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Berlin Art Week 2022 | Great commitment to art: project spaces and private collections | 14.09.-18.09.2022

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The Project Space Award and the Berlin Art Prize honour the importance of project spaces – collectors welcome visitors to open houses, performances and much more.

image above: Photo Credits: Miettinen Collection, Monica Bonvicini, Grap Them by the Balls # 3, 2020, And I Trust You © Miettinen Collection 

What would art be without the personal commitment of individuals and groups that goes beyond a purely professional interest? Especially in Berlin. Both project spaces and showrooms of private collections set their own and important accents in Berlin’s art landscape. Tireless curiosity and passion for the cause unite their creators – their individual interests and preferences give them each their own profile.

We present two awards from well over 150 project spaces throughout Berlin that put the spotlight on the great commitment of the initiatives:

Berlin Art Prize
How’s the art? The Berlin Art Prize is back. After a pandemic break of two years, this experimental, solidarity-based and independent award once again shows the public what Berlin’s current art scene has to offer.
The concept of the Berlin Art Prize is simple and yet unique: all artists living in Berlin can apply. A five-member jury selects the nominees according to a largely anonymous process. The eight nominated artists will each be invited to host a solo exhibition in one of eight project spaces, making the Berlin Art Prize 2022 once again a major collaboration project.

2022 will include: Isabell Schulte, Spoiler Aktionsraum / Mazenett Quiroga, Lage Egal [Kimgo] / Hana Yoo, ACUD Galerie / Alicja Rogalska, Scherben / Mazen Khaddaj, Blake & Vargas / Melanie-Jame Wolf, Centrum / Bassem Saad, Peles Empire / Lucas Odahara, Die Möglichkeit einer Insel.
The public award ceremony for the trophy, designed by Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano, will take place on 15. September 2022 from 7 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Acud Gallery.

Project Space Award
With the Project Space Award, the Berlin Senate for Culture is honouring the work and commitment of independent project spaces and initiatives in Berlin for the eleventh time. The award serves to support them, to secure the existing diversity and to make the extensive activities of artistic project spaces and initiatives in Berlin more visible.
This year, the prize money totalling 100,000 euros will be awarded on a staggered basis. Recommended by the jury for an award of 20,000 euros each are Archive Kabinett (Chiara Figon), Art-Lab Berlin at iPhonedoctor (Charlotte Bank and Salah Saouli), Videoart at Midnight (Olaf Stüber and Ivo Wessel), while the following four project spaces/initiatives will be recognised with prize money of 10,000 euros each: Hopscotch Reading Room (Siddhartha Lokanandi), SOX Berlin (Marlene Zoë Burz, Manuel Kirsch and Björn Streeck), STATIONS (Melissa Canbaz and Mihaela Chiriac) and TV Bar (Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff).
On 16. September at 8 p.m., the official awards ceremony will take place at the TV Bar.

Autumn is just around the corner, but we are still expecting good weather with lots of outdoor options in September. For example, the haubrok foundation is organising a big summer festival to mark the end of the season: together with the tenants on site, a diverse programme of new music has been developed that will take visitors around the entire site with installations, live performances and concerts. The contributions come from Ari Benjamin Meyers, Ayumi Paul and David Zink Yi, among others.

But there is also a lot on offer in-house. Visitors to the Julia Stoschek Collection will move through a sound course: in addition to the current exhibition, the premiere of a site-specific sound performance by the multidisciplinary artist Fa’ Pawaka and the artist collective ‘Labour’ will be presented here. Meanwhile, in Salon Dahlmann, the Timo Miettinen and Florian Peters-Messer collections meet and interweave under the poetic title ‘And I Trust You’. The Fluentum Collection presents itself with the group exhibition Kino and the Kienzle Art Foundation with ‘The Fiction of Property II’.

Open House, on the other hand, is the motto on selected days during Berlin Art Week at some other private collections: The Boros Collection, for example, is opening its doors to visitors for ‘Boros Collection / Bunker Berlin #4’ and the EAM Collection is inviting visitors to its exhibition ‘Seven Avantgardes-Seven Utopias’ over a charming French breakfast. The Kunsthaus of the Achim Freyer Foundation also opens its doors for the first time this year for Berlin Art Week and the Ivo Wessel Collection presents itself in new rooms at the Bruno Taut-Haus am Engelbecken.

The Feuerle Collection invites you to the opening of the first special exhibition of ‘Edmund de Waal and Unseen Pieces from the Feuerle Collection’ and calls for participation in World Cleanup Day for the closing Sunday of Berlin Art Week, directly in front of one’s own front door at the Landwehrkanal those interested can take action.


The new programme section ‘BAW Featured’ presents special artistic interventions with new perspectives on urban spaces with ten selected special projects: Voices of Art, Stiftung Neue Kunst Berlin-Brandenburg and CCA Berlin dedicate their spaces to contemporary Ukrainian art. The Fairest presents a new alternative model of art fair. At the Musée de la Fraise, a colony of strawberry huts will be turned into an exhibition setting, while at the Humboldt Forum, the Berlin artists’ collective Slavs & Tartars will celebrate the opening of the now complete building 24 hours non-stop. Also part of the Featured Programme: LAS Light Art Space, Art’Us (Kühlhaus), Räume 3 and Kvost. 

Berlin Art Week Art happens here. Every year in September: exhibitions and mediation offers, projects and performances, screenings, talks and many encounters under the sign of art. For 5 days, major players on the scene present a diverse festival programme of contemporary art. Museums and institutions, galleries in the city and at the fair, private collections and project spaces: they all make an appearance. Art experts and friends, artists and curators, Berliners and their guests from all over the world. They all celebrate art. Because in Berlin, art is not only made, it is lived.

The Berlin Art Week is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin. It is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is realised with the support of Gasag AG.

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