Words by Tommy Camerno

According to their press release Berlin Art week is sponsored by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, and realized with the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. So it can be deduced that this is a government funded tourist initiative and call out to hot shot collectors to go on a shopping spree in Berlin, if you’re gonna buy art why not here? Nothing wrong with that, but it’s a bit more confusing to work out who is and isn’t sponsored. Which galleries and institutions are taken under the wing of this auspicious 5-day event? And should it really make a difference to what you go and see if you’re not planning to get out your checkbook.  I’ve chosen 5 exhibitions, without much regard for the official line up, which I will definitely crawl out of bed for.

1.

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

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Andrea Crespo

16.09.2017–14.10.2017

Andrea Crespo is a rising star known for sensitive and thorough depictions of socially assigned ‘abnormality’. Crespo will present their second solo show with Krupa Tuscany Zeidler, the first in a new space on Kohlfurter Straße. Opening on Saturday this exhibition will surely make you question your neuro-typicality. If you’re feeling nervous and need a lot of support this could be the show for you.

2.

Freedman Fitzpatrick at MD72

Four Rooms

Mathis Altmann, Jill Mulleady, Lucie Stahl, Hannah Weinberger

12.09.2017 – 14.10.2017

The totally cool Hollywood gallery Friedman Fitzpatrick is teaming up with Berlin favorite Gallery Neu for a group show at MD72. That’s Mehringdam 72 if you were wondering, don’t get confused and go to their space in Mitte. I love this space and both of these galleries, so even without the amazing list of artists I would be interested. Not sure if the title is a reference to Quentin Tarantino’s 1995 movie staring Madonna but I hope so!

3.

Dittrich & Schlechtriem

Andrej Dùbravsky

Birds and Wind

15.09.2017 – 28.10.2017

Andrej Dùbravsky is back in town and it’s probably worth going to the opening of his show for the cruising potential alone. On top of that it’s also a chance to gaze in rapture at his luscious and fluent paintings of cocks. This one might be a case of taste, but if you’re into it you’ll be into it and sometimes that can be the most fulfilling art experience of all.

4.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Willem de Rooij

Whiteout

14.09.2017-17.12.2017

Around the corner from Dittrich & Schlechtriem on the map but miles away in artistic intentionality and execution is Willem de Rooij’s major show at KW. Here is nature as conceptual tool rather than romantic expression. I’m hoping that this exhibition will elucidate the practice of someone I admire without knowing exactly why. I’m also hoping the show will have something for a cynic to get excited about and preparing myself mentally for a lot of art world riddles and objects that don’t do what they say on the tin.

5.

Sammlung Boros

Bunker

Special opening hours Berlin Art Week

16/17.09.2017 10am-6pm (visit without registration)

Finally a very Berlin Art Week specific suggestion; there is an opportunity to visit the Boros collection without prior registration this weekend. This is the third presentation in the bunker since it opened to the public in 2008 and it will definitely be a unique experience. Probably one of the most extreme ways to encounter art, this time with an exciting mix of younger artists such as Venice Biennale favorites Katja Novitskova and Pamela Rosenkranz.