This edition features a variety of premier and site specific works, performative and time-based works, lectures, artist's talks, sound works and discussions. Upcoming Exhibitions is a project in which a new exhibition produced and initiated by 14 invited international project spaces will occur every two hours in Abc's entrance area. Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair 2013 will also open at abc and brings together for the fifth time protagonists of international art book publishing.
With its innovative, artist-centered format, abc art berlin contemporary is consciously focused on artistic practice. Each invited gallery is specifically asked to realize a single position of contemporary art. Rather than presenting their particular programs, the galleries present themselves in their capacities as producers of selected artists. abc is led for the first time this year by Maike Cruse as artistic director. In his sixth editon, abc welcomes over 130 galleries from across the world to Berlin presenting some 120 projects. For 2013, abc is pleased to announce a variety of premier and site specific works. The line-up includes new works from artists such as Julieta Aranda, Nina Beier, Eva Berendes, Julius von Bismarck, Nina Canell, Adriano Costa, Michelle Di Menna, Thea Djordjadze, Maria Eichhorn, Mark Flood, Kasia Fudakowski, Laetitia Gendre, Mathew Hale, Jan Peter Hammer, Klara Hobza, Susanne Kriemann, Ryan McGinley, Robin Rhode, Michael Riedel, Ricarda Roggan, Jerszy Seymour, and Santiago Sierra.
Many participating artists exhibit performative and time-based works this year; others will add lectures, artist’s talks, sound works and discussions to their presentations, all of which result in an extensive four-day program spanning the entire area. Artists in this part of abc include Alexandra Bachzetsis, Christoph Schlingensief´s Operndorf (Andy Hope 1930, Anri Sala, Aino Laberenz), DiS, Kasia Fudakowski, Hermann Nitsch, Nasan Tur, Pae White and Thomas Zipp, among many others.
The varied program is complimented by “Upcoming Exhibitions”, a project introduced by Shanaynay (Paris), in which a new exhibition produced and initiated by 14 invited international project spaces will occur every two hours in abc’s entrance area. Project spaces are 1857 (Oslo), Am Nuden Da (London), Auto Italia South East (London), Betonsalon (Paris), Cleopatras (New York City), Gasconade (Milan), Generation Works (Washington), Lulu (Mexico), New Theater (Berlin), Ohio (Glasgow), Peles Empire (London), The Ister (Brussels), Treize (Paris), Works Sited (Los Angeles). The structure of “Upcoming Exhibitions” has been designed by June 14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff. “Upcoming Exhibtions” and an accompanying publication have been developed in collaboration with Red Bull.
The exhibition design has been developed further by Manuel Raeder and looks critically into the temporary exhibition architecture. Instead of producing extensive one-way solutions, the concept is based upon already existing and recyclable structures. Combined with specially developed display systems, those structures will provide an environmental sustainable setting.
For the first time an Editions exhibition conceived by Index / Kirsa Geiser takes place at abc. Over 30 positions will be shown, please find more information here.
MISS READ: The Berlin Art Book Fair 2013 will also open at abc and brings together for the fifth time protagonists of international art book publishing. A series of talks, panel discussions, and presentations will explore the cutting edge of art publishing today. MISS READ STAGE will feature numerous talks, and book launches by AA Bronson, Eleanor Brown, Rike Frank, Cecilia Grönlund, John Holten, Marysia Lewandowska, Sarah Pierce, Laurel Ptak, Martha Rosler, Pelin Tan, Tony White and others. MISS READ: The Berlin Art Book Fair is conceived and organized by argobooks, Michalis Pichler and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, advised by AA Bronson.
abc is a private initiative by nine galleries in Berlin: Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Mehdi Chouakri, Galerie Kamm, Klosterfelde, Meyer Riegger, Galerie Neu, Neugerriemschneider, Esther Schipper and Zak Branicka. For its debut in 2008, the galleries invited visitors to the Station Berlin, where some 75 positions from sculpture, installation, and projected images were shown. The following year focussed on the presentation of models for art in public space at the Akademie der Künste at the Tiergarten under the title “def – drafts establishing future”. In 2010 abc chose the Marshall Haus at Berlin’s convention center as a venue. Under the title “light camera action”, the exhibition examined the complex issues of all things cinematic within contemporary art and the related aspect of performance. 2011– under the motto “about painting” – abc returned to the Station Berlin, presenting around 120 contemporary positions on painting, as well as installations, works on paper, videos, photographs and sculptures with a contextual interest in this classic medium. In 2012, galleries have been asked to submit their own positions. New York’s not for profit “Artists Space” has been invited to curate two “interventions” as well as organizing a series of keynote lectures parallel to the 5th edition of abc.
Image: John Bock, verschiedene Fahrradteile montiert, 4 Unikate, signiert und nummeriert, n.b.k.
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