Art Berlin Contemporary Art Fair

One of the reasons I wanted to go to Berlin was to visit Art Berlin Contemporary, held annually at the end of September. The art fair is well known in the art world, and even made Artnet‘s list of top European contemporary art fairs. It usually coincides with Berlin’s Gallery Weekend, where galleries stay open late, giving you endless opportunities to see some German art! The fair is held south west of Berlin’s city center in a former train station: with tall brick walls, steel beams lining the ceiling, and industrial accents throughout. While the art itself is unlike what you’ll find at blue-chip fairs like Art Basel or Frieze, it does have the quirky charm that so much of the Berlin art scene is endearingly known for…

Art Berlin Contemporary Guide


The skies were a bit grey and weather was chilly as I walked towards the entrance on a late September afternoon.

Art Berlin Contemporary Entrance

Galerie Tobias Naehring

The line was out the door and incredibly long, so I got to enjoy this dandy work by Wilhelm Klotzek of a cigarette-man sculpture carrying a shopping bag as I waited.

Art Berlin Contemporary Wilhelm Klotzek

Magician Space Gallery

A work by Ai Wei Wei acted as a sort of center-piece to the fair. The Beijing-based gallery exhibited this work composed of hundreds of metal spikes on the ground. Seems a little dangerous, and I hope no one fell on it!

Art Berlin Contemporary Ai Wei Wei


You certainly won’t find ping-pong tables at Frieze or Art Basel, but at Art Berlin, the vibe is much more relaxed and hip.

Art Berlin Contemporary Ping Pong Tables

Art Berlin Contemporary

Check the fair’s website for 2016 dates!

Art Berlin Contemporary
Station Berlin
Luckenwalder Str. 4-6
10963 Berlin, Germany

September 28, 2015

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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