Contemporary Fine Art Section · Top Berlin Art Galleries and Artists

We are proud to announce that 2017 Berliner Liste will host a selection of well-established and new galleries and artists for the 14th time! Our Contemporary Fine Art Section will give our featured art professionals and the public an opportunity to explore a wide range of contemporary and urban artworks, from photography and painting to large-scale multimedia installations and innovative mixed-media pieces. We hope to open the doors of the art world wide to the public and to ignite the conversation between different art specialists and our visitors. We wish to show that the arts is a fine place to be, an inspirational pool where any interested art lover can find and purchase their favorite artwork at an affordable price. Welcome to the new era of art collecting!

The largest section at the Berliner Liste will offer an extremely versatile selection of art, inspired by the city of Berlin and the international free spirit we like to nurture. Contemporary and fine art galleries will stand alongside single-artist presentations, showcasing works that could find home in great museums or renowned institutions. The phenomenal Street Art scene in Berlin is to serve as an additional inspiration for our concept, extended into another segment.

Such a mix is meant to best reflect the multicultural and creative atmosphere of the German capital, one of the most progressive cultural centers of Europe today.

Did you know: In the 70s and 80s, many artists in Berlin have created their own sanctuaries in abandoned buildings – the predecessors of contemporary art galleries

Singular Universe of Berlin Art Galleries and Artists

As a thriving international art scene, Berlin became a haven to many galleries, museums, alternative studios and art spaces. When the wall came down in 1989, the city became a creative paradise and many artists started gathering in small circles in order to build meaningful and functional structures from the previously chaotic situation.

Thanks to its rich, long and undeniably turbulent history, the city of Berlin has become a true mecca for the most diverse forms of contemporary art. From its legendary underground street art and music scene to surprisingly innovative installation projects which combine visual and audio materials, it is obvious that every single corner of this lively European metropolis is a potentially fruitful place for creativity. In the city which counts many thousands of active artists, it is basically inevitable to pose the following question – what it feels like to be an authentic Berlin artist?

In 2016, Berlin had almost 450 galleries, and over 6000 artists living, working and exhibiting in the city. Berlin inspires creative people from Germany and around the world, as they continue to flock to the capital, seeking gallery representation and their place in the arts. In more than twenty years, the arrival of artists, their representatives, and interested audience, boosted the creativity and production capital. Their diverse polarities fused with the eclectic architectural splendor Berlin possesses, and contributed to its evolution through novel artistic achievements and functional contemporary design.

In 2017, almost every of the city is adorned with a piece of street art. Every city district can boast with their own art gallery or a museum. An amalgamation of visual expressions, history and diversity of art venues in Berlin is truly mesmerizing. While some galleries are situated in stunning brick buildings dating from the late 19th century or even in the Second World War abandoned bunkers, others can be found in glass warehouses with plenty of light and beautifully clean white walls. An already famous burroughs – Mitte, Kreuzberg, Neukolln, and Schoenberg – host both shabby and popular art spaces to refined haute-art galleries, all of them are a great sign of the unique atmosphere that keeps on attracting art lovers, gallery owners, entrepreneurs, and other cultural enthusiasts.

To this day, Berlin art scene continues to flourish, and at the 14th edition of the Berliner Liste coming in September 2017, we embrace and encourage cultural richness and variety.

Did you know: Opening hours of most galleries in Berlin are adjusted to busy people over 30 years old who work, as well as students and their schedules

Creating Direct Connections Between Artists and Collectors

How can a fledgling Berlin artist start a career on his own, find a residency or begin promoting and selling precious artworks which took weeks, months or even years to complete? Art market might be one of the most manipulated international markets in the world and learning its rules, both in Berlin and elsewhere, is a long and painful process that has left many young creative souls in the state of extreme frustration. Yet, the unstoppable desire for self-expression and the mere instinct to create artworks is often stronger than the fear of financial failure.

The young Berlin artists and their fellow spirits elsewhere around the planet keep on working their way towards their dreams. They keep living in a fear yet hope for the best, immersed in this everlasting continuum of bitter worries mixed with sudden brighter strikes of creativity. However, it is important to mention that due to different economic issues in Europe and across the seas, the position of the artists residing in different continents is not quite the same. While New York has a very lively artistic environment filled with opportunities, Berlin is known for being quite dysfunctional and initially unfriendly to those living off of their creative endeavors. Despite numerous residencies that can be found around Berlin’s art scene, the real pressing issue is still to same – how to promote, showcase and sell art? Berlin is known for its great ambiance and the pressure to succeed and qualify as creative can become really intense. It is not easy for a single artist, especially a novice, to promote their work successfully and the majority need help and advice. In addition to advantages various social media channels offer today, we would advise young creatives to come and join the art world directly, by exhibiting at an art fair!

Berliner Liste offers such an opportunity for contemporary artists in need of direct exposure. An artist’s booth at our fair opens the doors of immediate communication meaning more visibility and direct connections with buyers and collectors. A number of our artist exhibitors have found representation, but also met people enthusiastic about their work in previous editions of the Berlin’s most democratic art fair.

Did you know: In 2017, there are more than 400 galleries, around 35 museums and 3 art fairs to discover in Berlin

In Contact with Exhibitors, Engaging with Visitors

The largest area of the Berliner Liste floor is traditionally reserved for the Contemporary Fine Art section. Curated by Dr. Peter Funken, this segment of the fair will put together the most interesting gallerists and art dealers along with single-artists’ booths, in a singular mix of contemporary fine art. Supporting the stylistic and creative pluralism, the our aim is to engage visitors and convert them to collectors! An abundance of different artworks, gallery backgrounds and artistic approaches is meant to stimulate the viewer and encourage them to learn more about the art and hopefully – to start an art collection! We are happy to promote the positive and open atmosphere at the fair in order to make these essential exchanges possible.

Berliner Liste has already positioned itself as a forum for emerging, contemporary art at affordable prices. Galleries offering artworks in the 500 to 7500 euro price range will be able to meet their target audiences here.

We are also excited to offer young galleries and artists in Germany the chance to exhibit publicly by providing booth prices below the market average. This one of a kind opportunity is not to be missed! Expensive booth prices are one of the main obstacles for young exhibitors and galleries wishing to show their art. This is also the main reason why Berliner Liste provides this exceptionally affordable service. Our visitors value the combination of known creators and upcoming talents and we are giving our best to organize our floor efficiently so that there is enough space for both seasoned, experienced galleries, and the new partakers in the art market. Art enthusiasts and collectors can discover a whole new realm of contemporary art at Berliner Liste 2017, purchase original pieces at affordable prices and either start or enrich their collections. Our above-average marketing budget ensures that “truffle hunters” amongst the art lovers do visit the fair and our exhibitors consistently report good sales and successful new contacts, including both visitors and collectors.

We are here for the artists to help them enter the arts in the best way and present their gallery space or personal practice. Over its long-lasting mission that started 14 years ago, the Berliner Liste has grown and evolved, allowing its participants to exhibit the most diverse creations from the sphere of arts.

Before you visit us at the Contemporary Fine Art Section of Berliner Liste, you should also discover the exciting and rich world of Berlin art galleries and museums!