From September 9th to 17th, Berlin will witness an artistic spectacle as approximately 25,000 aficionados gather for the fourth edition of the highly acclaimed Hallen art festival.
Nurtured by Necessity
Emerging in 2020 as a response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, Hallen was conceived as a lifeline for Berlin’s struggling galleries. Its popularity has soared since, becoming a beacon of resilience and creative expression.
The Allure of Wilhelm Hallen
The enchanting backdrop for this event is the iconic Wilhelm Hallen, formerly known as Winkelhof. This historic iron foundry has undergone a remarkable transformation into a hub of diversity, featuring exhibition spaces, galleries, studios for visual artists and photographers, as well as dynamic workspaces for fashion designers. Nestled near the Wilhelmsruh S-Bahn station in the city’s northern precinct, the venue’s unique character further adds to the festival’s allure.
A Collage of Hallen Art Galleries
This edition of Hallen will bring together nineteen galleries, including esteemed names like Esther Schipper, Sies + Höke, and Galerie Thomas Schulte. The event will unfold across an expansive 9,000 square meters, a testament to the diversity and depth of the artistry on display.
Solf emphasizes that the focus of the festival is to transcend convention, dispel preconceived notions, and emphasize elements like ‘large installations, sculptures, and inflatables’—art that captivates and transcends boundaries.
Masterpieces Unveiled: A Showcase of Excellence
Among the treasures awaiting visitors is Nik Nowak’s “The Sound of the Multitude,” a monumental sculpture fashioned from a shipping container, ingeniously transformed into a massive speaker system. The fusion of visual and auditory creativity within this masterpiece is poising to resonate deeply with attendees.
Curatorial Ingenuity: Exploring Art-Fashion Symbiosis
Curators Claire Koron Elat and Shelly Reich, the creative forces behind angels.sc3, present “No Angels.” This exhibition merges the realms of fine art and fashion, spotlighting artists like Anna Uddenberg, Karl Holmqvist, and the enigmatic Martin Margiela.
Hallen Engaging Displays and Shared Aspirations
Modern art museum Berlinische Galerie will contribute a series of captivating films, while Hallen residents Club Kokomo and Wolfgang Flad will unveil their studios, inviting visitors to witness their artistic process firsthand.
The festival also boasts noteworthy collections, including Art Collection Telekom, featuring over seventy artists from eastern and southeastern Europe; the non-profit Art’Us Collectors Collective; and the distinguished HK-Art Collection.
Berlin Art Week: A Journey Beyond Boundaries
Hallen 4 proudly aligns with Berlin Art Week, a five-day extravaganza from September 13th to 17th, 2023. This partnership promises an immersive fusion of artistic exploration and cultural enrichment, inviting attendees to experience the vibrant convergence of art and culture.
Seize the Opportunity: Securing Your Passport to Creativity
One-day tickets for Hallen 4 are now available, offering access to this exceptional cultural event. Priced at €10 for adults and €7 for students and job seekers, these tickets can be conveniently obtained in advance through online booking (with a nominal additional charge), providing a gateway to a world of inspiration and creative discovery.