Preview Berlin - The Emerging Art Fair Brings Art to the Historic Tempelhof Airport
Berlin - SEP 08, 2011
Following the turbulent developments of Berlin’s art fair landscape in 2011, and even in its proverbial “perilous” seventh year, Preview Berlin – The Emerging Art Fair is looking forward to an internationally oriented group of exhibitors that follow the “emerging” principle, promising an exciting art fair for all those seeking new discoveries in the contemporary art scene.

From September 9th through 11th, an upcoming generation of galleries and project spaces from 15 nations will present the most ambitious positions of their programmes in Hangar2 of the former Tempelhof Airport. In addition to the 61 exhibitor concepts, the runway has been cleared for two new projects this year. With 'Video Art Box' by Fresh Paint and 'Focus Academy', the focus of the exhibition discourse has been placed squarely on the interface between art production and the art market. 'Video Art Box' by Fresh Paint presents contemporary video art from Israel and marks the beginning of a partnership between Preview Berlina and Fresh Paint Tel Aviv – two art fairs that have dedicated themselves to emerging art. The programme presents video art that has never been shown in Germany before, and provides insights into a wide-ranging and internationally acclaimed Israeli video art scene with its characteristic evocative and low budget works. In a panel discussion between the directors of the Preview Berlin and Fresh Paint, the potential for cooperation between the two art fairs, the similarities and differences of the event concepts and their effects on each local art scene will be debated. With 'Focus Academy', Preview Berlin is turning toward art academies and their students in a new format.

Developed from the enhancement of Preview Berlin’s art fair concept, 'Focus Academy' centres directly on students at the moment of their transition from training to artistic independence, leading to a platform for a new generation of young and promising artists who present their work for the first time to a broad public. In 2011, this concept, which pushes the new artistic generation to the next level – in line with Preview Berlin's profile as an interface between artists and the art market – will be expanded for the first time to include several universities. In its next editions, Preview Berlin will develop a platform in which the art university students and exhibition spaces will be able to compare their state of production, education and mediation with that of other art academies.

This platform will also enable them to make new contacts or refresh existing co-operations. Preview Berlin 2011 includes work by students of the Bauhaus University in Weimar, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Preview Berlin – The Emerging Art Fair is the Berlin fair platform for a new generation of national and international galleries and project spaces. Inclusion in the fair is based on the decision of the management, which is supported in this process by the recommendations of a broad network of gallery owners, curators and art specialists. Exhibiting galleries will be attending from all over Europe. Preview Berlin is organised by the Berlin-based gallerists Kristian Jarmuschek (Jarmuschek + Partner) and Rüdiger Lange (loop – raum für aktuelle kunst), as well as the artist Ralf Schmitt. Since 2007, the art fair, established in 2005, has been held in the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport, where the historical hangars are characterised by a generously-sized room layout. For the fifth edition in 2009, the fair moved into the singular main hall of Tempelhof Airport.

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