[artinfo] ART FORUM BERLIN 2001 (fwd)

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Subject: ART FORUM BERLIN 2001

Vernissage: Tuesday, October 2, 2001
Fair Dates: October 3 through 7, 2001

The sixth ART FORUM BERLIN, the International Fair for Contemporary Art, wi=
take place as planned from the 3rd through the 7th of October at the Messe
Berlin. Preparations are now in full swing for the highly anticipated next
staging of this cutting-edge international event.

The organizers of ART FORUM BERLIN are deeply concerned and saddened by the
distressing recent attacks in the USA and our warmest sympathies go out to =
and all of those who have been personally affected by this tragedy. Followi=
many discussions, however, and in close consultation especially with
international exhibitors and other friends, a continuation of the fair as
planned has been decided upon. As well as many others, American galleries a=
collectors in particular have expressed their determination to come to Berl=
even in light of recent events, courageously demonstrating their commitment=
art and culture particularly in these difficult times.

Building upon the exciting impetus that was born of last year=92s fair, ove=
r 170
galleries from 28 countries (up from 23 in 2000) will present contemporary =
at ART FORUM BERLIN 2001 in the media of painting, photography, sculpture,
video, installation and drawing. A total of 74 German and 103 foreign galle=
will be participating, bringing the number of foreign exhibitors to an
unprecedented high.  In recent years there has been an increasing concentra=
at ART FORUM BERLIN on very new art and emerging production, a process whic=
h is
in turn accompanied by the steadily increasing involvement of international

Among those represented at the fair for the first time are the Chelouche of=
Aviv, Nina Menocal Gallery of Mexico City, La Casona of Havana, Akira Ikeda=
Nagoya, three galleries from the People=92s Republic of China, and 4 of the=
exhibitors from the USA.  Also taking part for the first time is Gallery i8
from Reykjavik and five exhibitors from Italy, including two from Milan,
Massimo de Carlo and Gio Marconi.  Other newcomers include seven from the U=
K, 3
from Austria and, from the Netherlands, Cokkie Snoe of Rotterdam and Torch =
Amsterdam. There has also been a noticeable increase in the number of Briti=
exhibitors; the United Kingdom contingent is now the largest among the
international exhibitors at the ART FORUM BERLIN 2001.

Returning to ART FORUM BERLIN after an absence are Lisson from London, Lume=
Travo from Amsterdam, Mark M=FCller and Peter Kilchmann from Zurich, David
Pestorius from Brisbane and four galleries from Hamburg: J=FCrgen Becker, A=
Crone/Andreas Osarek, Produzentengalerie and Sfeir-Semler, which will be
joining together with a newcomer, Karin G=FCnther, in a combined Hamburg st=
under the name =93Admiralit=E4tsstrasse=94.

The combined international stands, unique to Berlin, are once again an
inspiring feature of ART FORUM BERLIN and bring this year=92s number of com=
stands up to 23. Of particular note are the collaborations between Berlin
galleries and their international colleagues, including Asprey Jacques, Lon=
and griedervonputtkamer, Berlin;  Anthony Reynolds, London, and carlier I
gebauer, Berlin; Greene Naftali, New York, and Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Lisso=
London, and Thomas Schulte, Berlin and Hauser& Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich,=
Schipper & Krome, Berlin, among others.

This year the category =93Young Galleries=94 has been changed to =93Project=
As the overall focus of ART FORUM BERLIN remains solidly on emerging art,
the =93Project Spaces=94 offer an opportunity more broadly for artist-run s=
and galleries that are not yet established to present their programs in sma=
stands. With these =84Project Spaces=93 ART FORUM BERLIN also seeks to inte=
galleries and institutions from Eastern European and other weak-currency
nations more effectively within the international program.

In addition to the fresh and innovative installation of the exhibitor stand=
s at
ART FORUM BERLIN which have lent this fair such unique appeal in past years=
several performances will take place in the halls. Engaging a midget to per=
on a stage, Mexico=92s Carlos Amorales invites the public to play a meditat=
form of softball.  The Nuremberg artist Birgit Ramsauer is staging an actio=
under the title =93Aktion zur Langsamkeit: People Drawing,=94 and the Berli=
artist=92s magazine 01 No5, in which 100 international artists and curators
express their views on the subject of =93Art and Fashion,=94 will also make=
presentation incorporating a catwalk and a video installation. Also during =
fair the French curator and video artist Nathalie van Doxell will invite
visitors to take a journey around Berlin in her =93Video Tour Europe 2001=
=94 bus.
In a relaxed atmosphere, passengers will be able to view two monitors under=
title =93Nofrontierland for Nowhere,=94 featuring videos by 12 artists, inc=
Candice Breitz, Olaf Breuning, Sylvie Fleurie, Thomas Hirschhorn and Janain=

A parallel program, the ART FORUM BERLIN Talks, is composed of daily panel
discussions with a host of international guests engaging current topics
pertinent to art and culture including those such as:

=84Chinese Art Today=93
with curators Hou Hanrou, Fan Di An and Dr. Gabriele Knapstein, artist Wang
Jian Wei, and art critics Anne Maier and  Dr. Martina Koeppel-Yang

=93Europe United: The Contemporary Polish Art Scene and European Cultural P=
with Anda Rottenberg, former Director of the Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Chris=
Tannert, Director of K=FCnstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Eckhard Barthel, Cul=
and Media Representative of the Social Democratic Party, Izabela Kowalczyk,
Professor of Sociology, University of Poznan and Prof. Dr. Karl Schl=F6gel,
Professor of Eastern European History at the Europa-Universit=E4t Viadrina,
Frankfurt (Oder)

=84Culture Building: Architectural Visions for the 21st Century=93
with Frederick Fisher, Frederick Fisher and Partner Architects, Matthias
Sauerbruch, sauerbruch+hutton architects, Georg Gewers, Gewers K=FChn & K=
Architects, Alexander von Vegesack, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, And=
Rochholl, Artistic Director, Berlin Contemporary Opera, Eckhard Schneider,
Director of Kunsthaus Bregenz

=84Cities in Dialogue: Paris =96 Berlin=93
with Jer=F4me Sans, Curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Klaus Biesenb=
Artistic Director of Kunst Werke Berlin e.V. and Senior Curator at P.S.1, N=
ew York

among other panel discussions.

In addition to the Talks Program, to be held each evening in the Talks Loun=
at ART FORUM BERLIN with its conveniently located Einstein Coffee Bar and a
specially designed room installation by the artist Andreas Kopp, a number o=
other related discussions and exhibitions will be taking place in Berlin ar=
institutions during the fair week.

The ART FORUM BERLIN Talks will also be available for viewing live, via liv=
web-streaming each day at 5:30 p.m. Berlin time, and the archives of the Ta=
will also thereafter be available for viewing at the web address www.art-fo=
Video tours of the days=92 activities at the fair will further be available=
the end of each day under the same address.

With essays on the work of Marcel Broodthaers by the recently deceased Berl=
gallerist and art historian Rainer Borgmeister, one of them receiving its f=
publication in English as well as in German, the ART FORUM BERLIN catalogue=
containing a complete listing of all Galleries, Project Spaces and Editions=
, is
currently on line at the ART FORUM BERLIN web site (www.art-forum-berlin.co=
via electronic orders from the Messe Berlin (art@messe-berlin.de), and in b=
stores (ISBN: 3-7774-9280-9).

ART FORUM BERLIN has developed an extremely courageous and clear image its
first five years, attracting a multitude of art-enthusiasts, dealers,
collectors, artists, and art critics from the world over, and we anticipate=
enormously successful art fair again this season. For further information o=
ART FORUM BERLIN and other art events and programs in Berlin during the tim=
e of
the fair, please see our web site: www.art-forum-berlin.com.

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