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The art world shuts down in August, a time to cross the blurry boundary between professional (art) life into personal (art) life. We jump out of our bathing suit directly back to work in the newest fall fashion for the big openings of jam packed September. The center of the fifth Berlin Art Week is the carefully curated fair abc art berlin contemporary, smaller and more refined this year. Time to dive in and see gallery directors making a splash. This year several tropes emerge across our picks. First is the triumph of the post-medium condition where artists move away from medium specificity. The second is the central idea of immersive installations (often sculpture/video) with the return of narrative and the body.

Here are our 10 humble picks:

1. Anne Imhof at Hamburger Bahnhof

Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski

Ever since Anne Imhof’s exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel we have been awaiting the second act of her three-part "opera," Angst II. She is the rare kind of artist that we revere. This past year she has moved from an emerging to one of the most talked about artists. As part of her award for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2015 she presents this new work in the main hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof. A major challenge was to remain intimate in a massive empty space, which she brilliantly resolved by filling the hall with fog. The space has never looked so good.
September 15-18 and 22-25, 20:00-24:00
Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50/51, Mitte

2. Dena Yago at Sandy Brown

Courtesy Sandy Brown, Berlin
Fresh off presenting a strong position at the Hammer museum's Made in L.A. biennial, Dena Yago makes her appearance this autumn in Berlin. She is a much needed voice of her generation and a founding member of the collective K-Hole. Yago’s personal practice is more poetic and nuanced, focusing on the way language and photography are nonequivalents – she picks up where older artists like Martha Rosler left off.

Sandy Brown, Goebenstrasse 7, Tiergarten

3. Mike Nelson at neugerriemschneider

Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin
In his second exhibition at the gallery, Mike Nelson mysteriously presents 30 years worth of his tools in an immersive installation. The exhibition titled tools that see (the possessions of a thief) 1986-2005 alludes to Nelson’s previous site-specific project in an old music hall in Berlin-Mitte in 2012 called space that saw (platform for a performance in two parts). In a certain sense the exhibition is like a self-portrait, but since each tool is paired with a stool or bench it also suggests the collective absent body.

neugerriemschneider, Linienstrasse 155, Mitte

4. Morag Keil at Eden Eden

Courtesy Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin, photo: Henry Trumble

Morag Keil works across painting, mixed-media, sculpture, film and installation seamlessly. Her previous paintings resonate with the abstract bodily work of Warhol’s famous Piss Paintings but her imagery is all the more relational – now her new video works touch on the cartoonification of the body. Her works reflect the ways the digital world has given rise to state power encroaching upon our personal rights.

Eden Eden, Bülowstrasse 74, Tiergarten

5. Cerith Wyn Evans at Galerie Neu

Courtesy Galerie Neu, Berlin
Cerith Wyn Evans' practice is expansive and immersive but two motifs are consistent: light and text – with his signature white neon text and neon bulbs. Moving between silent thoughts with their critical meanings he challenges the viewers lived phenomenological experience and their own perceptions in the mind's eye. His installation sparks new potential meanings of poetic positions that are both contemplative and ecstatic.

Galerie Neu, Linienstrasse 119 ABC, Mitte

6. Bryan Morello at Neumeister Bar-Am

Courtesy Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin

Like many American artists Bryan Morello spent time as an expat in Berlin before returning back to California. Now presenting his first solo exhibition outside of the US. His is the kind of work that needs to be seen in person. Central themes are body politics (dare we say identity politics) the sensual corporeal body in the face of constraints both social and physical.

Neumeister Bar-Am, Goethestrasse 2, 2nd floor, Charlottenburg

7. Trisha Baga at Société
Courtesy Société, Berlin

Trisha Baga is one of the most interesting artists of her generation, taking the moving image off the screen and into real space. Her current show LOAF – A blurry eye exam, or the sourdough hippocampus made up of screens, ceramics, projections that reflect implied organic processes. The current multi-channel videos feature the artist speaking as the "The Invisible Man" using painterly formal elements. It is also one of the best press releases we have ever read, written by the equally interesting Helen Marten. You can read the whole poetic press release on our Exhibitionary app.

Société, Genthiner Strasse 36, Tiergarten

8. Sterling Ruby at Sprüth Magers
Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin

There is not much left to be said about one of the giants working in art today – he has even worked with Raf Simons his close friend to produce a fashion collection. German born but LA-based Sterling Ruby is known for Americana references (abnormal psychology, urban ennui, graffiti, punk, violence, consumerism and waste of the American dream) made every medium possible, especially epic painting and ceramic. This time he focuses on his mobiles, one single work makes up the whole exhibition. His previous shows have stopped us in our tracks and we can’t wait for this sure to be talked about exhibition.

Sprüth Magers, Oranienburger Strasse 18, Mitte

9. Ugo Rondinone at Esther Schipper
Courtesy Esther Schipper, Berlin

We love Ugo Rondinone, his poetic solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo last year was a tender tribute to his long time partner (the under visible) John Giorno, and it is positions like this that make Rondinone’s work bold, romantic, alive, and poetic. His fifth solo exhibition at the gallery, two men contemplating the moon  1830 is his tribute to the influence German Romanticism on his work. Rondinone shows us the beauty in queering everyday moments and objects, windows, doors, brick walls, bulbs, trees that form a circular narrative like memory breaking open the linear time.

Esther Schipper, Schöneberger Ufer 65, Tiergarten

10. Laura Buckley at EIGEN + ART Lab
Courtesy EIGEN + ART Lab, photo: Otto Felber

Presenting only a tight selection of works, the shows features an immersive video/sculptural installation that consists of an intricate mirror/wood wall relief shaped like an exploding star. Onto the mirrored plane two projected videos are divided between 'attract' and 'repel' segment.

EIGEN + ART Lab, Torstrasse 220, Mitte

Besides Berlin Art Week we have exciting news! In collaboration with the New Art Dealers Alliance we sponsored the first NADA x Exhibitionary International Gallery Prize. The prize is awarded to an international gallery exhibiting for the first time in the US. It is our pleasure to announce that Prague-based gallery SVIT has been selected by the award committee. We are very happy to support this prize as it brings visibility of critical art to a broader public which is one of the main missions of our app.

We hope to see you around Berlin Art Week.

Justin, Jan, Istvan and the Exhibitionary team

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