It was a whirlwind of art that came over us last week. The Berlin Art Week brought together the best and most promising artists and galleries in Berlin, mixed with plenty of parties and cocktails to flush down all the impressions into our creative conscience.
One of the most significant events that happened last week was the latest edition of the Berliner Liste that took place once again at the impressive Kraftwerk. It’s the biggest art fair we have in the city and as far as I remember it’s also the oldest one. They took full advantage of the huge space exhibiting the work from 112 galleries, collectives and artists from 25 countries on 5 continents.
The fair has a quite diverse spectrum of artists from different genres and disciplines. You could say it’s maybe less high concept, more approachable type of art which is something I personally really appreciate because it will be able stimulate a wider audience and not just the small circle of art connoisseurs that other events try to cater to. I think art should be for everyone and not just for certain people and I like that this is the spirit here.
Embedded into the exhibition in the second floor the visitors encountered a quite eccentric looking construction spanning over several corridors ending in a very welcome source of refreshment. It was the latest edition of the Absolut Art Bar designed by Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr. Titled “Noasis” the design played with the concept of creating an oasis inside the art fair while using very raw and artificial materials like concrete and plastic. The final result was a great eye-catcher in the exhibition that perfectly continued the aesthetics of the artist who has made a name for himself for his large-scale installations. In the tradition of the Art Bar there was of course once again a special cocktail created by the artists, this one picking up on the green elements of his design combining Absolut Citron with basil ginger lemonade, a pinch of salt, a drop of olive oil and a bit of dill.
Another highlight of the Berliner Liste fair this year was the inclusion of urban art galleries and Japanese artists. Urban art has been picking up a lot in the last few years and since the Stroke Urban Art fair is not happening in Berlin anymore it was the right moment to take over here. I was glad to see two of the galleries that we have been featuring a lot with their exhibitions here on the blog which were Urban Spree and Open Walls gallery. Their artists fit quite well into the program of Berliner Liste and simply look great with the stunning industrial background of the Berliner Liste.
If you missed this year’s edition we took some photos for you to get an impression. You should definitely visit the art fair next year! If you want to see the Art Bar by Clemens Behr again live you might have another chance to do so at the launch of the new Absolut Limited Edition that will happen on October 1st. In the next days we will be raffling off a few tickets on Facebook for the exclusive (invite only) event that will once again incorporate the work of talented international artists. Here’s to more great art!