Esther Schipper, Schöneberger Ufer 65, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Sverre Bjertnes: New Sentiments

When: May 2–June 13, 2015

Where: Galerie Michael Janssen, Potsdamer Straße 63, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Arnold Odermatt ’90th Birthday – Selected Works’

When: May 2–July 18, 2015

Where: Galerie Springer Berlin, Fasanenstraße 13, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Juan Uslé – Mar de Aral

When: May 2–June 27, 2015

Where: Galerie Thomas Schulte, Charlottenstraße 24, Berlin, Germany





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