Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
With around 100 participating galleries, abc art berlin contemporary will be exhibiting in the halls of Station Berlin at Gleisdreieck from 17 to 20 September. The galleries come from 17 countries and will be showing individual positions in contemporary art – from established artists to emerging newcomers. Galleries have also been given the opportunity to present curated projects.
For the first time, the architectural concept has been developed by June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff. Their proposal for the organisation of the halls consists of spaces defined only by their corners. Galleries have chosen either corners or whole spaces for their presentations.
This year, the exhibition Proximities and Desires will be presented in the adjacent hall C of abc, with works from Berlin based collections. The participants include: the About Change Collection, Sammlung Marzona, Sammlung Boros, Sammlung Haubrok, Olbricht Collection, Sammlung Schürmann, Sammlung Paul Maenz and Mathias Döpfner, as well as other collections. In the exhibition – organized by Nikola Dietrich – works by artists such as Nora Schultz, Manfred Pernice, Heimo Zobernig, Elmgreen / Dragset, John Knight and Ana Mendieta
At 11 am on Friday and Saturday morning, Talking Galleries will host their panel discussions at abc in collaboration with Berlin Art Week. And on Wednesday evening prior to abc, all participating Berlin galleries will open their exhibitions in their local gallery spaces; the exhibiting artists include Cecily Brown, Mariana Castillo Deball, Mario García Torres, Camille Henrot, Sofia Hultén, Barbara Kruger, Friedrich Kunath, Gabriel Kuri, Peter Piller, Gedi Sibony, Slavs and Tatars, Florian Slotawa, Hito Steyerl, Juergen Teller and Rosemarie Trockel.
For the fourth time, abc is partnered with Berlin Art Week (see www.berlinartweek.de), a program of exhibitions and events that will be taking place across the city.
The abc GWB Veranstaltungs UG is an association of Berlin gallerists with a common interest in promoting Berlin as an art market and bringing its protagonists together. The association organises Gallery Weekend in the beginning of May and abc art berlin contemporary in September. Responsibility for the association is with the board of Berlin gallerists supported by the Honorary Advisory Board. Participation is by invitation.
Gallery Weekend Berlin was founded in 2005 and takes place at the beginning of May every year. There are now around fifty participating Berlin galleries. abc, the galleries exhibition, was founded in 2008 and takes place annually in mid-September. abc brings together a number of individual positions in contemporary art, presented by national and international galleries.