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Art Fairs and Art Events in Germany

From Berlin Bienniale, and documenta, to the "Long Night of the Museums"

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Round-up of some of the most important art fairs and art events in Germany, including Biennials and fine art fairs; whether you want to discover up-and-coming artists from Berlin or are interested in exhibits from some of the world’s most renowned galleries, here are the best international art fairs and festivals held in Germany.

1. Art Cologne

Art Cologne, Germany's leading art fair, was established in 1967 as the "Kölner Kunstmarkt" and is proud to be the oldest art fair of its kind in the world. Every spring, more than 180 major galleries from 20 countries exhibit modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, installation, video art, and photography in the Exhibition Center of Cologne. When you are visiting Art Cologne, you should also make sure to explore Cologne's world-class museums and galleries, which host special exhibitions during the time of the art fair.

2. dOCUMENTA

Every 5 years, the art world meets in the German city of Kassel to celebrate the dOCUMENTA; regarded as one of the most important art exhibitions in the world, the dOCUMENTA is dedicated to the latest trends in modern and contemporary art. The “museums of 100 days” showcases over 150 artists from 55 countries, who present everything from paintings, and photographs, to film, performance art, and literature. Main venue of the festival is the Fridericianum museum, but the dOCUMENTA will be celebrated throughout the whole city of Kassel; other venues include the Neue Galerie, documenta Halle, Orangerie, Karlsaue Park, central train station, and more.

3. Berlin Bienniale

The Berlin Bienniale, organized every 2 years in the German capital, ranks as one of the most important events in the art world. Established in 1998, the festival is dedicated to promote cutting-edge contemporary art by a new generation of international artists and to bring together numerous artistic and political positions. The headquarter of the festival is the Kunstwerke gallery in Berlin Mitte, but you’ll find many exhibits spread throughout the city’s many galleries and museums.

4. Long Night of Museums

Ever dreamed about spending the night at a museum? Your dream will come true, during the “Lange Nacht der Museen” – many German cities organize the “Long Night of Museums”; galleries, museums, and cultural institutions stay open past midnight and offer special exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, concerts, and film screenings. With only one ticket you can enjoy as much art as you like, and the different venues are connected with free shuttle buses. The Long Night of Museums takes place in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg , Frankfurt and Duesseldorf, Cologne, and Stuttgart, among other German cities.

5. Gallery Weekend Berlin

Some of 50 of Berlin’s most influential galleries open their doors to present contemporary art during the three-day long Gallery Weekend; every spring, art lovers, design fans, and curators can explore Berlin’s creative scene through numerous openings, guided tours, parties, and special events. It’s a great way to get introduced to the many Berlin galleries, large and small, in all corners of the German capital.

6. Transmediale

Although the Berlin International Film and its star-studded red carpet gets most of the attention every February, the transmediale, an international festival for contemporary art, electronic music, and digital culture is not be missed if you interested in multimedia art. Organized in January or February, the annual transmediale presents cutting-edge performances, video screenings, concerts, exhibitions, parties, and panel discussions about the role of digital technology in our society. Held in the futuristic building of the House of World Cultures.
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