Mediate, foster, find

Sol Calero, El barco de barro/The Clay Ship, Copenhagen Contemporary. Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin and Crevecoeur Galerie, Paris; Foto: David Stjernholm

»What’s up today?«, we ask a number of prominent figures from the city’s culture scene during Berlin Art Week. First up is Klaus Lederer, Mayor and Senator for Culture and Europe. He shares his favourites for Wed 15 SEP—the first day of Berlin Art Week.

I cannot emphasise enough how much I care about art- and cultural mediation. The Senate-supported ›BAW Garten‹ amounts to a new venue for art mediation and events on the grounds of the KINDL—Centre for Contemporary Art, one with a varied programme of exercise, workshops, performances, and music for everyone to enjoy. Definitely drop by, there’s always something going on!

I am also very much looking forward to the exhibition ›… oder kann das weg? Fallstudien zur Nachwende‹ at nGbK, which looks through artistic works—including work by artists like Elske Rosenfeld, Suse Weber, and Harun Farocki—to the social realities in the post-1990 era and the (im)possibility of finding a new language (of one’s own).

…oder kann das weg? Fallstudien zur Nachwende: Stasisauna. © Elske Rosenfeld, Anna Voswinckel, Suse Weber und Wolfgang H Scholz

Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart–Berlin. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker

Another of today’s highlights is the preview of the Preis der Nationalgalerie exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof—Museum für Gegenwart—Berlin as part of Berlin Art Week. It’s incredibly important to foster and promote emerging artists, and to give them a platform. This year’s nominees have also tackled extremely interesting questions of coexistence (Lamin Fofana), urban development (Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff), space and sculpture (Sandra Mujinga), and the impact of living in the diaspora as explored through sound (Sung Thieu). Great!

15—19 Sep 2021, 9am—10pm

›… oder kann das weg? Fallstudien zur Nachwende‹
16 SEP—7 NOV 2021
Opening 15 SEP, noon

Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. Lamin Fofana. Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff. Sandra Mujinga. Sung Tieu
16 SEP 2021—27 FEB 2022
Preview as part of Berlin Art Week on 15 SEP from 8pm with pre-booked time slot ticket.