The thirteenth ART FORUM BERLIN - The International Fair for Contemporary Art - will take place at the Berlin Exhibi-tion Grounds from 31 October to 03 November 2008. Organized by Messe Berlin GmbH in cooperation with its international Galler-ies’ Advisory Board, ART FORUM BERLIN has established itself as one of the most innovative world-class showcase for contemporary art.
Early in the autumn season, over 120 galleries from more than 25 countries showcase the works of established artists and newcomers in Berlin under ideal exhibiting conditions. The spacious, historically protected exhibition halls 18-20 offer galleries selected by an international jury an opportunity to present a high-impact show. In its compact, precise overall presentation, ART FORUM BERLIN is a unique place for information and interaction – an ideal venue for selling and positioning contemporary art.
The event features works of art ranging from paintings, sculptures and installations, to video and photography, works on paper, editions and multimedia. Collectors, trade visitors and art lovers from around the world will find an overview of the latest trends in Berlin. In 2006, ART FORUM BERLIN attracted 44,000 art enthusiasts, more than 1,800 journalists, renowned collectors, museum directors and curators from Germany and other countries.
For the past five years, ART FORUM BERLIN has featured a special curated exhibition. This year, Hans-Jürgen Hafner will focus on the meaning and assessment of artworks in the conflict between the art market and exhibitions with his show "Difference, what difference?" The objects on display will be selected from the works submitted by the applicants.
Along with its stringent program concept, ART FORUM BERLIN offers exhibitors and visitors perfect conditions for experiencing contemporary art. The spacious exhibition halls with 15m ceilings and natural lighting along with the Palais am Funkturm built in the 1950s provide an ideal setting for the experimental display stands and lounge designs typically found at ART FORUM BERLIN. Rest areas, cafés, restaurants, a library and talk lounge, a forum for discussions, performances and receptions create a highly-concentrated and relaxed atmosphere that lends itself to the pure enjoyment of art.
Twice each day, the ART FORUM BERLIN TALKS offer visitors an opportunity to take part in discussions with distinguished international guest speakers focusing on the current issues relating to contemporary art and cultural policies.
Each year during ART FORUM BERLIN, Berlin's exhibition halls present an excellent, diversified program. Joint projects with the city's theatres and galleries enhance the spectrum of artistic productions and transform Berlin into a unique art Mecca.
Experience Berlin, the capital of contemporary art in Europe!
We look forward to seeing you!