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Berlin Art Week: 5 Unusual Places to Visit
From Berghain to the Old Beer Brewery...
Art Stuff 20 Sep 2018

Here we go again. Last days of summer, leaves start falling from the trees and time to get back from vacation.
It is September, kick-off for the art season and the German capital offers fairs, grand openings and other quite outstanding places to visit. If Berlin is on your list for this month, then do not miss the following venues during Berlin Art Week 2018 (26 – 30 September):

1) Boros Collection: Normally it takes weeks to get a free space at one of the guided tours through this old Nazi Bunker (also known as ‘Boros Bunker’ or ‘Banana Bunker’). But lucky you. Especially for Berlin Art Week: Visit without reservation! Take the chance to see a fascinating private art collection, showing at their third exhibition artists such as Martin Boyce or Kris Martin, and female stars like Pamela Rosenkranz and Guan Xiao.

Location: Reinhardtstr. 20, 10117 Berlin


2) Talking about bunkers, there are some other famous concrete doors you should try to get through: Berghain. French-Swiss conceptual artist Julian Charrière will open his solo show “As We Used to Float“ at the Berlinische Galerie on September 26. Ending with an after party at the most famous Techno club in town. From 11 PM guests are taken on the 76 minutes audiovisual journey “An Invitation To Disappear“, depicting on the eruption of the Tambora volcano in 1815.

Location: Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin


3) If you look for a quick time-out during art week, let’s say, this is a quite unusual place having in mind. Studio 358 is not really a place directly for looking at beauty, more known for improving your own aesthetic features. Should you feel the need to get your nails fixed and observe canvas works of local artists, this is your stop inbetween openings and artist talks.

Location: Auguststr. 35, 10119 Berlin


4) It is a long way from an old beer brewery to a space inheriting challenging art works: KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art receives more than 30,000 visitors per year in the middle of the uprising art district Berlin-Neukölln. In its carefully renovated halls, it will open the group exhibition “Absurde Routinen“ (absurd routines) on September 29 presenting 10 different photographers dealing with surprising changes in our daily routines.

Location: Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin


5) In the end, how needed is a exquisite combination of the best possible ingredients for a fine drink. After a long day of strolling through booths, collections and project spaces, a little sneak out of the art hubs can be more than welcome. At ‘Schwarze Traube, the exhausted art lover needs to knock and smile, and if allowed to enter, you will experience first-class long drinks directly explained by the owner (no menu existing!).

Location: Wrangelstraße 24, 10997 Berlin

Text by Bernak Kharabi
Photos via Tagesspiegel, artrabbit, Krekeler Architekten, Studio 358

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