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BERLIN, 25 September 2000
- From 27 September to 1 October 2000, approximately 160 galleries from 23 countries will participate in the international contemporary art fair, art forum Berlin 2000. Formerly presented in the Ring unter dem Funkturm, this year's art fair is housed in the larger and brighter 5 meter-high halls 21-23 at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Established in 1996, art forum berlin is part of the recently created .kunstherbst Berlin. The two-month autumn art season in the German capital begins in early September and features an extensive range of art events and international exhibitions.

German galleries represent 37% of art forum berlin 2000's total number: a quarter of the galleries are based in Berlin and 27% will be showing at art forum berlin for the first time.

Galleries from the United States and Canada have increased to 25 (10 will be presented as "Young Galleries"). Thirteen galleries from Scandinavia and three Finnish galleries will present work and five new Russian galleries (bringing the Russian total to seven) as well as three Portuguese galleries will exhibit at the fair for the first time.

The Federal State of Berlin has agreed to purchase DM100,000 worth of artwork shown at the fair for the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and for the Copper Etchings Collection, Berlin. Funding for the purchased artworks will be made available by the cultural department of the German State Lottery Foundation.

Related events and exhibitions

Parallel to art form berlin 2000, the following exhibitions will be on view:

Lawrence Weiner's one-man exhibition "After All" at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin (15 July - 8 October 2000)

Exhibition of works from the four short-listed candidates for the new DM100,000 award (funded by the German State Lottery) "National Gallery Prize for Young Art," at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art (29 September - 6 December 2000)

Exhibition : "Contemporary Photographic Art of Australia" at the Neuen Berliner Kunstverein (9 September - 22 October 2000)

Exhibition: "Come in and find out vol. 4" at Podewil (16 September - 31 October 2000)

Group exhibition: "Cross Female: Female Metaphors in the Art of the 1990s" at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien ( 30 September - 29 October 2000)

Exhibition by Willie Doherty at the daad-Galerie (22 September - 29 October 2000)

On 29 September, the travelling exhibition, "After the Wall: Art from the 1990s: From Berlin to Baku, from Tallinn to Tirana," promoted by the Brandenburger Tor Foundation of the Bankgesellschaft Berlin, opens at the Max Liebermann Haus on Pariser Platz and in the National Gallery at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (through 4 February 2001).

As the title suggests, this show is devoted to art after the fall of the Wall. Some 140 artists from Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union have been invited to show their work. Divided into four sections, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, film and installation work made during the last decade and examines themes such as national identity, religion, race, consumerism, poverty, alienation and gender.

The Berliner Festspiele millennium project, the futuristic exhibition "Seven Hills: Pictures and Drawings of the 21st Century," will be on view at the Martin-Gropius-Bau through 29 October 2000.

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