This year it’s all about Berlin, the German capital of trendsetting and creativity, and with it, a dynamic expanding art scene, rivaled by few other cities in the world. And with its influx of art spaces and galleries, the city is show casing some of the hottest, youngest emerging talent for us to discover, and better still, before their meteoric rise to the top.
Here is my list of five contemporary art galleries showcasing diverse, cutting-edge material and the work of a generation not afraid to challenge the nature of art in the digital realm.
Founded in 2006, Berlin Art Projects promotes and supports the work of recently graduated, emerging contemporary artists based in Berlin and Istanbul.
Their up and coming show Recharged reality will display the work of six emerging international artists, Daniel Harms, Ulrich Riedel, Yasam Sasmazer, Eda Soylu, Claudia Vitari and Meike Zopf in a series of drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures that comment on the duality of everyday objects and how our own perception of these objects are shaped by our own thoughts and experiences.
Don’t miss recently graduated Eda Soylu and her beautiful rendition of Dying Flowers, expected to make an appearance towards the end of the show.
‘Recharged Reality’ | 14. March – 23.March
Founded in 2007 by Alexander Duve and Birte Kleemann, DUVE Berlin is a gallery based in Kreuzberg, which has gained a reputation as a leading space for emerging conceptual and minimalist artists at the cusp of their peak. The gallery also exhibits concerts and screenings.
Opening this week, artists Lucas Jardin and sculptor Jean-Sébastien Grégoire will be exhibiting their first German show, LARSEN. Expect a display of large-scale installations, nature and all things modern.
LARSEN | March 6 - April 11, 2015
Situated within the art infused district of Kreuzberg and founded by gallery owner Johann König in 2002, the Johann König Gallery is a contemporary art space for emerging and established artists of a mostly younger generation. The gallery currently represents 27 artists that use a variety of mediums ranging from sculpture and painting, video and photography to performance to sound, which provoke, question and challenge the spaces of the otherwise white walled gallery.
Currently exhibiting are the works of Polish berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade whose works mix art with science to question theories of time, space and light.
‘Etwas Abwesendes, dessen Anwesenheit erwartet wurde’ | 28. February – 18. April 2015
The multicultural district of Kreuzberg is one of the trendiest art spots in the city and home to Galerie Nordenhake. Originally founded in Malmo in 1973 and with spaces in both Berlin and Stockholm, Galeria Nordenhake is committed to exhibiting contemporary art in various mediums, with an international focus on both established and emerging artists.
Currently exhibiting are the works of Ignasi Aballí, Mirosław Bałka, Gerard Byrne, Ceal Floyer, Spencer Finch, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Georg Herold, Sofia Hultén, Zoe Leonard, Meuser, Helen Mirra, Sirous Namazi, Mikael Olsson, Michael Schmidt, Florian Slotawa, Johan Thurfjell, Not Vital and John Zurier, curated by Ignasi Aballí.
January 17 – March 7, 2015
Gallery Taik Persons is a contemporary art gallery representing established and emerging artists who use photography as their primary medium. Founded by Timothy Persons in 1995 in Helsinki/Finland, the gallery relocated to Berlin in 2005 and continues to display the works of those who make up The Helsinki School.
On March 13, Gallery Taik Persons will present Displacement; the first in a series of curated group exhibitions by young artists Kalle Kataila, Jaana Maijala, Tanja Koljonen and Mikko Rikala, working with (and around) the medium of photography. Maya Byskov and Terhi Tuomi will curate the exhibition.
Not to be missed are the works of Kalle Kataila and his visuals of man tarrying in the face of nature.
March 13 – April 25, 2015