Arguably Berlin’s best-known gallery space, Contemporary Fine Arts has been promoting idiosyncratic art from around the world since 1992. Run by Nicole Hackert and Bruno Brunnet, CFA’s programme blends the outré and fresh with big names in their airy Chipperfield-designed building near Museum Island. The diversity of the roster means that at any one time, you’re likely to see works by everyone from Berlin’s infamous Jonathan Meese to Georg Baselitz, Marc Brandenburg, the late Norbert Schwontkowski, Gert and Uwe Tobias, Daniel Richter and Katja Strunz, as well as Brits including Sarah Lucas, Peter Doig and Chris Ofili.
Let’s cut right to the chase; Berlin is one of the great art cities on this magnificent planet of ours. This has long been true for artists, but luckily for us less inspired types it is just as true for art lovers of all kinds. The German capital is full of world-class talent, many of whom find their place in the gorgeous buildings that house exhibitions and more. Love art? Then the very best art museums and galleries in Berlin are right up your street.
The entire gamut is run here. From high-end masterpieces to grimy experimental pieces, exploring Berlin’s art scene is an exercise in investigating the entirety of art history, from the past to the present and beyond. The calendar also happens to be full of thrilling events that culture vultures should plan their trip around, be it Berlin Art Week in September or late April’s Gallery Weekend. When it comes to art in Berlin, you can’t really go wrong.
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