The 20 Best Booths at Art Berlin Contemporary

See a snapshot of the hip Berlin fair's best art.

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Douglas Coupland presented by Daniel Faria Gallery
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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané presented by Esther Schipper
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané presented by Esther Schipper.
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Charlotte Posenenske presented by Mehdi Chouakri and Konrad Fischer
Charlotte Posenenske presented by Mehdi Chouakri and Konrad Fischer (a 01)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Kristof Kintera presented by Schleicher/Lange
Kristof Kintera presented by Schleicher/Lange (a 07)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Tobias Rehberger presented by neugerriemschneider
Tobias Rehberger presented by neugerriemschneider.
Photo: © Alexander Forbes.
Camille Henrot presented by Johann König, Berlin
Camille Henrot presented by Johann König, Berlin (b 60)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Donna Huanca presented by Brand New Gallery
Donna Huanca presented by Brand New Gallery (b 29)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Jonathan Meese presented by Sies + Höke and Galerie Krinzinger
Jonathan Meese presented by Sies + Höke and Galerie Krinzinger (c 01)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Awst and Walther presented by PSM
Awst and Walther presented by PSM (a 22)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
John Bock presented by Sprüth Magers
John Bock presented by Sprüth Magers (c 05)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Kasper Sonne presented by Duve Berlin
Kasper Sonne presented by Duve Berlin (b 57)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Diego Bianchi presented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
Diego Bianchi presented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (a 14)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Alex Hubbard presented by Galerie Neu
Alex Hubbard presented by Galerie Neu (a 16)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Douglas Coupland presented by Daniel Faria Gallery
Douglas Coupland presented by Daniel Faria Gallery (b 34)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Sinta Werner presented by Alexander Levy
Sinta Werner presented by Alexander Levy (c 11)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Mike Bouchet presented by Peres Projects
Mike Bouchet presented by Peres Projects (b 44)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Analia Saban presented by Sprüth Magers
Analia Saban presented by Sprüth Magers (b 13)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Guan Xiao presented by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler and Antenna Space
Guan Xiao presented by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler and Antenna Space (a 28)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Anca Munteanu Rimnic presented by PSM
Anca Munteanu Rimnic presented by PSM (b 01)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Kerim Seiler presented by Grieder Contemporary
Kerim Seiler presented by Grieder Contemporary (c 12)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes
Karsten Födinger presented by RaebervonStenglin
Karsten Födinger presented by RaebervonStenglin (a 11)
Photo: © Alexander Forbes

Art Berlin Contemporary (abc) kicked off its seventh edition in the German capital on Thursday. The fair’s 2014 outing is its second under the direction of former Art Basel communications director Maike Cruse and the fourth year it has stood alone as Berlin’s single major fall art event, the city’s Art Forum having been canceled after its 2010 edition.

In all, 111 galleries are gathered at the Station Berlin—Art Berlin Contemporary’s home—this year, presenting 115 single artist positions across three halls. It’s a marked reduction over the previous year, which saw 121 artists presented by 133 galleries. (Some galleries collaborated on booths, a trend that continues in this edition as well.) The reduction is noticeable. Works are more spaced out. Many are also larger, with particularly monumental installations by Kristof Kintera, Karsten Födinger, Yorgos Sapountzis, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Julian Göthe, and Kerim Seiler, among others. It gives the fair an ever-closer resemblance to Art Basel’s Unlimited section for large-scale works to which it has often been compared.

For the second year, abc has incorporated an extensive performance program into its four-day run. Forty of the fair’s works feature performance, sound, film, or theater components. In its first hours, John Bock could be seen whipping up some relational aesthetics out of pineapples, gummy worms, raw eggs, and sliced bread. (His gallery, Sprüth Magers is showing four artists at abc.). Christian Jankowski was set to make dancers of the fair’s Mini VIP car fleet. Others, such as Jocelyn Wolff’s Diego Bianchi or Brand New Gallery‘s Donna Huanca, incorporated durational performances directly into the works on show throughout the fair’s run.

Take a tour of 20 of Art Berlin Contemporary’s best works in the slideshow, above, presented in no particular order.


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