Berlin Gallery Weekend, the city’s beloved celebration of arts and culture, is making a triumphant return this weekend. After downsizing the event last spring, 49 galleries will open their doors this weekend to show works by emerging and established artists alike (most galleries are participating from Friday, April 30, to Sunday, May 2).
So, what’s on our itinerary? Our first stop might have to be at Galerie Thomas Schulte, which is presenting a show of works by Rebecca Horn. Thirty years ago, the gallery opened its very first show with an installation by Horn. In a nod to that history, two pivotal installations by the artist, Bee’s Planetary Map (1998) and Der Turm der Namenlosen (1994), will be presented alongside new work.
We’ll also be sure to head to Esther Schipper Gallery, wich is presenting “L’Invitation au voyage,” a dazzling group exhibition that explores the idea of traveling in one’s imagination, with works by Paula Rego, Leiko Ikemura, and Shahzia Sikander, among others.
Another must see is Sweetwater’s presentation of Tennessee-born artist Kayode Ojo’s at-first-glance glamorous sculptural installations made of knock-offs.
Restriction measures remain in place—some galleries are by appointment only with a negative same-day rapid test, so check before you go.
Below, we’ve put together a list of shows we don’t think will disappoint to get you started.
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Menschen in den Lofoten (1938). Photograph by Lea Gryze.
Exhibition: “Ernst Wilhelm Nay” and “Jakob Mattner: Second Plant”When: April 30 – June 26, 2021Where: Galerie Michael Haas, Niebuhrstraße 5, 10629, Berlin
Paula Rego, Caritas (1993). Courtesy of the artist.
Exhibition: “L’Invitation au Voyage”When: April 28 – June 27, 2021Where: Esther Schipper, Potsdamer Strasse 81E D-10785, Berlin
Adrian Ghenie, Rest During the Flight Into Egypt (2016). Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Exhibition: “Adrian Genie: We had Everything Before Us”When: May 1 – July 10, 2021Where: Galerie Judin, Potsdamer Straße 83, 10785, Berlin
Raymond Hains, Saffa (1971). Courtesy of the Estate of Raymond Hains. Copyright Adagp, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Exhibition: “Raymond Haines”When: April 30–June 30, 2021Where: Galerie Max Hetzler, Bleibtreustraße 45 and in the Window Gallery at Goethestraße 2/3, Berlin
Film still from Emily Wardill’s Game Keepers without Game (2009). Courtesy of the artist and Carlier |Gebauer.
Exhibition: “Emily Wardill: Soft Spot” and “Tarik Kiswanson: Surging”When: April 28 – June 12, 2021Where: Carlier |Gebauer, Markgrafenstraße 67, 10969, Berlin
Installation view of “Rebecca Horn: Bees Planetary Map” as presented in 1998. Courtesy die Künstlerin und Galerie Thomas Schulte
Exhibition: “Rebecca Horn: Bee’s Planetary Map”When: April 28 – June 26, 2021Where: Galerie Thomas Schulte, Charlottenstraße 24, Berlin
Installation view of “Ashley Hans Scheirl: Neoliberal Surrealist” at Galerie Crone, Vienna, 2019. Photograph by Matthias Bildstein.
Exhibition: “Ashley Hans Scheirl: Currencies of De*Capital Delirium”When: April 28 – June 18, 2021Where: Galerie Crone, Fasanenstraße 29, 10719, Berlin
Kayode Ojo, L’Amant Double (Vienna) (2020). Courtesy of the artist and Sweetwater.
Exhibition: “Kayode Ojo: Call It What You Want”When: April 30 – June 19, 2021Where: Sweetwater, Leipziger Str. 56/58, 10117, Berlin
Paolo Salvador, Pablo y el Jaguar (2021). Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin. Photographed by Matthias Kolb.
Exhibition: “Paolo Salvador: Resonancias Oníricas (Dream Resonances)”When: April 30 – June 4, 2021Where: Peres Projects, Karl-Marx-Allee 82, 10243, Berlin
Tony Cragg, Manipulations (2017). Courtesy of the artist and Buchmann Galerie. Photograph by Michael Richter.
Exhibition: “Tony Cragg: Sculptures”When: March 20 – May 22, 2021Where: Buchmann Galerie, Charlottenstraße 13, Berlin
Susan Philipsz, Slow Fresh Fount (2021). Courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf/Berlin.
Exhibition: “Susan Philipsz: Slow Fresh Fount”When: May 1 – July 17, 2021Where: Konrad Fischer Galerie, Neue Grünstraße 12, 10179, Berlin
Cabrita, The Winter Flowers #1 (2020). Courtesy of the artist and Kewenig Galerie Berlin.
Exhibition: “Christian Boltanski: Danach” and “Cabrita: I (Still) Love the Smell of Oil Color in the Morning”When: April 28 – June 23, 2021Where: KewenigGalerie , Brüderstraße 10, 10178, Berlin
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