Berlin Gallery Weekend

Cities adapt and change like fashion, often emerging in a different guise for just a matter of days. This weekend saw Berlin as the ‘art magnet’ with 54 participating galleries showing off their wares to a stylish crowd. The City was vibrant with day and night openings and life literally spilled out onto the cities pavements.

Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford invited his Directors and Trustees on a fascinating and seamless trip, exploring his own personal edit of galleries and private collections in the City. Hamburger Bahnhoff, one of the Germany’s leading contemporary art institutions was a particular highlight for me. Shown here is an edit of my favourite pieces from the weekend. I’m grateful to Paul for the opportunity and for making the weekend with his infectious energy, knowledge and wit.

As usual, I took immense pleasure from discovering the city on foot and found a wealth of inspiration in the City’s streets and civic spaces.

The shortlist

Hotel… Soho House Berlin – THE best place to stay in Berlin

Museums… Hamburger Bahnhoff and the fascinating ‘Manifesto’ installation and it's intensely moving exhibition of ‘The Dark Years’; artists and works rejected by the Nazi regime. On the same theme the Bauhaus Archive reveals the brief moment that changed the course of the history of design.

Galleries… Don’t miss Blain Southern showing Esther, Tomas Saraceno Contemporary Arts showing Chilling, The Boros Collection in a Nazi Bunker and 150 Linienstrasse showing 20C pieces and commissioned art work.

Shopping… Take in the exquisite store design and one-off jewellery at The Store @ Soho House

Dinner… Experience sublime food at Sauly Paul

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