Art Buzz: Berlin's End-of-Summer Exhibitions

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The city of Berlin is home to dozens of museums and art galleries, and the German capital’s end-of-summer art showings include a wide range of events. From a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Dadaism to a month-long photography exhibition, here are some notable art events set to take place throughout the city in the coming months.

From August 5 – November 7, the 100th anniversary of Dadaism will be celebrated at the Berlinische Galerie with Dada Africa: Dialogue with the Foreign. A party will celebrate the occasion, while nearly 120 works from collections in Germany and abroad will be presented in five sections and include works and artifacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania.

The Long Night of Museums will take place on August 27. Nearly 100 large and small museums participate in the late-night event, opening their doors from 6p.m. Saturday evening until 2 a.m. Sunday morning, presenting both established and new collections. Music, theater, and culinary events enhance the permanent and temporary exhibitions, and visitors can buy a single ticket for unlimited access to a special shuttle bus service and admission to all participating venues and events.

Held every Fall, Berlin Art Week is dedicated to contemporary art and combines exhibitions, art fairs, art awards, and an auxiliary program with talks, films, and tours. Now in its 5th year, the event will take place from September 13-18, and highlight notable private collections, project spaces, and the city’s sites of artistic production. Center pieces this year will again be the art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin – Art Fair.

Also in September, The 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is running until September 18, 2016, taking place at various locations. Since its inception in 1998, the event brings together some of the art world’s most influential artists, thinkers, and personalities and presents a cross section of both well-known and emerging artists. Each edition of the Biennale typically includes 50 Berlin-based artists, with the majority producing new works for the exhibition. New York based collective DIS are the curatorial team of this year’s Biennale edition, and upcoming events will function as a platform for collaboration of different kinds, embracing “contradiction, blurriness, and confusion."

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a German expressionist painter and one of the founders of the artists group, “Die Brücke“, will be the focus of the exhibition, “Hieroglyphics”, taking place at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art from September 23 – February 12, 2017. The exihibiiont will have 18 works on display by the artist in the museum's own collection, including "Seated Nude" from the Dresden Brücke period and Bathers on the Beach, as well as Meadow Flowers and Cat from the artist's later pieces.

Photography enthusiasts can check out the European Month of Photography from October 1 – 31, at various locations throughout Berlin. Since 2004, the event has been taking place every two years in Germany’s capital city, with a wide range of exhibitions and events on historic and contemporary photography on display. The largest German festival for photography presents a collaboration of museums, cultural institutions, galleries, embassies, project spaces, as well as local photography schools. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary in 2014, the event welcomed 2 million visitors, 500 exhibitions and partners, 30,000 photographic works on display and 2,000 participating photographers.

Also in October, the Feuerle Collection is set to open in a former WWII telecommunications bunker. Collector Désiré Feuerle is planning to open his private museum which will house his collection of international contemporary and Southeast Asian art, as well as Chinese design. The Feuerle Collection will be permanently be displayed in the bunker, which has been refurbished by British architect John Pawson. A sneak-preview of the new exhibition will take place during the 9th Berlin Biennale in September.