As in pre-corona years, the exhibitions will show both, emerging and established artists. Among the emerging artists are Anna Uddenberg, Leda Bourgogne, Andrea Fourchy, Kayode Ojo, and established positions are represented by Julie Mehretu, Cathy Wilkes, Monika Sosnowska, Albert Oehlen, Christian Boltanski, Pae White, and George Condo. An appointment and a negative test will grant you entry into a gallery, but, this year, the organizers are also prepared to face all lockdown measures, so there are more digital options available, such as live tours, insights into galleries and discussions with artists.
Worth visiting, personally, is the British artist duo Gilbert & George’s first exhibition at Sprüth Magers gallery, showing 25 large-scale works from the artists’ The Paradisical Pictures (2019) series. Colorful and whimsical, they present a phantasy version of a paradise, studies of a man-nature relationship and the artistic ideas of how we place ourselves in the modern world.
The Buchmann Galerie presents most recent works by Tony Cragg. In the last ten years alone Cragg’s work has been recognized in over 70 solo exhibitions worldwide, including at the Musée du Louvre, Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. He’s one of the world’s foremost sculptors with no limit to the materials he might use and to the ideas or forms he might conceive. Our favorite piece from this show is Manipulations, an object with splayed hands branching out into floret-like forms.
Capitain Petzel brings three exhibitions for the Gallery Weekend. Among them is Matt Mullican’s Five Walls. For this exhibition, the main space is divided into five walls, carrying works and processes from the artist’s last 50 years, ranging from rubbings to tapestries, from ceramics to watercolors, virtual reality installations and much more. Being a part of the Pictures Generation movement, Mullican is known for decoding images and signs through diagrams, patterns, and written words.
Representing artists from the notorious Neue Leipziger Schule (New Leipzig School), Galerie EIGEN+ART is showcasing Tim Eitel, who uses photographs that he takes of urban spaces as the basis for his paintings, resulting in works that are both realistic and detached from reality. Many of Eitel’s paintings and lithographs are of figures or obscured objects taken out of context and placed in an ambiguous background painted in muted, industrial colors.
Although you have an option to visit the actual galleries by booking an appointment and presenting a negative corona test, you can also see all exhibitions via Live Tours, accessible at specific times throughout the weekend without prior registration. Starting May 1st, you can also watch live IG streams for various exhibitions (IG @galleryweekendberlin).
On April 29th at 5 pm (Berlin), we, too, were hosting a mega event, a four-in-one IG live talk with the owners of renown König Galerie, Galerie Diehl, EIGEN+ART, and DUVE Berlin, so please have a look at our recorded livestream for a preview of what’s showing at these top Berlin’s art venues.