The second volume of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors came out last week and is now available in bookstores worldwide. Besides 49 additional private art collections, the new volume of the Art Guide also includes numerous new Shorties. The Shorties are short texts written by our authors concerning all facets of art collecting. Also included are seven Shorties focused on metropolises of art, which we will be posting here on the blog as well. In honor of Berlin Art Week, the first Shorty we have chosen will tell you everything about the German capital.

“Everyone is drawn to Berlin: the art student from Frankfurt or New York; the gallerist from the Rhineland who wants to open a capital-city branch; the foreign collector who can still find affordable rooms with provisional charm for his private showroom. A bustling and broadly branched international art scene gathers in Berlin. They meet at openings in the galleries of Berlin-Mitte, Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, and Wedding. The current focal point is the area around Potsdamer Strasse, but in a few years, the caravan will surely move on. Institutional contemporary art exhibitions can be found at the Kunst-Werke Berlin (KW), on Auguststrasse, and at the Hamburger Bahnhof. The Martin-Gropius-Bau always offers exciting exhibitions, especially of classical photography. And whoever drives a bit further south of the city center will find the Haus am Waldsee, in Zehlendorf, which offers exciting exhibitions of international artists living in Berlin. Since 1998, the Berlin Biennale has been enriching contemporary discourse with new artistic positions. But one need not wait two years; new ideas can always be found. Almost every evening, art enthusiasts can participate in intellectually stimulating events like artist talks, performances, or video screenings. Well-stocked art bookstores, such as Pro qm, or the cool newspaper shop Do You Read Me?, both in the city center, or Motto, in the Kreuzberg district, all invite visitors to linger for hours. And the art market? Since 2004, Gallery Weekend, which takes place the last weekend in April, attracts hundreds of international collectors to the city. Via VIP shuttle or bike, visitors can hit about fifty galleries. And at the start of the new art season, in September, there’s the Art Berlin Contemporary (ABC), which is the nontraditional successor to the Art Forum Berlin, which concluded in 2011. All in all, there are a thousand good reasons to keep coming back to Berlin.”

The journalist couple Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas have been writing freelance art journalism and art criticism since 1997 for a variety of national and international art magazines and newspapers.

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