Berlin Art Week 2019 – Du 11 au 15 septembre (DE)

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Series: Fortuna Populi. Numerology Predictions
Copyright Ronewa Art Projects
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Dear Friends of Berlin Art Week,

Art prizes are an important and well-tried tool to promote art production and the up and coming generation. In the framework of Berlin Art Week 2019, four prizes with differing emphases will be awarded.

Preis der Nationalgalerie is being awarded this year for the tenth time. With Simon Fujiwara, Katja Novitskova, Pauline Curnier Jardin, and Flaka Haliti, four important contemporary artists based in Germany have been nominated. The award supports artists under age 40 who have already achieved wide recognition and stand for Germany’s dynamic, international art world. The four nominees present their work in a joint shortlist exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof, which opens today, 15 AUG Next year, the prize winner will hold a solo show at one of the institutions of Nationalgalerie, accompanied by a publication. In the framework of Berlin Art Week 2019, the exhibition of the nominees will be on view all five days.

10,000 euros in prize money will be awarded to an especially successful exhibition presentation at an up and coming gallery, the winner of VBKI-Preis Berliner Galerien. This prize is being awarded for the third time. The four nominated galleries are Schwarz Contemporary in Neukölln, Kwadrat in Kreuzberg, Galerie Burster in Tiergarten, and Katharina Maria Raab in Wilmersdorf. The initiators of the prize see the prize as promoting Berlin as a centre of the art market. Eligible to participate are Berliner galleries with at least three, a maximum of ten years of business and that will hold an exhibition especially for Berlin Art Week. After a viewing of the exhibitions at the four nominated galleries, the prize winner is announced in the framework of Berlin Art Week 2019. The jury members are: Andreas Fiedler (Kindl—Centre for Contemporary Art), Claudia Große-Leege (Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen, VBKI member), Nicola Kuhn (Der Tagesspiegel), and Daniel Marzona (gallerist, lvbg member, and VBKI-Preis Winner 2018).

The Berlin Art Prize is an alternative to existing art prizes: the nominees this year present their work in nine different project spaces, accompanied by an auxiliary discursive programme. The Berlin Art Prize e.V. is thus expanding the project of an independent art prize into a large-scale cooperation project in the alternative art world. The Berlin Art Prize is open to all Berlin-based artists, and is especially marked by its anonymous selection process: name, gender, nationality, and prior career all play no role in choosing the winner. The focus is placed solely on the submitted art. Nominated for this year’s Berlin Art Prize are: Esteban Rivera Ariza, Musquiqui Chihying, Marianna Christofides, Larissa Fassler, Ada Van Hoorebeke, Wieland Schönfelder, Agnes Scherer, Joshua Schwebel, and Min-Wei Ting. The participating project spaces are: Ashley, Display, ground, Horse & Pony, Kinderhook & Caracas, Kreuzberg Pavillon, SMAC, TIER—The Institute for Endotic Research, and Very. A jury of five will then select the three winners. Concept artist Saâdane Afif has designed the trophies that will be awarded on 14 SEP at a ceremony at midnight at the studio house of Flutgraben e.V.

The Project Space Art Award is received by 20 Berlin project spaces that in their exhibitions round out the extensive programme of Berlin Art Week with exhibitions, performances, and talks. The Berlin Network of Project Spaces and Initiatives is a loose network founded in August 2009. The goal of the network is to take political positions and to establish long-term structures to enable new forms of cooperation and exchange and to improve conditions for project spaces in the city. Humboldthain Club serves as a unique venue for the prize ceremony. The Award for Artistic Project Spaces and Initiatives this year goes to the following project spaces and initiatives: Apartment Project, Centrum, Datscha Radio, District

Schule ohne Zentrum, EVBG, ground, Horse & Pony, Kotti-Shop, Kreuzberg Pavillon, meantime projects, mp43-projektraum für das periphere, panke.gallery, Raumerweiterungshalle, Schneeeule, Scriptings, singuhr-projekte, Spor Klübü, TIER—The Institute for Endotic Research, Tropez, TV (New Theater). And those able to work hard, can party hard as well, and this will be guaranteed by an outstanding line up: as of 9pm Islaja will be performing live, followed by Chris Imler and Mark Reeder/MFS Berlin, and Westbam will present his DJ set at 1am

In this spirit, enjoy your week and take care!

Your Berlin Art Week

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