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+++ UPDATE +++ CORONA / COVID-19 – Restrictions & Easings in Berlin Galleries & Cultural Institutions

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This article informs you about the accessibility of Berlin galleries and cultural institutions as well as art-related developments in the Corona crisis. Information on support and help for artists and galleries can be found HERE.

+++ Updates +++ are listed below, last updated on 02.06.2021, 6:05 pm.

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Franka Hörnschemeyer, bündig fluchtend dicht, 2001, Industrial formwork elements
Location: in the government quarter of Berlin on the north side of the Paul Löbe Haus
Photo: Stephanie Schneider

Since 12 March 2020, the ART@Berlin editorial team has received an increasing number of reports of cancelled events or temporarily closed art and culture venues in Berlin and the surrounding area in order to delay the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the infectious disease COVID-19 triggered by it (see also listings below). These measures will have a massive impact on public life in Berlin’s art and culture scene for an indefinite period of time, and in large parts will shut down completely. Regularly updated information can be found in the list.

This list would like to offer orientation:

+++ UPDATE +++ On 1 June 2021, the Berlin Senate agreed on the following changes to the Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, among others. This new ordinance will apply from Wednesday, 4 June 2021: Retail trade, which includes art galleries, will be allowed to open without mandatory testing. And cinemas, theatres, opera houses, concert halls, etc. will also be allowed to reopen. Rules: Outdoor events up to 500 persons (from 250 persons generally compulsory testing, below depending on hygiene concept). Events in closed rooms up to 100 persons (testing compulsory from 11 persons). Exceptions with more persons possible with mechanical ventilation and according to the hygiene framework concept for culture as well as for pilot projects. Tourist overnight stays are possible from 11.06.2021 , here the testing obligation still applies.

From Wednesday, 19 May 2021 and in the following days, many museums and exhibition venues will reopen – in the course of the agreed easing due to the decreasing incidence in Berlin – e.g. the Gropius Bau (from 19. May), the Schinkel Pavillon (from 19 May), the KW Institute (from 19 May), the Ernst Schering Foundation (from 20 May), the HKW (from 27 May), the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neues Museum, the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the James Simon Gallery, the “Pergamon Museum. The Panorama” and the Friedrichswerder Church (all from 21 May) and many more. Please check the homepage of the respective institution before visiting. The rule of prior appointment booking and negative test result still applies.

The so-called federal emergency brake has been in force since Saturday, 24 April 2021. Among other things, it regulates uniform federal restrictions that apply to places where the seven-day incidence exceeds 100 for three days in a row. For example, retailers, including galleries, are only allowed to receive customers if they present a negative Corona test and have booked an appointment. However, this only applies as long as the incidence value does not exceed 150 for three consecutive days. From an incidence of 150, only the collection of ordered goods is to be possible (Click & Collect), the possibility to visit is then omitted. This does not apply to shops for daily needs (supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, etc.). In addition, from a seven-day incidence of 100, Berliners are generally not allowed to leave their own home or property after 10 pm and until 5 amJogging and walking are to remain permitted until midnight, but only alone. According to the emergency brake, theatres, operas, concert halls, museums, exhibitions and memorials will also have to close from 24 April 2021. In Berlin, many museums and exhibitions have been open until now – with a negative Corona test as a prerequisite for visiting. Cinemas, clubs and restaurants, among others, are also already closed. 

 The lockdown was extended by three more weeks until 9 May 2021. Berlin would be affected by possible nationwide tightening of the rules (federal emergency brake) due to the current incidence. Since 31.03.2021 applies: Galleries and museums may remain open within the limits of current regulations. In addition to making an appointmentvisitors must present a negative Covid test from the same day before entering. FFP2 masks are compulsory in closed rooms in order to ensure better protection against infection, both for visitors and for employees. This is also strongly recommended for private gatherings.

This is the current hygiene framework concept of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe for museums, galleries and memorials (paragraph III):

For the time being, only museums, galleries and memorial sites are allowed to open as facilities with flowing visitor traffic. Here, some requirements are easier with regard to infection control, because people generally only stay in front of an exhibit for a short time – but here, too, group formation must be avoided – and move back and forth in the room. It can be helpful, for example, to have room occupancy regimes in which only a certain number of people are allowed into the facility and into the individual visitor rooms at the same time and the principle of movement is observed (e.g. through pre-marked, identical routing for all visitors and maximum length of stay in front of individual exhibits and in individual rooms). Operating and supervisory staff should rotate rooms in the course of the working day and thus also keep moving.

Maximum number of persons and booking of appointments

Pursuant to Section 20(2) of the Ordinance, “Museums, galleries and memorials may be opened to the public, provided that admission is by appointment only.
For the control of access to ensure the minimum distance, a guideline value for the maximum permissible number of visitors per exhibition or operational area shall apply of a total of no more than one visitor per 40 square metres of exhibition or operating space.”
Example: If a museum has an exhibition area of 1000 square metres, the areas are divided mathematically. This means that 1000 can be divided by 40, i.e. 25 people can stay in the facility at the same time.
The maximum length of stay of the visitors should not exceed 2 hours.

Proof of the visitor chain (§ 5 of the ordinance, attendance documentation)

  • For contact tracing, cultural institutions have to register guest and visitor data. registered.
  • Visitor/guest lists must contain the following information: First name and surname, full address or e-mail, furthermore telephone number, time of attendance.
  • The data must be kept for a period of four weeks after the event, protected from inspection by third parties, and must be handed over to the competent authority on request if the proper keeping of attendance documentation is checked or if participants were demonstrably suspected of being infected at the time of the event.
  • The data of the visitors shall be destroyed after the expiry of four weeks in accordance with § 5 paragraph 2 of the Ordinance.
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Source: Bundesregierung 

The lockdown will be extended until 28 March 2021. However, there will be gradual openings. From 8 March 2021, galleries and museums will be allowed to reopen, subject to certain conditions. The conditions for opening depend on the incidence rate in the region. If the incidence is below 50 (per 100.000 inhabitans), galleries are allowed to receive one customer per 10 to 20 square metres of sales space (one customer per 10 square metres for the first 800 square metres of sales space and one for each additional 20 square metres). If the incidence is between 50 and 100, gallery visits are by appointment only and one customer per 40 sqm is allowed.

The lockdown will be extended until 7 March 2021.

 The shutdown will be extended until 14 February 2021. Schools will remain closed until this date and compulsory attendance will be cancelled. In buses, trains, etc. (public transport) and in shops, only medical masks will be allowed. Employers are to offer employees the opportunity to work in a home office.

The Germany-wide lockdown, which began on 16 December 2020 and was scheduled to last until 10 January 2021, will be extended until 31 January 2021. In the process, the measures to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will be tightened again. All measures and changes can be found HERE.

On the occasion of the nationwide, so-called hard lockdown from Wednesday, 16 December 2020 until probably Sunday, 10 January 2020, all galleries for contemporary art will also close. During the “light” lockdown in November and the first half of December 2020, they were allowed to be open due to their status as retailers.
Further information and details on the lock down in December/January can be found HERE

A Germany-wide partial lockdown will apply from 2 November 2020. Museums, cultural institutions and municipal galleries will also be affected. Galleries (in their capacity as retailers) are allowed to remain open and can be visited subject to strict hygiene and distance rules. 
If you would like to visit a gallery, please find out in advance whether it is necessary to book a time slot for the visit. There is also a limited number of people in the galleries, depending on the size of the room (currently 10 m² per person, the gallery staff is not to be included in this count). Wearing a mouth-nose cover is obligatory, as is a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other people. Please leave your contact details where requested for the purpose of availability in case of a potential infection.

Due to the current Corona regulations, the Akademie der Künste will discontinue its event operations from 2 to 30 November 2020. The exhibitions at Pariser Platz and Hanseatenweg will be closed from Monday, as will the Brecht Weigel and Anna Seghers Museums. The reading rooms are also closed with the exception of the central reading room of the archive at Robert-Koch-Platz. Admission tickets already purchased lose their validity. The ticket price will be refunded. The exhibition “urbainable – stadthaltig” can only be visited up to and including Sunday, 1 November. The show presents 33 projects by Academy members from the fields of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and urban planning on the role of the European city in times of global warming, digitalisation and demographic and social change. The final discussion on 17 November “Sustainability in Construction – Greenwashing or Progress” will take place digitally. The exhibition “Continent – In Search of Europe” by the OSTKREUZ photographers* will reopen in December in the building at Pariser Platz according to current plans. | urbainable – stadthaltig. Positionen zur europäischen Stadt für das 21. Jahrhundert, only until Sunday, 1 November 2020, 11-19, Admission € 9/6, free admission up to 18 years of age (corona-related access restrictions, time slot online tickets at www.adk.de/tickets), Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, Tel. 030 200 57-2000 | Nachhaltigkeit am Bau – Greenwashing oder Fortschritt? Matthias Sauerbruch in dialogue with Thomas Auer, Annette Gigon, Christian Kühn, Christine Lemaitre, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Werner Sobek, 17.11.2020, 19 Uhr, Online-Event, s. www.adk.de

On 20 October 2020 the Berlin Senate approved the Achte Verordnung zur Änderung der SARS-Cov-2-Infektionsschutzverordnung. It will enter into force on 24 October 2020 and will be published on the same day HERE. The amendments to the Regulation will be published on 23 October 2020 in the Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt.

The new date for the epilogue of the 11th Berlin Biennial is September 5 to November 1, 2020. Please check the organizer’s website for further possible date changes, event extensions and restrictions due to the current situation: www.11.berlinbiennale.de. 

 On June 10, 2020, the new, now 10th Ordinance Amending the SARS-CoV-2 Containment Measures Ordinance came into force in Berlin. Among other things, it states in “Part 2: Industry, trade and other institutions of social life” under paragraph 3 in § 5 “Special types of business, culture and special hygiene rules”: Meetings, incentives, conventions, events, trade fairs and trade fair-like exhibitions, special markets and commercial leisure activities may be opened to the public from 2 June 2020. From 2 June 2020, up to 150 persons are permitted indoors and from 30 June 2020 up to 300 persons. Paragraph 8 states that museums, memorials and similar cultural and educational institutions in public and private ownership may be opened to the public. Public libraries may be opened for lending and, subject to restrictions and control of access numbers, for use as places of learning and work. Archives may open their reading rooms. The distance rules of 1.5 m and the wearing of a mouth and nose protector continue to apply. The complete regulation in the version dated 9 June 2020 can be found HERE.

Gallery Michael Haas has opened again with immediate effect. The opening hours are temporarily adjusted: Monday to Friday 2 – 6 pm and by arrangement, Saturday only by arrangement (valid from 29.04.2020). The gallery can be reached at +49 (0) 30 88 92 91 or contact@galeriemichaelhaas.de.kajetan Berlin reopens on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 and can be visited from then on during the regular opening hours (Wednesday to Friday, 2-7 pm, Saturday, 12-4 pm and by appointment). Until then, temporarily adjusted opening hours due to Corona will apply until Tuesday, May 5, 2020: visits by appointment only. Works by Elisabeth Vary are currently on display. The exhibition has been extended until 20.06.2020.

Sprüth Magers announces the reopening of the Berlin gallery for Friday, 1 May 2020 and invites you to a private visit to the exhibitions of Kara Walker and Richard Artschwager. Visits during the original date of the Gallery Weekend (1-3 May, 11am-6pm) and afterwards are only possible by booking through the gallery’s online booking system. In order to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff, the Gallery limits appointments to 30 minutes. Each reservation includes one visitor plus one possible accompanying person. Sprüth Magers follows the official safety recommendations and ensures that a safety distance of at least 1.5 m is maintained between persons present. Please bring your own mask. The regular opening hours of the gallery (Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm), will come into effect from Tuesday, 5 May 2020 and remain restricted to reservations for the time being.

Galerie Gilla Lörcher has also reopened and in the course of this, has extended the current exhibition with Simone Strasser until 13.06.2020. Opening hours: Thu – Sa 3:00 – 6:00 pm and by appointment.

 Laura Mars Gallery reopens on Wednesday, 29.04.2020 with a presentation of the Fantôme publishing house. Fantôme stands for almost imperceptible interactions, for flowing transitions between visual arts, research, film, literature, cultural studies, music, media history and pop. The gallery has temporarily adjusted opening hours: Wed and Thu from 1 to 8pm. and other days by appointment. Visitors have individual access to the exhibition.

Galerie Martin Mertens reopens the current exhibition with Jens Hausmann. It was extended until 23.05.2020. The gallery has temporarily adjusted the opening hours: Wed – Sat 1:00 – 6:00 pm. Outside these times you are welcome to make an appointment. In order to ensure that hygiene measures are observed, the gallery asks you to observe the following regulations: Please maintain the usual minimum distance of 1.5 m. It is recommended to wear a mouth and nose protector. A maximum of 4 visitors may be in the gallery at any one time.

Galerie Kornfeld and 68 projects reopen on Friday, 01.05.2020 with two new exhibitions. Because of this, the gallery will be open from Friday to Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm and then Tue – Sat from 11 am – 6 pm and after personal arrangement. Galerie Kornfeld is showing the plein air painter Christopher Lehmpfuhl in the solo show “Licht/Blicke” with new works from spring 2020. 68 projects shows works by artists of the gallery, which were intended to be shown at the international fairs Art Dubai, Paris Photo and Frieze in New York. Among them are Tammam Azzam, Farshad Farzankia, Nick Dawes, Hiba Al-Ansari, Rusudan Khizanishvili, Stéphane Couturier, Hubertus Hamm and Vera Pagava.

GALERIE SPRINGER BERLIN reopens as of now the current exhibition UTOPIA by Georges Rousse. It will be shown until 04.07.2020. For the protection of everyone the necessary safety and hygiene requirements are observed.

taubert contemporary reopens tomorrow, Friday 24 April 2020 with the regular opening hours Tue – Sat 11–6 pm. The current exhibition „Prong B“ by Manuel Franke is extended until 20 June 2020.

Meyer Riegger Berlin extends the current exhibition “Auf der Wunde hält die Farbe nicht” by Armin Boehm until May 09, 2020. Beginning next week (29th April), the gallery will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm.

Esther Schipper is reopening on 23rd April 2020. In accordance with the regulations to limit the spread of COVID 19 visitors are kindly asked to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other visitors and employees. The solo exhibition Fog Dog by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané is currently on view and has been extended until early June.

Kuckei + Kuckei reopens next week on 29th April 2020 with temporarily adjusted opening hours. Until further notice, the gallery is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays from noon to 4 pm. The current exhibition of Peter K. Koch can also be visited by prior arrangement.

Soy Capitán hosting Galerie Thomas Fischer is reopening Irmel Kamp’s exhibition today, 23 April and run until 30 May 2020. The gallery will be open Thursday to Saturday, 2–6 pm, and by appointment.

mehdi chouakri is reopening (from 22.04.2020) the galleries at Fasanenplatz (Lothar Hempel’s show FREITAG DER 13.) and Mommsenstraße (Salvo’s show Autogrill). Both exhibitions are extended until 30th May 2020. Due to access limitations visitors are kindly asked to book a visit via email.

Galerie Michaela Helfrich reopens on Friday, 24.04.2020, with temporarily adjusted opening hours. Until further notice, the gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 pm to 7 pm. The current exhibition with The current exhibition with series of works “A Discovery of the Wild!” by Simon Czapla and “Hang on” by Gerard Waskievitz can be visited at any time by arrangement via telephone (Tel. 0179 34 00 34 1).

Bermel von Luxburg Gallery is pleased to announce that the gallery will re-open this Saturday the 25th of April. The exhibition MATERIA will be extended until the 18th of July 2020. The gallery is fully equipped with sanity products and will take care of the number of visitors. Gallery owner Mario Bermel says: “We shall ask all visitors to keep a minimum of distance for the safety of all of us.”

Galerie Brockstedt reopens today, 22 April 2020, initially half-day. The new temporary opening hours: Tue – Fri, 2 – 6 pm, Sat 11 am – 2 pm and by prior arrangement. The current exhibition with Alina Cowan and Ben Wagin: “Bäume Traum Räume” (drawings and installations) will be extended until further notice.

Galerie mutare is reopened as of today (22.04.2020). The current exhibition with ARTISTS OF THE GALLERY (Caro Stark, Hans Scheib, Tamim Sibai, Oskar Manigk, Reinhard Stangl, Jonas Hödicke, Kuisoon Park, Sabina Grzimek, Cäsar W. Radetzky, Volker Henze, Michael Sowa, Sybille Onnen, Joanna Rusinek, Arndt von Diepenbroick) and works of ART BRUT will be shown until April 29, 2020.

WENTRUP reopens from 22.04.2020 onwards. Gregor Hildebrandt’s solo exhibition will be shown until 25.04.2020 No more than three persons are allowed in the gallery at the same time.

Brenneke Fine Art opens again from today (22.04.2020) onwards. The exhibition with Thomas Riess is extended until 13. May.

The Berlin museums are allowed to reopen from 04.05.2020 under strict security measures. The security measures include limiting the number of visitors, visitor guidance, time slots for risk groups or extended opening hours.

König Galerie is making the exhibitions in its Berlin premises accessible again from today (21.04.2020). Despite the relaxation of government measures, the safety of visitors and staff is the gallery’s top priority. In order to make art fully experienceable again, the gallery now offers a ticket system under the following link, which can be used to book visiting hours: app.acuityscheduling.com. Each ticket allows access for one person plus one companion during the selected time window. The tickets are free of charge. In addition to protecting their health, visitors also benefit from a special art experience, as the gallery is exclusively available at the time booked. The exhibitions THE REAL EXTENT by Jorinde Voigt and NOTHNIG IS AS IT APPEARS by Jeppe Hein, which were affected by the situation of the past weeks, have been extended until 26 April. The virtual viewing rooms of the KÖNIG GALERIE are accessible throughout.

ART@Berlin returns to actively advertise exhibitions from 21.04.2020 onwards. +++

hilleckes probst galerie reopens on Wednesday, 22.04.2020 with the following temporarily adjusted opening hours, which are valid until further notice Mon + Wed: closed, Tue + Thu: 11:00 – 18:00, Fri: 14:00 – 18:00, Sat: 11:00 – 15:00. The exhibition of the artist GAMA can be seen until 25.04. On 30.04. the new exhibition with Alvar Beyer starts, which will also be shown online. The usual vernissage will not take place.

The Galerie Born Berlin is open again from 21.04.2020 onwards. The current exhibition of Felipe Cusicanqui has been extended until 30.05.2020. Gallery owner Matthias Born writes: “We keep our distance from each other and enjoy the art.

The Galerie der Berliner Graphikpresse will reopen next week probably from 22.04. or 23.03.2020. From then on the opening hours will apply again: Wed – Fri 13-18:30 and Sat 11-15. On view is “Wolfgang Leber. Painting and Lithography from the Workshop of Klaus Wilfert” until 15.05.2020. Visits outside these times are possible by appointment.

Galerie Thomas Schulte opens the gallery to the public again from 21.04.2020. The rules of conduct practiced in recent weeks, which among other things limit the number of visitors to two at the same time, are still valid, the gallery informs. The current exhibition with photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe will be on view until 09.05.2020.

The gallery Barbara Wien reopens its premises to the public from 21.04.2020 onwards. The current solo show by Georges Adéagbo “L’Abécédaire de Georges Adéagbo: la civilisation parlant et faisant voir la culture”..! has been extended until 01.08.2020.

Guido W. Baudach reopens the gallery to the public from 21.04.2020. Philipp Modersohn attitudes of heat will be shown. The exhibition has been extended until 30.05.2020.

On 16.04.2020, galerie georg nothelfer announces that it will reopen its gallery spaces to the public from 21.04.2020. It announces that it will take all precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

Gallery CFA (Contemporary Fine Arts) announces the reopening for 20.04.2020 from 10 am.

48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN – The art festival will take place online. This was announced yesterday (23.03.) by the festival directors Dr. Martin Steffens and Thorsten Schlenger to the artists from Neukölln. Furthermore, the art festival complements its previous theme “Boom” with #systemrelevant. “We will stick to the festival date (June 19 to 21, 2020), even though the situation is confusing and difficult to assess. It is not the moment to cancel our festival, but to meet the current development with art means. We would like to accompany the events with care and remain aware of our responsibility as a festival towards you and our audience. Therefore, we will together break new ground in the presentation of art: A challenge, but also a great opportunity. In concrete terms, this means that we will develop innovative formats of art presentation together with you in the current festival edition: Exhibitions will take place in digital space. We will realize studio visits, for example via Skype. Advertising screens, advertising columns and shop windows will become our exhibition spaces that will continue to be accessible. Together, we will bring art into public space and digitally into the homes of people who, at the end of June, will certainly urgently need artistic reflection on the events, but also inspirational impulses. Our theme continues to be “Boom” and is supplemented by “#systemrelevant” to raise the question of what contribution art and culture can make in times of crisis”.

drj art projects informs that the exhibition reading by Carlo Battisti and Daniela Comani will not end with a reading this Saturday as planned. Instead, they will remain on view by appointment until further notice. If the 19.04.2020 as the end of the measures to contain the virus cannot be kept, the vernissage of ÜBERTRAG, the exhibition by Denise Winter and Hartmut Böhm, scheduled for April and May, will also be postponed indefinitely. Whether Anna Kubelík and Matthew Hawtin will be able to present their joint show in June on the scheduled date has also not yet been determined.

Galerie Kornfeld and 68 pojects is closed until further notice. The gallery writes: “We believe in the power of art to bring people together digitally in challenging times. Therefore, we encourage you to give us feedback on how we can support each other as part of an art and cultural landscape in the coming weeks. We are looking forward to the personal exchange with you via e-mail and on the phone and hope to see you again soon.

Dorothée Nilsson Gallery is closed until further notice. However, the current exhibition Enlargements with works by the artist Dawid can be visited by appointment. The gallery continues to work internally on all ongoing projects and can be reached by e-mail or telephone.

The Berlin art fair paper positions, which was to take place from 30.04. to 03.05.2020 in the representative office of Deutsche Telekom in the capital, has been postponed to 10.09. to 13.09.2020, the time of the Berlin Art Week. This was announced by the organisers on Thursday (19.03.). The location of the postponed event will be Berlin Tempelhof Airport (Hangar 3 – 4). At the same time, the art fair POSITIONS will take place regularly, in compliance with the strictest hygiene and distance rules. POSITIONS has invited the art fair photo basel, which will be held as photo basel.berlin in September 2020 during the Berlin Art Week, also at Tempelhof Airport.

The Gallery Weekend 2020, planned for the beginning of May, will be completely postponed until autumn. In agreement with the participating galleries, the presentation of predominantly contemporary art will be postponed to the weekend of 11 to 13 September 2020, as the organizers announced early Thursday evening (19 March). More international guests would then be expected. At the same time, some galleries plan to show their exhibitions in May as planned. Berlin’s Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer (left) had originally planned to give the Gallery Weekend in spring a focus on the art market and distribution development in cooperation with the Senate Department for Economics. (dpa)

DAM GALLERY postpones the exhibition with Eelco Brand indefinitely However, as far as the current situation allows, you are welcome to visit the gallery individually by appointment at any time. This applies with immediate effect.

At the moment there are no events and vernissages in the TVD ART Gallery. A viewing of the exhibition in the gallery rooms is, if permitted, only possible by appointment.

Galerie Brutto Gusto Fine Arts is only open by appointment until further notice.

The gallery Kuckei + Kuckei will be temporarily closed and a visit is only possible by appointment.

Galerie Nordenhake temporarily closes its locations in Berlin, Stockholm and Mexico City The gallery can still be reached for individual appointments.

janinebeangallery will close the gallery until further notice, but is available for individual appointments. In addition, the gallery also offers appointments for individual online celebrity tarot sessions with Kathrin Günter starting today (19.03.) (session ca. 30 min, 25 €).

Laura Mars Gallery shows the current exhibition SVEN-ÅKE JOHANSSON / THOMAS KAPIELSKI until this Friday. The gallery is open during the opening hours until Friday, 20.03.2020 from 13 to 18 o’clock. Visitors have individual access.

WENTRUP will close with immediate effect until further notice. However, the gallery can be visited by appointment by email.

Galerie Deschler closes the gallery until further notice, but offers visits by appointment as far as permitted.

The Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation cancels its planned events (openings, guided tours, workshops) for the time being. Especially all events where people come together as a group are cancelled. This general cancellation policy is valid until the end of April 2020, so the exhibition of the artist Walter Barrientos cannot take place as planned. For this reason, the Camaro Foundation has decided to show a virtual exhibition tour from the original opening day (27.03.2020) HERE.

Esther Schipper will close the gallery to the public from 17.03.2020 until further notice. The current solo exhibition Fog Dog by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané can be visited in the Online Viewing Room.

Galerie Brockstedt temporarily closes its gallery locations in Berlin and Hamburg to the public. You can still reach the gallery by phone and email as follows: Phone 0179-55 99 356, brockstedt@snafu.de. A visit to the exhibition as well as a presentation of works from the collection is possible by prior arrangement. Galerie Brockstedt will also provide information about this via its social media channels.

As the Tagesspiegel reports, the makers* of the Gallery Weekend around Maike Cruse have announced that the art weekend of the same name (01.05.-03.05.2020) will also be held in autumn this year, parallel to Berlin Art Week. Two of the main acts of the Gallery Weekend in May, the VIP dinner for collectors* and the Welcome Reception, have been cancelled and postponed until autumn. According to the organizers, many international collectors are currently not flying to Berlin because of the Corona crisis. The exhibitions announced for the Gallery Weekend are expected to take place anyway. It is not yet known what will happen with openings.

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin will close all exhibitions, archives, collections and our library with immediate effect until further notice. All events have been cancelled and the Academy locations are no longer open to the public. Also the opening of the exhibition “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite”, planned for 20.03.2020, will not take place. The exhibition will be postponed if possible. Tickets already purchased will be refunded. For this purpose, the Akademie der Künste asks you to contact the ticketing office of the Akademie der Künste by e-mail (ticket@adk.de) or by post (Events Department, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin). Tickets purchased via the webshop will be refunded by a credit note to the payment medium used. You can also follow updates HERE.

The House of World Cultures – HKW cancels its public events up to and including 31.05.2020. All exhibitions are postponed until further notice, some events will not take place. For details and further developments please click HERE.

Galerie Martin Mertens cancels the planned opening of Jens Hausmann’s exhibition on 20.03.2020. However, the exhibition will be hung as planned and can be seen from 21.03.2020 until further notice during the usual opening hours (Tues-Sa 12-18 hrs). The opening hours are of course only guaranteed as long as no further official restrictions are imposed. In addition, Galerie Martin Mertens will have ART@Berlin create a 360-degree panorama tour, which will be shown HERE. The gallery will also send a direct link to this tour within its email distribution list.

The Palais Populaire has announced the opening of the exhibitions “Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Projects 1963-2020. Ingrid & Thomas Jochheim” and “Time Present – Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection”. The building will close its entire exhibition and restoration operations until 19.04.2020.

Bermel von Luxburg Gallery will open from 16.03.2020 until further notice only by telephone appointment to visit the current exhibition MATERIA. The gallery informs about updates HIER.

Robert Morat | Galerie is cancelling the book premiere as part of the exhibition by ZEITmagazin columnist Florian Jaenicke, which was planned for Friday, 13.03.2020. The gallery is closed with immediate effect (16.03.) until further notice.

Galerie Michael Haas opens its gallery from now on only after prior arrangement by telephone.

Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese closes his gallery until further notice.

KINDL Zentrum will close the rooms for visitor traffic until further notice, but at least until 19.04.2020.

kajetan Berlin will be closed from now on until further notice. The current exhibition with works by Elisabeth Vary will be extended for this period. The gallery offers individual interested parties the opportunity to view the exhibition by telephone appointment. All further planned exhibitions will be postponed accordingly. Information and updates can be obtained HERE.

hilleckes probst galerie will remain closed to the public until 19.04.2020 The gallery will gladly accept appointments to visit the exhibition by appointment. You can find updates HERE.

GNYP Gallery opens its current exhibition only by prior appointment.

Efremidis Gallery will close the gallery immediately until further notice.

Zilberman Gallery postpones the catalogue presentation planned for 18.03.2020 at 18:30. The current exhibition can be visited by appointment.

Galerie Z22 will close until further notice, but will change exhibitions on 28.03 as planned. Personal guided tours of the exhibition will be offered by appointment.

After the weekend openings, Galerie mehdi chouakri has just announced (14.03., 18:12) the temporary closure of the galleries (Fasanenplatz + Mommsenstraße) from 16.03. until further notice. Visits by prior appointment are possible, as the internal gallery work will continue unchanged.

The Barbara Thumm Gallery can only be visited by appointment from now until 19.04.2020.

Aurel Scheibler closes the gallery from 16.03.2020 until further notice, but visits by appointment remain possible.

ChertLüdde will not hold a vernissage at the opening of the new exhibitions. Franco Mazzucchelli “plongée en apnée” and @ BUNGALOW Boris Anje “A Mindset of Change” will be shown on 14.03.2020 from 14 to 19 o’clock. Starting next week, the gallery can only be visited by appointment until further notice.

+++ ATTENTION +++ alexander levy is very sorry to announce that one of the guests of the last opening (on 06.03.2020) tested positive for COVID-19. The guest is doing well and the gallery is in contact with the German Ministry of Health, which advised to stay calm and be aware of the changes in the state of health. If anybody noticed any symptoms, please contact the following nationwide phone number: 116117. The gallery also asked to visit the following website for more information: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus.html. Due to the current situation the gallery will remain closed until further notice.

The Grisebach Salon in Berlin in Berlin with Julia Voss and Daniel Birnbaum to Hilma af Klint on 17.03.2020, book presentation and exhibition opening, will unfortunately be cancelled. However, the exhibition “Hilma af Klint and wild drawing” will be shown from 18.03. to 11.04.2020 at Fasanenstraße 25 (Mo-Fr 10-18.30, Sat 11-16).

Sprüth Magers is closing its premises in Berlin, London and Los Angeles to visitors. The office hours (Monday-Friday, 10.00-18.00 hrs) will remain the same, and during these hours staff can be contacted by e-mail at info@spruethmagers.com or by phone at +49 30 2888 4030 (Berlin) / +44 20 7408 1613 (London) / +1 323 634 0600 (Los Angeles). Sprüth Magers will also offer video chat exhibition tours during this time – if this is of interest to you, please contact the gallery directly.

galerie georg nothelfer cancels the opening of the exhibition of Thomas Hartmann “So!”, which was planned for Friday, 20.03.2020. However, you can visit the exhibition during the usual opening hours: Tue – Fri 12 -18.30 and Sat 10 -14. Duration: 21.03. until 03.05.2020.

ART@Berlin and DEEDS.NEWS has decided (after the Robert Koch Institute raised the risk of infection with the coronavirus to the highest level on March 17th – Details HEREnot to actively advertise any exhibitions at the moment, even if they still take place. Nevertheless, we would like to draw the attention of all art enthusiasts in the sense of the Berlin gallery owners* to the fact that although some (not all) galleries have decided to cancel vernissages or events and some exhibitions, a number of galleries present their current exhibitions virtually or invite individuals by appointment to their exhibitions (temporarily closed to normal visitor traffic) to view art “quiet and peaceful”, as the gallery mehdi chouakri wrote to us. A reasonable behaviour on site, the currently much quoted social distance and the observance of the important hygiene regulations presuppose all those involved. Everybody will understand these days that greetings, conversations or goodbyes are by far as warmly meant as hugs or the popular kiss-right-kiss-left. It is a sign of consideration and thoughtfulness. So before you plan to visit a gallery, please contact the gallery in question, as temporary closures are implemented differently from gallery to gallery within the framework of the guidelines and regulations. Some galleries stick to their exhibition schedule, others postpone exhibitions indefinitely.

The Künstlerhaus Bethanien will be closed to the public from 14.03. to probably 19.04.2020. There will be no exhibitions during this time. The current exhibition “Falkenrot Preis 2020: Construct Your Stories” will be closed from 14.03.2020.

The temporary project space of the 11th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art on the ExRotaprint site will remain closed to visitors* from 13.03. to 19.04.2020. No activities or events will take place during this period.

The Käthe Kollwitz Museum will close from 14.03. to 19.04.2020

daad Galerie will be closed from 16.03. to 19.04.2020. From 17.03. to 25.03.2020 the exhibition Don Mee Choi: “DMZ Colony: Exhibition of a Book” can only be seen by appointment. Visitors* can arrange a visit by email: bkp.berlin@daad.de. The discussion between Don Mee Choi and Senthuran Varatharajah on 18.03.2020 will take place without audience. It will be recorded and published on www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de.

Galerie Daniel Marzona will close its gallery until further notice, but visits by appointment are still possible. According to his own information this is planned for 8 weeks. His website will keep you up to date HERE.

Taubert Contemporary cancels the opening of Manuel Franke’s exhibition “Prong B”, scheduled for this evening (13.03.). For those friends* of the gallery and the work of Manuel Franke who have already set out, the gallery will remain open until 8 pm this evening.

ifa Galerie Berlin close its premises from 17.03.2020 until further notice. However, the in-house website, which you can access HERE, does not yet contain any information about this.

Galerie Thomas Schulte cancels the opening of the exhibition with Robert Mapplethorpe this evening (13.03.2020) as well as the film screening tomorrow at the gallery. However, according to the gallery, you can visit the new exhibitions today between 12.00 and 21.00 and from tomorrow during the regular opening hours and at any time by appointment.

The Schering Stiftung cancels the opening of Hyphen Labs: PushMi PullYu, which was planned for April 3, 2020. Further events are also cancelled. You can read about this in detail HERE.

The National Museums in Berlin will close all their buildings from Saturday, 14 March 2020, affecting the Museum Island, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Museums am Kulturforum and the State Library. Until the early evening of 12 March, it was announced that the museums would remain open and all educational and event formats with up to 50 people would take place as planned. However, events with more than 50 expected participants* (e.g. exhibition openings, conferences, symposia) would be cancelled up to and including 19.04.2020. This information has been replaced by the new state of knowledge. You can find updates  HERE.

In the course of Friday, C/O Berlin has also decided to close the exhibition house and the C/O Berlin Bookshop from Saturday, 14.03.2020 until further notice. Announced accompanying events and workshops will not take place and will be made up for at a later date if possible. The C/O Berlin opened the current exhibitions with Francesca Woodman and Linda McCartney last Friday with the usual large crowds of visitors. Until Friday, the exhibitions ran as usual. Nevertheless, the C/O Berlin did not leave the corona virus unmentioned and called for reasonable action. Wording and updates HERE.

The opening in the Haus am Waldsee on 13.03.2020 (“Image Ballett” | Bernhard Martin) will take place exclusively in a small circle of members. On the website you can read: “We have set up a wonderful exhibition with Bernhard Martin. Due to the occasion, we will refrain from the grand vernissage. The exhibition and the café will be open for everyone from 13.03. at 11 am. We are looking forward to your visit!” Updates HERE.

Gallery ART CRU BERLIN now also closes the gallery temporarily until further notice. Visits are possible after making contact and appointments. First ART CRU Berlin cancelled its vernissage of the “Strippenausstellung”, which was planned for next week Thu, 19.03.2020. Instead, the gallery invited guests to the gallery during regular opening hours and exceptionally on the two Sundays in March.

 KW Institute for Contemporary Art will cancel all events such as openings or events related to exhibitions and close the building and all exhibitions to visitors from March 14 until probably April 19, 2020. All details HERE.

Kunsthaus Dahlem will close from 14.03. to 19.04.2020. The opening of the exhibition “75 Years of Galerie Gerd Rosen”, which was planned for 03.04.2020, has been postponed. Kunsthaus Dahlem informs about updates HIER.

The Times Art Center Berlin (TACB) is postponing the screening program “Conflictual Topography: Landscape and Belonging” with Rosa Barba and Ben Rivers, planned for 14 March 2020, until further notice. The exhibition “Zhou Tao: Winter North Summer South” at TACB is on view until 03.05.2020. From Saturday, 14.03. the exhibition will be open by appointment only until further notice. Visitors* can arrange a visit via e-mail: berlin@timesartcenter.org

 The Museum Barberini will close until 19.04.2020.. Für vorerst 6 Tage (vom 12.03. bis 17.03.2020) schließt das Museum Barbarini in Potsdam. Der Publikumsmagnet „Monet. Orte” überschreitet die empfohlene maximale Personenzahl, derzeit zählt das Museum zwischen 2.500 bis 3.000 Gäste pro Tag. Tickets, die für den Zeitraum gekauft wurden, werden erstattet, schreibt das Museum Barberini. More information and updates HERE.

Koop5 in the House of Statistics at Alexanderplatz has decided to cancel all formats of participation until 21 April 2020 for the time being due to pandemic prevention. All contact details with the WORKSHOP in the House of Statistics, as well as news, can be found HERE.

Technikmuseum Berlin and Spectrum close from Sat, 14.03., until probably Mo, 20.03, more HERE.

The state theatres, operas and concert halls in Berlin will completely cease their performances in front of audiences from 13.03.2020 until the end of the Easter holidays, i.e. until 19.04.2020. Several private theatres are also expected to follow after consultation with the responsible health authorities. The state museums, memorials and galleries under the auspices of the Cultural Administration of the State of Berlin and the Central and State Library (ZLB) will also cease to allow visitors to enter their closed rooms from 13 and 14 March 2020 respectively until 19 April 2020. HERE the complete press release of the Berlin Senator for Culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lederer.

This list is updated at regular intervals.

Let us continue to behave considerately – and stay healthy!

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