August 30 – September 8, 2019
Action week for Berlin Art Week 2019
Foto: Nihad Nino Pušija
Over the last six years, KGB-Kunstwoche has become an established and popular part of Berlin’s autumn art program. The municipal galleries are diverse, creative locations. With their keen grasp of social issues and professional curatorial practices, they play an important role in promoting and bringing visibility to artists in the capital city.
This year, a number of exhibitions focus on women in art to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, including “KLASSE DAMEN!” in Schloss Biesdorf, and “vier x drei: Bauhaus” in projektraum alte feuerwache. In other shows, a variety of current social themes are examined – questions about change, for example, and the longing for simplicity and nature.
The city-wide art festival is complemented by a varied event program:
Three guided KGB Bus Tours on September 1 offer visitors a fun, comfortable way to view selected exhibitions in a number of districts and gain a deeper insight into each gallery’s program priorities.
Another highlight is the KGB Thematic Evening, “Kultur in nervösen Zeiten” (Culture in Uncertain Times) on September 4 at the alte feuerwache – studiobühne und projektraum. This year’s focus is on DIE VIELEN group: artists and active members of the cultural scene who have joined forces in local and national networks to work for freedom of art and diversity in society. Participants discuss the question of how art and culture can address racism and the erosion of democracy.
Our now-legendary concert night, KGB Sounds – Artists’ Band Night, presents four exciting bands live on stage at Ballhaus Berlin on September 7. As always, the artists featured are as active in the music scene as they are in the visual arts: The SchnickSchnack, Kinky Muppet, Schrottplatz der Gefühle, Der Plan and DJ Marlene Stark.
Berlin’s municipal galleries occupy a total of 10,000 m² of exhibition space and present up to 200 shows per year with around 1200 artists. Full details of KGB Art Week 2019 as well as individual municipal galleries are available at www.kgberlin.net.
Admission is free to all events
KGB Bus Tours
Sunday, September 1,2019, 2 – 7:00 p.m.
Three bus tours cover several districts, stopping at either five or six galleries. The tours start in front of Franziskaner Klosterkirche ruins (Klosterstr. 73a, 10179 Berlin) at 2:00 p.m. and end with a get together at Schloss Biesdorf in Marzahn-Hellersdorf around five hours later. Registration by August 26, 2019 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KGB Thematic Evening
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Culture in Uncertain Times “Kultur in nervösen Zeiten” – An Evening with DIE VIELEN
Moritz Frei, artist, Berlin
Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, director, Kunsthaus Dresden
Mathies Rau, dramaturge, Piccolo Theater Cottbus
Gerhild Steinbuch, Professor of language arts, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Stephan Trüby, Professor of architectural and cultural theory, University of Stuttgart
Stéphane Bauer, Nadia Pilchowski, Raul Walch
alte feuerwache – studiobühne und projektraum,
Marchlewskistr. 6, 10243 Berlin, U5 Weberwiese
KGB Sounds – Artists’ Band Night
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Bands: The SchnickSchnack, Kinky Muppet, Schrottplatz der Gefühle, Der Plan
DJ: Marlene Stark
Ballhaus Berlin, Chausseestr. 102, 10115 Berlin, U6 Naturkundemuseum
Organiser Arbeitskreis Kommunale Galerien Berlin
Project team Lena Habermann, Christian Hamm, Theres Laux, Natalia Raaben
With kind support from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Municipal Galleries Exhibition Fund
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