With the 11th edition taking place from September 14-18, Berlin's rich contemporary art scene will reach its yearly peak at the upcoming Berlin Art Week 2022 – featuring works from hundreds of local and international artists in the city's many galleries and public spaces. We chatted to Monopol Magazine's seasoned editor-in-chief, Elke Buhr, for her top takes on this year's festivities.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE EXPLORING BERLIN ART WEEK FOR THE FIRST TIME?
First, you have to decide what you're interested in seeing. Do you want to see big institutional shows, explore the small project rooms, or take the opportunity to see private collections? Establish that, then build out your personal programme from there.
WHICH EXHIBITIONS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR THIS YEAR?
I'm very curious about Leila Hekmat’s 'Female Remedy' show at Haus am Waldsee. With her fantastic theatre-like installation, she'll transform the gallery space into a hospital full of eccentric caretakers and patients.
HOW DO YOU THINK BERLIN ART WEEK HAS CHANGED OVER TIME?
It's a well-established event now, where everyone comes together to start the autumn season after the holiday break. Each year puts slightly different institutions into focus, so it’s never the same.
WHAT ABOUT THE BERLIN ART SCENE MAKES IT SPECIAL OR DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD?
Berlin is a city where artists from all over the world have come together. The city's contemporary art museums and institutions are ambitious and varied, but it's the huge international ecosystem of artists and galleries that makes it really special.
Explore the full programme for Berlin Art Week 2022 here.