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In our app you find current exhibitions, upcoming openings, picks by international curators, as well as a map which all help you to discover the best in contemporary art.

But the art world also consists of countless talks, panels, screenings, parties and other events you need to keep track of.

That's why we launched Exhibitionary Alerts. We find the very best happening in the cities and send them to your phone (for the beginning we cover Berlin and New York). You can subscribe to any one city or all of them. It’s free, it’s easy and it works on almost every smartphone.

Here is how to join:

1.Save this number +1-917-214 20 40 to your address book and name it: Exhibitionary Alerts (if the number is not saved you won't receive alerts).

2.Open WhatsApp and send us: Let's do it New York (or replace it with the city you want to receive alerts about. You can also choose: everywhere).

3.Expect to receive notifications of selected events that you wouldn’t want to miss.

4.That's it. You're all set.



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Great Art, Good Beer, and a Juicy Rivalry – DC Open in Düsseldorf & Cologne

Looking at the crowded September calendar, it appears obvious that gallery weekends have steadily gained in popularity over the past few years. That doesn’t come as a surprise: the format has proven to be among the most successful ways to attract art aficionados to a city and highlight its creative scene without the hustle and costs of a fair.

DC Open, the concept’s Rhineland variation, opens next Friday, September 8 in Düsseldorf and Cologne, historically two of Germany and Europe’s most relevant spots regarding postwar culture. We’re glad to announce that we’ve partnered with DC Open and on this occasion, we are launching Düsseldorf in our app. We will consequently provide you with some insight into the highlights taking place during these three days.

Even though their geographical closeness (a half-hour train ride brings you from one to the other) seems a convincing argument for cooperation, it is surprising to see those two towns collaborate on such an event. Indeed, Cologne and Düsseldorf have always had – and gleefully nourished – a complex and entertaining rivalry. Whose beer tastes better? Whose museums offer a more dynamic program? Where have generations of artists been able to innovate and illustrate their talent in a more stellar way? Those are only a few amongst many questions hotly debated for decades.

While different in style – Cologne is gritty, popular, and home to a population priding itself on its ability to party hard & well, while Düsseldorf has a more conservative, elegant and high-class flair – both cities have been incredibly fertile grounds for commercial art spaces to grow on. Some of them are now located in Berlin but were born in the area, the most famous of which might be transatlantic powerhouse Sprüth Magers. However, the sister towns remain filled with a wide array of galleries, including (sometimes very) young ones; during DC Open, some of those younger spaces will be hosting foreign counterparts in the frame of an initiative named Okey Dokey, bringing some additional depth to the whole enterprise.

41 galleries officially participate to DC Open, while Okey Dokey brings together nine of them. Additionally, many institutions and off-spaces are also part of the program, with countless interesting shows ranging from Egyptian Surrealism to conceptual installation. All details are available in our app Exhibitionary – check it out now for a comprehensive overview of the event including press texts, maps, and photos of the exhibitions.

 

Samson Young at Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne 
Samson Young – Furniture Music (installation view). Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, photo: Simon Vogel

At this year’s Venice Biennale, Young represented Hong Kong and was lauded for his work, which explored the odd 80-90s trend that was charity singles (if you’re older than 18, you probably remember the tune of We Are the World). “Furniture Music” is his first solo exhibition with Gisela Capitain, the Cologne gallery scene’s grande dame and one of Europe’s most respected dealers. Young’s reputation stems from his complex use of sound, which he employs as both canvas and brush for intricate reflections upon history, geography, and identity, often about his hometown of Hong Kong. While often used by artists as a mere accessory to more tangible things, sound is the key element in Young’s multimedia installations. 

Galerie Gisela Capitain, St. Apern Strasse 26, 50667 Cologne


Matthias Bitzer at Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf

Courtesy Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf

Berlin-based artist Matthias Bitzer creates works that almost seem dragged up like their ancestors. What’s meant by that is that Bitzer has a talent for using the codes of past artistic movements and repurposing them in his work to create almost timeless objects. Klee, Calder, Judd, Richter, and others come to mind when you look at his block-like wall pieces, geometric paintings, or elegant sculptures. The artist also often uses historical portraits as a starting point for canvases that mix an archival flair with geometrical experimentation.

Kadel Willborn, Birkenstrasse 3, 40233 Düsseldorf


Anthony Caro at Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf

Courtesy Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf

This exhibition could be subtitled “When Two Giants Meet.” One of the world’s most legendary sculptors is being shown in one of Germany’s most important galleries. Caro’s metal sculptures undoubtedly count amongst postwar art’s most radical experimentations, piercing and bending the space in which they stand as much as they seem pierced and bent themselves. In the exhibition at Galerie Hans Mayer, a wide range of pieces will be on view, including some the work the artist made shortly before his death in 2013. Caro was a master of materiality who never lost his curiosity for the primal aspects of object-making; in this exhibition, visitors might realize the great impact the British master has been having on the generations of artists succeeding his own.

Galerie Hans Mayer, Grabbeplatz 2, 40213 Düsseldorf


Reset III and Virtual Reality at Priska Pasquer, Cologne

Courtesy Priska Pasquer, Cologne, photo: Nathan Ishar

As rather bluntly indicated in the title, this group show aims to broadly explore the exciting yet still somehow dark possibilities virtual teality has to offer. For the fans of the authentic experience, works done with VR will be on view, but many others will try to answer questions around the creation of virtual space in the digital age through the use of more traditional media such as painting or sculpture. To delve upon such a specific yet potentially revolutionary trend is certainly a risky choice; however, the exhibition is curated by Tina Sauerländer, who runs the semi-digital and nomadic peer to space. She can without a doubt be called a specialist of this hyper-contemporary aspect of artistic production. 

Priska Pasquer, Albertusstrasse 18, 50667 Cologne


Moyra Davey at Galerie Buchholz, Cologne

Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Cologne

Titled “Empties,” the Canadian artist’s exhibition at Buchholz is the second within two months at the legendary gallery (the first one, titled “Portrait / Landscape,” took place at its Berlin outpost in August). Davey’s photographic work mostly looks at the overlooked: dust, the inside of an empty can, coins and such things. Davey’s talent lies in her ability to present what could be boring as exquisite and subtle effortlessly. She must’ve been having a busy summer: before the Berlin and Cologne show, she exhibited works in Kassel and Athens for documenta 14. Back in May, many viewers who saw her photographs there felt the riveting charm of her unconventional approach; the artist seems to ignore aesthetic hierarchies and classifications while remaining selective in the subjects she chooses to shoot. It makes it all the more exciting that we get to see (even) more of her work in a gallery known for a consistently sophisticated program.

Galerie Buchholz, Neven-DuMont-Strasse 17, 50667 Köln


Okey Dokey – Hosting Lomex (New York) and Stereo (Warsaw), Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf

Courtesy Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf

Hirsch’s gallery is still very new, but obviously, he’s been able to quickly establish himself as an important contributor to Düsseldorf’s exciting emerging gallery scene. In the frame of the previously mentioned Okey Dokey initiative, he’ll be hosting New York’s Lomex and Warsaw’s Stereo, both among the edgiest and trendiest galleries the art world has to offer currently. The group of artists exhibited is eclectic and exciting: Whether it’s Valerie Keane’s variations on verticality, Piotr Łakomy variations on gray materials or Lukas Müller’s variations on semi-illicit readymades. The show is set to present work by artists who venture beyond the immediate commercial appeal of art and in some way, have been exploring the possibilities of their practice with steadiness and intelligence.

Lucas Hirsch, Birkenstrasse 92, 40233 Düsseldorf


Generation Loss at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf

Left: Charles Atlas: Hails the New Puritan, 1985/86. Right: Wolfgang Tillmans: Heartbeat / Armpit, 2003 (installation view Generation Loss). Courtesy Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, photo: Simon Vogel

For this big, bold and beautiful exhibition, Stoschek invited artistic wunderkind Ed Atkins to select works reflecting on the fleeting nature of time-based media and the collection’s development since its inception in 2007. As a result, pieces of historical relevance by some of the video art’s most illustrious representatives (Barbara Hammer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Joan Jonas) have been savvily paired with younger, yet equally fabulous positions (Rachel Rose, Hannah Black, Jon Rafman). The intricate (and indisputably costly) exhibition architecture adds to the show’s success, allowing visitors to dive deep into a challenging medium without feeling burdened by it. And for fans of lavishly repurposed industrial complexes, the building itself is worth a visit.

Julia Stoschek Collection, Schanzenstrasse 54, 40549 Düsseldorf

 

– Karim Crippa

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25.04.2018
#Berlin
Fabulous women, neolithic children and queer dudes: Say Hi to Gallery Weekend Berlin!
We’ve reached this time of the year again: for a couple of days, the Berlin art world puts on its shiniest frock to welcome visitors to Gallery Weekend. Aside from the 47 galleries who officially participate in the main event, everyone else who contributes to making Berlin such a uniquely vibrant place for contemporary art also plans on presenting exciting positions to brighten their reputation, press portfolio or finances.

18.04.2018
#Berlin
#London
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in April
A selection of five shows you shouldn’t miss in April. Enjoy!

Barbara Hepworth | Pace Gallery | New York
Timur Si-Qin | Société | Berlin
Sylvie Fleury | Karma International | Los Angeles
Sophia Al-Maria | Project Native Informant | London
Marianne Vlaschits | Galerie Nathalie Halgand | Vienna

27.03.2018
#Düsseldorf
#London
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Zürich
Five Shows in March
Here are five shows you should check out in March.

Sam Lewitt | Miguel Abreu Gallery | New York
Gallery Share | Hannah Hoffman | Los Angeles
Elin Gonzales | Lucas Hirsch | Düsseldorf
Women Look at Women | Richard Saltoun Gallery | London
Louisa Gagliardi | Plymouth Rock | Zurich

05.03.2018
#Los Angeles
LA (Un)confidential – Exhibitionary goes West!
About a hundred years ago, movie executives discovered California’s magic sunlight, relative absence of labor regulations and pleasant ocean views: Los Angeles was picked as the location of choice to shoot pictures. Ever since, a steady stream of hopeful, driven and adventurous people has been fuelling the city of Angels, transforming it into a fertile ground for cultural initiatives. Hence, it seems only logical for Exhibitionary to chose LA as its third US and eleventh altogether location! From now on, you can check out, select, and visit the city’s most thrilling exhibitions thanks to our app.

28.02.2018
#Berlin
#Düsseldorf
#London
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in February
The top five shows not to miss in February.

James Benning | neugerriemschneider | Berlin
Adrian Buschmann | Gabriele Senn Galerie | Vienna
Mi Kafchin | Lyles & King | New York
Pizza is God | NRW Forum | Düsseldorf
Lydia Ourahmane | Chisenhale Gallery | London

24.01.2018
Five Shows in January
Our recommendations for the five shows to see in January.

Kathe Burkhart | Mary Boone Gallery | New York
Carmen Herrera | Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen | Düsseldorf
Leonor Antunes | Whitechapel Gallery | London
Group Show | Eva Presenhuber | Zürich
Fahrelnissa Zeid | Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle | Berlin

15.12.2017
#Berlin
#London
#Miami
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in December
Here are the five shows we recommended to see in December.

Evgeny Antufiev | Emalin | London
Jemima Kirke | Sargent’s Daughters | New York
Anna K.E. & Florian Meisenberg | WNTRP | Berlin
Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 | Kunsthalle Wien | Vienna
Tschabalala Self | Thierry Goldberg Gallery | Miami

04.12.2017
#Miami
Lots of glamour, lots of art and lots of fun. Here comes Art Basel Miami Beach!
The conclusion of this year's busy schedule will have Miami’s white beaches and refrigerated fair halls as a setting; but this time, the program of and surrounding the Donatella Versace of fairs seems at least as busy as the rest of the year: museum (re)openings, satellites, parties and endless Uber drives will keep the glitterati more occupied than ever.

06.11.2017
#Berlin
#London
#New York
#Vienna
#Zürich
Five Shows in November
Here’s our a selection of five shows we recommend to check out in November.

Michael E. Smith | KOW | Berlin
Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings | Arcadia Missa | London
Marguerite Humeau | Museum Haus Konstruktiv | Zurich
Louise Bonnet | Half Gallery | New York
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme | Kevin Space | Vienna

03.10.2017
#London
Frieze Week is here – with some radical feminism, emerging talents and new spaces!
This week London celebrates the 15th edition of Frieze, the capital’s prime art fair and a must-go station on the art world’s calendar. As it so often is the case with an event of such magnitude, the wave it triggers makes many others want to ride it; consequently, a myriad of great shows, openings and satellite fairs are set to take place concurrently.

22.09.2017
We've just released some amazing new features!
Now you’re able to publish your Picks and share them with others. It's easy to follow your friends and other interesting editors and see which shows they recommend.

11.09.2017
#Berlin
Knock Knock – It’s Berlin Art Week!
It’s that time of the year: Summer has violently vanished and been replaced by depressing temperatures, the semi-licit outdoor rave program is put on hold and Berlin Art Week is here again.

07.09.2017
#Berlin
Talking Art and Artsy Talks – Good to Talk
Good to Talk, a 46-hour long marathon of talks, lectures, and panel discussions, rounded off by the occasional live performance and musical intermezzo, aims to break open the sometimes crusted cocoon in which the art world unfolds and therefore produce fresh food for the minds of audience and participants alike.

26.06.2017
#Basel
#Berlin
#Cologne
#London
#New York
Five Shows in June
These are the last shows for many galleries before they take a much needed holiday. All too often they just present a group show of whatever inventory is available from their artists (that didn't sell at the fairs). We searched for exhibitions that raise well above the expected, and we’re delighted to see some galleries mounting some of their finest of the year.

Christopher Wool | Galerie Max Hetzler | Berlin
Carol Rama | New Museum | New York
Yan Xing | Kunsthalle | Basel
Tom Burr | Maureen Paley | London
Jorge Pardo | Galerie Gisela Capitain | Cologne

12.06.2017
#Basel
Basel is more than a symphony. It's an entire opera!
Everyone wants to look fresh when they step off the plane in Basel, but just as important as looking good is what you go to see and where you’re seen. One of the strongest ways for collectors, new and experienced, to show dedication and commitment is to show up in person to support new presentations of artists they acquire. In Basel, more than anywhere else, it is a non-stop meteoric shower of events and openings to attend.

09.06.2017
#Zürich
Zürich is more than just an overture. It's a symphony!
As the art world nearly fills up its dance card with Documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Münster, we must have one last waltz before Basel at Zürich’s Contemporary Art Weekend! Some say this is just an ‘overture to Art Basel,’ but we say it is so much more.

08.06.2017
#Münster
Skulptur Projekte Münster made easy
Wondering how to navigate Münster? The city transforms itself every ten years with Skulptur Projekte Münster into a mecca for the art world. We have mapped it all for you so download Exhibitionary and you don’t have to spend precious little time in this scenic city lost.

28.04.2017
#Berlin
We show you more in Berlin than just Gallery Weekend!
Gallery Weekend is an event like no other. Unlike the artificial situation in a trade fair or on the auction chopping block where meaning and context are emptied out. Collectors from all over the world come to see art in its primary public source, to buy early, for galleries to step up to the plate and for artists to give it their best. Our home turf and source of pride is Berlin and we hope here to provide a few entry points in this.

22.04.2017
#Cologne
Are you ready for the Cologne whirlwind?
The history of post-war Cologne is a history of the emergence of contemporary art itself. Today the city still is home to major collectors (among other, Reiner Speck and Benedikt Taschen) who support established and emerging galleries. Here shows of the absolute highest caliber take place. The best way to discover which works become meaningful to you over time is to go out and see them in person.

15.04.2017
#London
#Madrid
#Miami
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in April
Here we try to give a mode of entry for first time collectors but also insight for those seasoned in the art world. This is a roundup of five shows that share a depth of lasting power, they are not simply mass-market appeal even if some are very popular.

Korakrit Arunanondchai | Clearing | New York
Yu Honglei | Carl Kostyál | London
Yuri Pattison | Kevin Space | Vienna
Susan Hiller | Pérez Art Museum | Miami
Donna Huanca | Travesia Cuatro | Madrid

06.04.2017
#Athens
Athens: The unsolved mysteries of Documenta 14
Everyone has heard something about the first ever Athen’s chapter of Documenta (arguably the biggest thing happening in art right now). With only days before the inauguration, there is little clarity of what to expect, and the artist list is the biggest mystery. We provide an overview of the complicated themes and why the whole art world is talking about this quinquennial.

30.03.2017
#Bejing
#Berlin
#London
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in March
With “Five Shows” we launched a new format which consists of five – as Harald Szeemann would say – “with great enthusiasm and a bit of obsessiveness” hand-picked exhibitions we recommend to see or we would like you to read about.

Cristof Yvoré | M Woods | Beijing
Sheree Hovsepian | Higher Pictures | New York
Hal Fischer | Project Native Informant | London
Hannah Black | mumok | Vienna
Ned Vena | Société | Berlin

01.03.2017
#New York
The Armory is bolder than Frieze Week. We tell you what not to miss!
Long before it became The Armory Show, it was the highly experimental perversely satirical Gramercy International Art Fair, a playing ground for a new generation of radical artists and gallerists. It took place inside the hotel of the same name and was the meeting ground for the downtown New York art scene.

22.02.2017
#Madrid
All about ARCO and what to see in Madrid
It’s late February which means we are off to Madrid, already we have spent all month practicing Spanish. What is great about going to Madrid is being able to see artists who are underrepresented in Western Europe and the US (because they are often overlooked in the international scene).

03.01.2017
#Berlin
The Beginning of the End: A Look Ahead to 2017
We are more positive about the coming year than the title of this post might suggest, even if we do live in fraught times. We share the sentiments of Jerry Saltz who said when asked about 2017 and the future of galleries:

28.12.2016
#Berlin
#London
#Miami
#New York
The End of the Beginning: A Look Back at 2016
The end of the year gives space and time for reflection. 2016 was incredible for us. We launched our app Exhibitionary during the hot days of summer, which – now in winter – seems so far away. Within a few months, Exhibitionary grew into a global art guide with curatorial picks in major art centers around the world.

29.11.2016
#Miami
Forget the fairs! Seven things you shouldn't miss in Miami
Miami is the best place to see the diversity of Latin American art because of its proximity to the region. Many of the great private collections in Miami focus on art outside the hegemonic cannon. It is not only the rich visual arts but also the culture and food of the region that we immerse ourselves in.

25.11.2016
#Miami
Must-see guide for Art Basel Miami and the top parties you probably won't get into
As always, we are determined to find hope, sun, and LSD (love, stimulants, vitamin D) in Miami. Last year, postdiluvian floods reminded us that nature is bigger than even Gavin Brown’s beach party. This year, Zika put a cramp in Galerie Perrotin’s party and canceled Jack Shainman’s outdoor blast – but fear not, the show must go on and the parties rage on.

03.11.2016
#Turin
Top Six Shows in Turin
We are on a pilgrimage to Turin! Part of what makes the treasured art institutions in the city so exciting to see is the beautiful town that inspires them and the jaw-dropping post-Renaissance buildings they are housed in. Here are our top six shows that are must-sees.

20.10.2016
#Paris
Top ten shows to see in Paris during FIAC
There is no place like Paris; it is the right city for art. This year many galleries chose FIAC over Frieze. One major factor putting Paris back on the map is the evolution of FIAC under the Director Jennifer Flay. So here are our top 10 museum quality exhibitions to see in Paris now.

04.10.2016
#London
London Calling for Frieze Frenzy
London, one of the world’s most important art cities comes alive for Frieze, one of the world’s most important art fairs. The fair is about frenzied buying, except Londoners have a unique kind of refined connoisseurship that is anything but fanatic. Here are ten exhibitions we won’t miss in London and we hope you won’t miss either.

15.09.2016
#Berlin
Berlin Art Week for Aficionados
The art world shuts down in August, a time to cross the blurry boundary between professional (art) life into personal (art) life. We jump out of our bathing suit directly back to work in the newest fall fashion for the big openings of jam-packed September.

01.08.2016
#Berlin
Berlin's Project Space Festival Breaks the White Cube
Project Space Festival Berlin is an annual opportunity to step out of the white cube routine and experience the exciting fringes of the local scene. The strength of Project Space Festival is twofold, in its diversity and ephemerality. We’ve gone through it with a fine-comb to call out five of the finest.

26.07.2016
Gstaad my Love – A Summer Art Affair
The summer season of art is so quiet that in order to find a great show you have to make a great pilgrimage. We are heading off to Gstaad, one of the most remote art locations, for Project 1048 which is a little bit of everything, outdoor exhibition, boundary-defying collaboration and non-profit project.

07.07.2016
Liverpool on Strike for the Future
Facing the aftershocks of post-Brexit, it is urgent to go to the Liverpool Biennial. Under director Sally Tallant the Biennial takes over the city in the form of a free festival, a Midsummer night’s voyage through six episodes. Profound questions about our past, present, and future remain without easy answers in this political moment.

29.06.2016
#New York
New York Warm Up
No sleep till Brooklyn – NYC celebrates its week of summer openings. What better way to avoid the grotesque hot summer days than a pilgrimage through pristine well air-conditioned galleries in the art world’s capital?! Exactly, none.

23.06.2016
#Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf Back on the Map
In constant search of the next big celebration; we are heading for the infamous Rhineland. Historically thought of as the 80's center of the German art-world, it is now putting itself back on the map. Düsseldorf is the place to be with a new private museum, a new hip gallery, and commemorative performances!

18.06.2016
#Basel
Last Look at Art Basel
In the congested summer schedule of the touring art world, Art Basel is an event sometimes preferably ignored but never forgotten. Art Basel was overwhelming and exhausting. At times it was underwhelming, at times, it blew us away.

08.06.2016
#Zürich
Manifesta Tips
Just as the hangover is fading from (the celebrations of) the 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 11 begins. Zurich, as everyone knows, is all about the money. Christian Jankowski hit it right on the head when he chose “What People Do For Money,” as the theme this year for Manifesta.