The abc GWB Veranstaltungs UG is an association of Berlin gallerists with a common interest in promoting Berlin as an art market and bringing its protagonists together. The association organises Gallery Weekend in the beginning of May and abc art berlin contemporary in September. Responsibility for the association is with the board of Berlin gallerists supported by the Honorary Advisory Board. Participation is by invitation.
Gallery Weekend Berlin was founded in 2005 and takes place at the beginning of May every year. There are now around fifty participating Berlin galleries. abc, the galleries exhibition, was founded in 2008 and takes place annually in mid-September. abc brings together a number of individual positions in contemporary art, presented by national and international galleries.
Guido Baudach, Mehdi Chouakri, Jochen Meyer, Alexander Schröder, Nadine Zeidler
Honorary Advisory Board
Monika Branicka, Tim Neuger, Claes Nordenhake, Esther Schipper
At the start, 2008 saw 75 galleries invited to Station to present works on the theme of sculpture, installation, and projected images. The following year, under the title def – Drafts Establishing Future, a presentation of models for art in public space was presented in the Akademie der Kunste in the Tiergarten. In 2010, abc chose the Marshall-Haus on Messegelände as a venue. Titled light camera action, complex questions were asked concerning the filmic in contemporary art, along with the interrelated aspect of the performative. In 2011, abc returned to Station and presented about painting, with around 120 artist positions on contemporary painting — as well as installations, works on paper, videos, photography, and sculptures that exhibited a contextual interest in this classic medium. 2012 saw galleries being called for the first time to present their own positions. Additionally, a guest institution, Artists Space from New York, organized a Bazaar, two interventions, and a sequence of lectures. Again in 2013, 120 international galleries presented solo presentations of positions in contemporary art; 20 further international project spaces staged 2 hour-long exhibitions each in the entrance space. In September 2014, the individual presentations at abc were complemented by a four-day program consisting of performances, musical contributions, talks and exhibitions in the Berlin galleries. abc 2015 displayed a new look: the architect Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge designed an exhibition architecture that framed the presentation of the artistic positions in a clear configuration while enabling open lines of sight. As a special highlight, an exhibition of works from Berlin collections was on display.
abc organisation
Potsdamer Str 93
10785 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 700 38 771
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General Manager
Christiane Rhein
Maike Cruse
Project Manager
Carlotta Rösner
Jan Dietrich
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