One of Europe’s best weekends for art kicks off in Berlin this Friday. The annual event – now in its 13th edition – will see the streets of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Neukölln packed out as the 47 participating galleries open their doors late into the night.
Highlights at this year’s Gallery Weekend include Jonas Burgert’s largest ever painting at Blain|Southern, which will be taking up most of the cavernous 22 metre gallery space. The German artist Otto Piene, best known for his kinetic, technology-based art, will be showing his “Light Ballet” at Sprüth Magers alongside Swizz-artist, Pamela Rosenkranz’s “She Has No Mouth” exhibition. Over at me Collectors Room, 200 works from Sigmar Polke’s Kunstraum am Limes collection will be on show. Candice Breitz is showing Love Story, a seven-channel video retelling the stories of people forced to seek political asylum in the US, Germany and South Africa, with cameos from Alec Baldwin and José Maria João, at KOW Gallery.
In between the art, check out Cecconi’s on the ground floor of Soho House for chic cocktails and delicious eggs, and Geist im Glas or Roamers in Kreuzkolln for Frühstück plates. Drink at Amuse favourites Nathanja & Heinrich or Klunkerkranich, both in Neukölln. But if you want to do Gallery Weekend like a true Berliner, then grab beers from the nearest späti (Berlin’s answer to the bodega) and hang out on the streets late into the night. It’s where you’ll meet the locals and artists, and then wind up in some after-hours club night that won’t involve the queue at Berghain. Lastly, an essential survival tip to help with the Berliner pace of boozing: go via Mrs. Robinson’s for a kimchi Bloody Mary – it’s the ideal hair of the dog.
Berlin Gallery Weekend runs from 28 – 30 April across the city. gallery-weekend-berlin.de