Berlin Art Week 2017

12 Sep 2017

by ArtRabbit

Berlin Art Week 2017 kicks off on 13 September with a stunning selection of artists and spaces, performances and events. There's arguably too much to see in just one week, but we've highlighted unmissable events to help you navigate the scene.

Jon Rafman at Sprüth Magers

In Dream Journal 2016-2017, the latest iteration in his ongoing video series, Jon Rafman has created an immersive installation within the Berlin space. In it, he shows segments which have been drip fed through his Instagram feed over the past year, showing an hour-long series of freeform narratives created using hobbyist CG animation softwares.

Harun Farocki retrospective at n.b.k.

n.b.k. kicks off the autumn season with three strong positions: (1) Harun Farocki is one of the most important and internationally influential German filmmakers. His oeuvre comprises more than 100 films and productions - from experimental and documentary films to essay, short and feature films. (2) Paris-based readymade artist collective Claire Fontaine have taken over the first floor of n.b.k. challenging the concept of authorship and questioning the forms of artistic subjectivisation on the art market. (3) Annually, n.b.k. commissions contemporary artists to realise an exterior project on the façade of its building on Chausseestrasse, thus changing the view of the urban space. This year’s commission sees an installation by Alfredo Jaar. 

Willem de Rooji at KW

Cultural and historical artefacts are combined and confronted in new contexts within the practice of Dutch artist Willem de Rooij. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a 12-channel digital audio recording in the main exhibition hall: Listen to thousands of sled dogs inhabiting the town of Ilulissat howling/communicating with each other at night.

Nathalie Djusberg and Hans Berg at Museum Frieder Burda Salon Berlin

Without doubt one of the most entertaining displays this Art Week season is Nathalie Djusberg & Hans Berg, showing animated films with hypnotic soundtracks and installations at Museum Frieder Burda Salon Berlin. The Berlin-based Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg (both b. 1978) are shown in dialogue with selections from the late work of Willem de Kooning, a master of abstract expressionism and American postwar art. Their stunningly raunchy Worship will draw you in and keep you wanting more.

Artist Films at Kino Arsenal 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the city partnership between Los Angeles and Berlin, Haubrok Foundation will be showing artist films from Los Angeles on big screens in a proper movie theatre. The festival is devoted exclusively to films by artists from and about Los Angeles, including works by Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, James Benning, Morgan Fisher, Alex Hubbard, Sarah Morris, Ryan Trecartin, and Kerry Tribe.

Festival of Future Nows at Hamburger Bahnhof

The cooperation between the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Olafur Eliasson and his Institut für Raumexperimente e.V is one of the most anticipated events this year. Over a four-day period, the festival programme invites the crowd to engage with unpredictable performances, action, music, interventions, dance, experiments, movement and perception exercises. Spontaneous choreographies, musical disruptions and overlooked encounters invite various forms of audience participation happening at flash-mob-like speed. Individual projects take place in parallel or overlap.

Monica Bonvicini at Berlinische Galerie

Conceived for the large exhibition hall of the Berlinische Galerie, Bonvicini's installation investigates the term facade and its function. The show runs parallel to the 15th Istanbul Biennale in which the artist is also participating and features elements from both cities -­ Berlin and Istanbul.

Real Fakes at Kronenboden

Billy Cowie’s "Real Fakes" is a looping thirty minute installation featuring excerpts from four of his most recent international commissions. The pieces are filmed in state of the art stereoscopic shutter vision so that it appears the performers are actually in the same space as the audience.

Miet Warlop at HAU 1, 2, 3

Hebbel am Ufer will restage three performances by the Belgian artist Miet Warlop: Mystery Magnet (2012), Dragging the Bone (2015) and Fruits of Labor (2017). Miet employs theatrical tactics and productions so to create living images. Tickets are going fast so you better hurry up.

Boris Charmatz and Volksbühne at Tempelhofer Feld

Choreographer Boris Charmatz intersects the day of a dancer, revealing their structures and routines: warmup, rehearsal, performance, rest, taking over the space and the dancefloor. Follow the dancers within the expansive airport hangar, and have the opportunity to rehearse sequences from Boris Charmatz’ new dance 10000 Gestures with the choreographer.

Serielle Formationen at Daimler Contemporary

The 1967 display of Serielle Formationen at Frankfurt University's Studio Gallery, curated by Peter Roehr and Paul Maenz, brought together international tendencies in Minimalism. On the 50th anniversary of the now iconic show, Daimler Contemporary re-stages the 1960s presentation, examining aspects of seriality. 

Daria Martin at Schering Stiftung 

London-based artist Daria Martin's new film is a complex, multi-layered artwork at the intersection of literature, psychology and science that experimentally adapts the modernist masterpiece A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka. The work is bringing together some themes previously explored in her work - voyeurism, power relations, the surreal, the artist’s myth, and bodily transformations.

For adventurers with lots of time in their hands, we made sure to cover the entire programme. You’ll find all the details here as an app feature. Available for iPhone and Android