A Guide to Gallery Weekend Berlin

Halle am Berghain, photo: iHeartBerlin

Hey guys, did you know it’s Spring now? The sun is mostly shining, the streets are filling up, and everyone is looking pretty happy. There’s no better way to enjoy the season than to hop around town from one gallery to another, and this is the weekend to do it. Tons of galleries are opening interesting exhibitions with cool receptions to stand around at; there are lots of options, so you have no excuse: Get to a vernissage and mingle! Wondering what to see? Don’t worry – we got you covered. Here are our recommendations for Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016.

Adam Linder &  Shahryar Nashat

Schinkel Pavillon

Getting an early start on the weekend, the regal Schinkel Pavillon on Museum Island is entering a sort of hibernation for the summer as construction overtakes it, so this might be the last chance to visit this space for a while. The work on display is a bit unclear. The artists Adam Linder, Shahryar Nashat and Hannah Weinberger are involved, and some sort of performance. Mysterious!

Schinkel Pavillon Opening Reception Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 19-21h

artwork: Adam Linder, Shahryar Nashat

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What the Weekend is Gallery

Urban Spree

On the grittier side, head to Urban Spree gallery at RAW to see a whole bunch of artists at once, curated together by The Art Union for an group show titled What the Weekend Is Gallery. There are 58 artists represented in this show. Prepare to be bombarded!

Urban Spree opening Reception Thursday, April 28, 2016, 19h

artwork: James Reka

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Meisterschülerpreis UdK

Studio Picknick

There’s a group show with the artists Elisa Ewert, Markus Hoffmann and Rona Kobel opening at Studio Picknick. It features sculptural works by the three prize-winning Masters students of the UdK – Universaty of Arts.

Studio Picknick Opening Reception Thursday, April 28, 2016, 19h

Markus Hoffmann, “Tinder”, 2015

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Halle am Berghain

In celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2016, German record label raster-noton presents ‘white circle’, an acoustic-architectural space designed as an audiovisual installation at the spectacular Halle am Berghain. See the club in a whole new way!

Halle am Berghain Exhibition, Thu-Sat, April 28-30, 2016, 14-21h

Halle am Berghain, photo: iHeartBerlin

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Erwin Olaf

Galerie Wagner + Partner

Galerie Wagner + Partner are opening the third solo show of Dutch artist Erwin Olaf. “Deep Skin” is a photo exhibit dedicated to beautiful classical nudes.

Galerie Wagner + Parter Opening Reception, Thursday, April 28, 2016, 19h

photo: Erwin Olaf, Skin Deep: Male Nude No. 3 (2015)

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Berlin Raum Radar

Neue West

Neue West is doing something called Berlin Raum Radar. It’s a show about architecture, featuring awesome photography by 30 different artists. It’s over on Potsdamer Straße in the Schöneberg gallery district.

Neue West Opening Reception Friday,  April 29, 2016, 17-21h

photo: Mitch Epstein, “Lichtenberg”, Berlin, 2008

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The Neon Wilderness: Voices from Los Angeles

The Conversation

The Conversation is a gallery new to Berlin. Their first show is called The Neon Wilderness: Voices from Los Angeles. It spans various styles and media. The through-line will be an LA feel, we guess. Also in Schöneberg.

The Conversation Opening Reception, Friday, April 29, 2016, 19h

artwork: Peter Shire

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Circle Culture

And at Circle Culture Gallery Berlin-based artist XOOOOX presents a show called Bluff Matters. It showcases a deep insight into his current work.

Circle Culture Opening Reception, Friday, April 29, 2016, 18-21h

XOOOOX, Delicato, 2015 spray paint on canvas

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Hans-Peter Feldmann

C/O Berlin

The sleek modernist institution has two exhibitions opening this weekend. Photos by Hans-Peter Feldmann, who apparently manipulates photos to look pretty cool. And then there’s something called Borrowed Light. This is a sort of conceptual show about photography, but we’re not sure if actual photographs will be displayed. This one is mysterious.

C/O Berlin Opening Reception, Friday, April 29, 2016, 19h

photo: Hans-Peter Feldmann

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Ghada Amer


Kewenig on Museum Island is featuring the erotic embroidery of Egypt-born Ghada Amer. Always nice to see sexy imagery dressed up in a respectable fashion!

Kewnig Opening Reception, Friday, April 29, 2016, 18-21h

artwork: Ghada Amer

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Wolfgang Tillmans

Galerie Buchholz

Oh, and Wolfgang Tillmans opens his 12th solo exhibition titled Studio at Galerie Buchholz.

Galerie Buchholz Opening Reception, Friday April 29, 2016, 18h

photo: Wolfgang Tillmans

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Claudia Comte & Gardenshow

König Galerie / St. Agnes

The stunning St. Agnes church will once again host the exhibitions of Johan König Gallery, this time with a solo show inside the chapel by Claudia Comte (opening Saturday) and a bigger group exhibition outside in the garden featuring some of the most renown artists represented by König (opening on Friday).

König Galerie Opening Reception, Saturday, April 30, 2016, 18h

artwork: Claudia Comte

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With Portrait of Berlin the star photographer Rankin (Hunger Magazine) is hosting a huge event in Berlin at the Atrium of KaDeWe (which will be spectacularly remodeled soon after).

Rankin Event at KaDeWe, Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10-20h

photo: Rankin Live / KaDeWe Group

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Saturday and Sunday, all galleries and museums will be open 11-19h. There’s so much to check out – too much to list here – but hopefully this will get you started!

Check out the program and more on the official page here.

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