GALLERY WEEKEND FESTIVAL
16–17 Sep 2023
GALLERY WEEKEND FESTIVAL will take place on the weekend of September 16th and 17th of this year’s Berlin Art Week. Hosted by Studio Mondial at the former Hotel Mondial on Kurfürstendamm, the festival offers a multifaceted program of performances, screenings, sound events, readings, and installations that will bring the lobby, the former restaurant, both hotel bars, the courtyard, and the underground parking garage to life.
The program kicks off at midday on Saturday with alternating performances and readings on the indoor and outdoor stages by Yi Ten Lai, daniel ward, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Ana Prvački, Angharad Williams, Nicholas Grafia, and Mikołaj Sobczak, as well as a conversation between Nora Turato and author Stephanie LaCava. The afternoon will feature sound performances by Leyla Yenirce with Vienna Gist, Susan Philipsz with Luca Diebold, and Theresa Patzschke and Eleni Poulou, as well as a performance and a DJ set by Maque Pereyra.
The festival recommences at noon on Sunday in front of the hotel building on Kurfürstendamm with a sound performance by DAF (Dynamische Akustische Forschung), readings by Philipp Simon and Sofia Defino Leiby, a new choral piece by the BWŁKS Choir, a text and and music-based performance by Raphaela Vogel with Juliane Liebert and Daniel Roth, followed by a extension of the film by Elisa Giardina Papa feat. the musician duendita, a sound performance by Leda Bourgogne, a reading by Karl Holmqvist, and a performance by Anna Ehrenstein with Göksu Kunak and Yara Mekawei that oscillates between text and sound. FRANKIE will bring the program to a close with a cello and vocal performance.
Films will also be shown on both days in two separate screening rooms that were formerly the hotel bars. The shorter films will run on a loop throughout the day, with contributions from Peter Wächtler, Nina Könnemann, Kandis Williams, Isabell Heimerdinger, Jordan Strafer, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Eli Cortiñas, Juliette Blightman, Penny Goring, Peter Friedl, Christopher Aque, Leyla Yenirce, Adrian Ganea, and Cornelia Schleime.
The long films will be screened once a day at fixed times. The program features films by Heike Baranowsky, Ulla von Brandenburg, Peggy Buth, Stephanie Comilang, Michael Franz, Christopher Aque, Elisa Giardina Papa, Loretta Fahrenholz, Cemile Sahin, Jenkin van Zyl, Su Yu Hsin, Britta Thie, and Friedrich Kunath.
Additionally, installations and sculptural works will be presented in both the interior and exterior spaces. Towards Ku’damm, Dan Peterman’s modular sculptures invite the public to enter the building; Raul Walch’s site-specific intervention, a textile banner stretching across the entire facade of the former hotel, draws attention to the festival from a distance while simultaneously referencing its surroundings – West Berlin’s popular shopping district with its numerous clothing stores. In the lobby, festivalgoers will encounter both of Max Paul’s Berlin Beds: in addition to their obvious modernist echoes of Mies van der Rohe, the works allude to Berlin’s ongoing obsession with demolition and construction, a phenomenon that has clearly affected the former Hotel Mondial. Jasmin Werner draws direct comparisons to the United Arab Emirates with its architecture and power structures fueled by globalization. In the hotel reception, visitors can listen to Jenna Sutela’s sound work over the telephone and view works by Laure Prouvost and Asta Gröting; a nearby textile wall work by Ulla von Brandenburg invites visitors to pause. Waiting to be discovered in the stairwell is a sound installation by Jan St. Werner that acoustically and spatially expands the exhibition venue.
On view in the entrance area are two video works by artists Taína Cruz and Petra Cortright. Four glass vitrines feature ceramic works, drawings, and installations by Ghislaine Leung, Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann, Lena Henke, and Galli. The former restaurant presents sculptural works by Nadira Husain, Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Anna Ehrenstein, Yi Ten Lai, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Lap-See Lam, and Raphaela Vogel – some of these will be activated by performances during the festival.
Artistic interventions by Fortuna Forest and Lila Steinkampf welcome visitors to the courtyard, while Monty Richthofen’s tattoo studio and an installation by Anne Duk Hee Jordan occupy the underground parking garage.
The bookstore a.p. will be on site selling publications by participating artists and other selected books. Free childcare will also be available.
Participating galleries and artists:
Guido W. Baudach, Jasmin Werner / Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Juliette Blightman / BQ, Leda Bourgogne, Raphaela Vogel with Juliane Liebert and Daniel Roth / Galerie Buchholz, Loretta Fahrenholz / Capitain Petzel, Leyla Yenirce with Vienna Gist, Mikołaj Sobczak / carlier | gebauer, Laure Prouvost, Asta Gröting / ChertLüdde, Stephanie Comilang, Pauline Curnier Jardin / Mehdi Chouakri, Isabell Heimerdinger / Contemporary Fine Arts, Ana Prvački / Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Monty Richthofen / Ebensperger, Jan St. Werner / Efremidis, daniel ward / Galerie Eigen + Art, Raul Walch / Konrad Fischer Galerie, Susan Philipsz with Luca Diebold / Galerie Lars Friedrich, Peter Wächtler, Nina Könnemann, Michael Franz / Heidi, Kandis Williams, Jordan Strafer / Galerie Max Hetzler, Friedrich Kunath / Hua International, Jenkin van Zyl / Galerie Judin, Cornelia Schleime / Klemm’s, Peggy Buth / Galerie Noah Klink, Max Paul, Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann / Klosterfelde Edition, Dan Peterman / KOW, Anna Ehrenstein with Göksu Kunak and Yara Marawei, Peter Friedl / Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Taína Cruz, Galli / alexander levy, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Su Yu Hsin / Meyer Riegger, Ulla v. Brandenburg / Galerie Molitor, BWKŁS Choir (Wojciech Kosma), Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Ghislaine Leung, Penny Goring / Galerie Neu, Karl Holmqvist / Galerie Nordenhake, Lap-See Lam / Peres Projects, Nicholas Grafia / Plan B, Adrian Ganea / PSM, Nadira Husain / Schiefe Zähne, Philipp Simon, Angharad Williams / Esther Schipper, Cemile Sahin / Société, Petra Cortright / Soy Capitán, Yi Ten Lai, Eli Cortiñas / Sprüth Magers, Nora Turato with Stephanie LaCava / Sweetwater, Sofia Defino Leiby, Christopher Aque / Tanja Wagner, Elisa Giardina Papa with duendita / Galerie Barbara Weiss, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Heike Baranowsky / Wentrup, Britta Thie / moreover: DAF (Dynamische Akustische Forschung) / Fortuna Forest / FRANKIE / Lena Henke / Theresa Patzschke und Eleni Poulou / Jenna Sutela / Maque Pereyra / Lila Steinkampf
Born in East Berlin, Sandra Teitge is a curator and cultural worker. She is part of the “Art in the Underground“ curatorial team and co-founder of the platform GOSSIP. In 2021/22 she was Head of Public Programs at CCA Berlin – Center for Contemporary Arts, where she initiated and curated numerous exhibitions as well as the concert series “Four Seasons“.
During the Festival childcare will be offered for children older than two years. Two pedagogues will look after, creatively play, and build with the children using mostly recycled materials. Limited spots will be organized directly on site – first come, first serve. Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, from 12 to 6 pm.
GALLERY WEEKEND FESTIVAL is supported by the Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises. We would also like to thank our partner BMW for their long-term support.