press release

Opening: 28 September, 2007

Fair Participants – Special Exhibition HOUSE TRIP by Ami Barak– Season Start in Berlin

ART FORUM BERLIN - The International Fair for Contemporary Art is the opener of the autumn season again in late September. In its ideal setting, the elegant daylight halls 18-20 of Berlin's Exhibition Grounds, the fair provides art lovers, curators, artists, collectors and critics from around the globe with a captivating overview of new tendencies in the current art production.

130 galleries from 21 countries will show a high-quality selection of new work by roughly 1500 artists. Participating exhibitors come from Europe, Israel and North- and Central America. With its concise selection of galleries, the twelfth ART FORUM BERLIN promises to be a particularly fascinating new edition that surprises with its freshness and actuality.


Abel, Berlin / Adamski, Aachen / Akinci, Amsterdam / Alon Segev, Tel Aviv / Amerika, Berlin / Andersen, Copenhagen / Anhava, Helsinki / Anita Beckers, Frankfurt/Main / Arndt & Partner, Berlin/Zurich / Asbaek, Copenhagen / Hubert Bächler, Zurich / Anne Barrault, Paris / Guy Bärtschi, Geneva / Guido W. Baudach, Berlin / Jürgen Becker, Hamburg / Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen / Marianne Boesky, New York / Bortolami, New York / Breeder, Athens / Broadway 1602, New York / Spencer Brownstone, New York / Ellen de Bruijne, Amsterdam / Lena Brüning, Berlin / Buchmann, Berlin / carlier|gebauer, Berlin / Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles / China Art Objects, Los Angeles / Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin / Christina Wilson, Copenhagen / COMA, Berlin / CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS, Berlin / Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux / Crone, Berlin / Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin / Erika Deák, Budapest / Volker Diehl, Berlin / Dogenhaus, Leipzig / doggerfisher, Edinburgh / Anselm Dreher, Berlin / Dvir, Tel Aviv / EIGEN + A RT, Berlin/Leipzig / Frank Elbaz, Paris / Elizabeth Dee, New York / ESPAI 2NOU2, Barcelona / FrancoSoffiantino, Turin / Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne / Friedrich, Basel / Gazonrouge, Athens / Annie Gentils, Antwerp / Vera Gliem, Cologne / Laurent Godin, Paris / Goff + Rosenthal, Berlin/New York / Alexander Gray, New York / Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica / Grimm|Rosenfeld, Munich / Karin Guenther, Hamburg / Hammelehle & Ahrens, Cologne / Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart / Erna Hecey, Brussels/Luxembourg / Anna Helwing, Los Angeles / i8, Reykjavik / in Situ, Paris / Michael Janssen, Cologne/Berlin| Johnen, Berlin / K Galleri, Oslo / Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe / Kamm, Berlin / GEORG KARGL FINE ARTS, Vienna / Ben Kaufmann, Munich/Berlin / KICKEN BERLIN, Berlin / Peter Kilchmann, Zurich / Kirkhoff, Copenhagen / Andrew Kreps, New York / KRINZINGER PROJEKTE, Vienna / Krobath Wimmer, Vienna / Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin / Stella Lohaus, Antwerp / Patricia Low, Gstaad / magnus müller, Berlin / Mai 36, Zurich / Marc Berville, Paris / Martin Asbaek, Copenhagen / mirko mayer, Cologne / Kamel Mennour, Paris / Martin Mertens, Berlin / Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe / Francesca Minini, Milan / MOGADISHNI, Copenhagen / MOTIVE, Amsterdam / Christian Nagel, Cologne/Berlin / Nathalie Obadia, Paris / Nina Menocal, Mexico / Alexander Ochs, Berlin/Beijing / oechsner, Nuremberg / Patrick Painter, Santa Monica / David Pestorius, Brisbane / PIEROGI, New York/Leipzig / Praz-Delavallade, Paris / Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Hamburg / Michel Rein, Paris / RONMANDOS, Rotterdam / Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg/Paris / Rubicon, Dublin / Jette Rudolph, Berlin / Aurel Scheibler, Berlin / André Schlechtriem, New York / Thomas Schulte, Berlin / Otto Schweins, Cologne / Senda, Barcelona / Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg/Beirut / Suzy Shammah, Milan / Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf / Slewe, Amsterdam / Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow / Springer & Winckler, Berlin / Olaf Stüber, Berlin / TaiK, Helsinki / Barbara Thumm, Berlin / Tim van Laere, Antwerp / VAN HORN, Düsseldorf / veracortes, Lisbon / Susanne Vielmetter, Culver City / Nadja Vilenne, Liège / VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam / Wako, Tokyo / Ursula Walbröl, Düsseldorf / Klara Wallner, Berlin / Jan Wentrup, Berlin / Johann Widauer, Innsbruck / Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt/Main / Jan Winkelmann/Berlin, Berlin / Wohnmaschine, Berlin / Thomas Zander, Cologne / Zderzak, Krakow / Michael Zink, Munich / Zwinger, Berlin

HOUSE TRIP is the title of ART FORUM BERLIN’s special exhibition 2007, curated by Ami Barak, Artistic Director of the Art Department of the City of Paris and former director of FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon. His exhibition, featuring up to 40 artists in an exhibition space of approximately 2,000 sqm, focuses on the intimate relationship between art, architecture and design resulting from a growing artistic interest in modernism and investigates the blurring boundaries between private and public. Ami Barak: „The artists in the selection deal with questions of “home sweet home”, of living rooms as private landscapes and of architecture as desire. At the same time an interesting move takes place while something personal becomes public and vice versa.”

Participating Artists include: Adel Abdessemed / Saâdane Afif / Maja Bajevic / Mircea Cantor / Keren Cytter / Plamen Dejanoff / Marcelline Delbecq / Fabrice Gygi / Swetlana Heger / Séverine Hubard / Talia Keinan / Mark Kent / Peter Kogler / Lamarche & Ovize / / Maria Pask / Gitte Schäfer / Miri Segal / Francesco Simeti / Markus Sixay / Yorgos Sapountzis (list in formation, please consult our website for updates).

Established in 2001, the ART FORUM BERLIN Talks engage their audience twice daily in lively discussions with renowned artists, curators, collectors and scientists from across the globe. Topics this year include Europe United – The Estonian Art Scene, Tasks and Challenges of Art Criti-cism, our third Biennials panel with Adam Szymczyk, Curator 5. berlin biennial 2008, Iara Boubnova, Co-Curator 2. Moscow Biennial 2007 et. al. moderated by David Galloway. Gabriele Knapstein, Curator at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin discusses with colleague Christian Schoen, Director, Center for Icelandic Art, artist Erla Haraldsdóttir and others the characteristics of the art scenes in Reykjavik and Berlin. Doreet Harten and her panel will take a look at expanding art scenes across the Mediterranean, while Marc Spiegler explores with his panelists the knotty relationship between galleries and auction houses.

Visitors to ART FORUM BERLIN are invited to join special programs starting already in the evening of 27th of September, 2007 with the award ceremony and exhibition of the Prize of the National Gallery for Young Art with Jeanne Faust, Ceal Floyer, Damian Ortega and Tino Sehgal at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art Berlin, followed on the 28th by the Preview of ART FORUM BERLIN and on the 29th by the opening of the big Roman Signer solo show at Hamburger Bahnhof’s Rieck Halls.

Additionally, there will be many attractive exhibitions, exclusive openings, parties and special events. Amongst others will be on view: the blockbuster show 19th Century French Masterpieces from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York at the Neue Nationalgalerie and a major retrospective of Brice Marden at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art Berlin. Deutsche Guggenheim hosts Phoebe Washburn, Berlinische Galerie presents the exciting group show Neue Heimat with 20 international artists who made Berlin their new home. Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien explores the FLUXUS networks of Central and Eastern Europe while KW Institute for Contemporary Art showcases the group exhibition Ulrich curated by KW’s newly appointed curator Susanne Pfeffer. The House of World Cultures entices with the group show New York State of Mind and Stiftung Brandenburger Tor and DAAD Artists’ Program present Beyond the Wall – Berlin Freeport of the Art with former artists-in-residence.

ART FORUM BERLIN 2007 - The International Fair for Contemporary Art - will take place for the twelfth time from September 29th – October 3rd, 2007 at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, Halls 18-20. Preview on Friday, September 28th, 2007.

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The International Fair for Contemporary Art

HOUSE TRIP special exhibition 2007,
Kurator: Ami Barak
mit Adel Abdessemed, Saadane Afif, Maja Bajevic, Mircea Cantor, Keren Cytter, Plamen Dejanoff, Marcelline Delbecq, Fabrice Gygi, Swetlana Heger, Severine Hubard, Talia Keinan, Mark Kent, Peter Kogler, Florentine Lamarche & Alexandre Ovize, Maria Pask, Gitte Schäfer, Miri Segal, Francesco Simeti, Markus Sixay, Yorgos Sapountzis ...