BERLIN GALLERY WEEKEND 2018 / GUIDE
Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Founded by MoMA PS1 Curator Klaus Biesenbach, this former margarine factory has become one of Berlin's most important venues for experimental art. It was also the birthplace of the Berlin Biennale back in 1996.
Signs of the times
Orte Des Erinnerns
Bayerische Viertel, Schoöneberg, Berlin
Created in 1993 by Berlin-based artists Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock, Orte des Erinnerns, or Places of Remembrance consists of 80 street signs that display simple illustrations on one side and disturbing anti-Semitic legislation from the Nazi era on the other.
Dispersed around the Schoeneberg district, these signs which, at first, look as simple as traffic signs, soon remind you of the daily deprivation of rights and humiliation that the Jews endured.
The backside of this sign says:
"Jews in Berlin are only allowed
to buy food between four and
five o'clock in the afternoon."
Find the map here.
Prinzenstraße 35-38, 10969 Berlin, Germany
This urban farm in the heart of the city is the pilot project of Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green). Friends, activists and neighbors have come together to turn a wasteland into an urban farm in the heart of the city.
Grab a beer and a bite to eat and head over to this lovely urban garden to take a break from gallery hopping.
Friedrichstraße 218, 10969 Berlin
Using only local ingredients, this relative newcomer is pushing the boundaries of conventional, German fare and ushering Berlin into a new gastronomic era. With only one set menu (no à la carte), this fine dining establishment might just be the finest Berlin has to offer.
On Lock Down
Reinhardtstr. 20, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Originally built as an air-raid shelter, the bunker that houses The Boros Collection is an obligatory stop on any visit to Berlin.
Normally open by appointment only, they have a Gallery Weekend special: Visit without reservation on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th from 10 am to 6 pm.
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
König Gallery 28 April– 24 June - Claudia Comte has conceived an immersive environment comprising spruce trees, new sculptures, and a multi-channel video installation at König Gallery.
Gerichtstraße 54, 13347 Berlin
Once housed in a private apartment, Ernst has become only slightly less impossible to score a seat at since its move to a proper space in Berlin-Wedding. Once in, prepare to be blown away by the steady procession of dishes set before you over the course of your 3-hour stay.
Auguststraße 11 - 13, 10117 Berlin
Paying hommage to 1920's Berlin, Michelin-starred Pauly Saal serves up set menus of classic German and Austrian fare. While guests dine on luxurious green velvet upholstery, artist Cosima von Bonin's enormous "Miss Riley" looms overhead. The bar regularly hosts after parties for gallery openings.
Everything you never needed
Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin
Located on the ground floor of the Soho House in Mitte, you could easily spend the better part of an afternoon browsing, listening, and eating your way through The Store.
10999 Berlin, Kreuzberg
Dating back to 1861, this former pharmacy on Oranienplatz has been converted into a restaurant that's now known just as much for its gorgeous good looks as it is for its superb food. The old medicine cabinets and tiled floors are original, as is the neon sign out front which, to the owners' surprise when turning it on after all these years, only displayed the letters O-R-A.
Only the best
Do You Read Me?!
Auguststraße 28, 10117 Berlin
Just as wonderful as the magazines it carries, this little shop carries one of the best selections of international art, design and fashion magazines around.