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In its eighth edition, the PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR will be expanding its dynamic profile: In Hangar2 of Berlin's former Tempelhof Airport, established galleries will now show their promising artistic positions alongside international newcomers. For the first time ever, there will also be solo walls, with a focus continuing to be placed on emerging artists. This survey allows the PREVIEW BERLIN to reflect what makes the Berlin art landscape so unique from an international perspective, allowing the latest trends to be visualised.

From 13 to 16 September, 57 international galleries, 11 project spaces and 8 art academies from 14 countries will take part in the PREVIEW BERLIN. In spacious white-cube stands, in project areas and on about two dozen solo walls in Hangar2, ambitious positions from Germany, Europe and beyond will be presented. As a plug-in, the format FOCUS ACADEMY will be held with an expanded scope, offering space for graduates of art academies and universities.

In addition, the VIDEO PREVIEW SCREENING offers selected artists the opportunity to present their video works to an urban audience at the Sony Center Berlin.

Berlin Art Week This year, the PREVIEW BERLIN will be held for the first time within the framework of the newly launched Berlin Art Week (11–16 September 2012), uniting under one umbrella the exhibition format abc – art berlin contemporary as well as the most important institutions of contemporary art in Berlin (National Gallery, Society of Friends of the National Gallery, KW, Berlinische Galerie, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein [n.b.k.], Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst [NGBK] e.V., c/o Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Akademie der Künste). With the Berlin Art Week, participants' profiles will be sharpened, synergies created and energies pooled to strengthen confidence in Berlin as an art location.

The exhibitors This year's exhibitors offer outstanding insights into the international art world, from Australia to Japan. More than half of all exhibitors will be participating in the PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR for the first time.

We would like to draw particular attention to the gallery LEM-Art from Colombia and Terreno Baldio Arte from Mexico. From Turkey we will welcome Daire and Riff Art Projects.

We are pleased that participants from Eastern Europe will also be represented this year. In addition to Maksla XO from Riga, which will exhibit a larger-than-life fluorescent sculpture, the Warsaw-based Program Art Gallery and Starter Gallery, as well as Nasui private collection & gallery from Bucharest, will present their latest artistic positions. As part of the art fair's supporting programme, a discussion on the topic "The Soft Power of the Art Market" will take place under the direction of Nasui. The artist group fame will crash the ASPN Gallery booth with a VW Golf 1. will hijack an art collection, smuggling a remote touchscreen terminal into it.

The participating artists come from over 20 nationalities. One-third come from Germany and about one-third live and work in Berlin.

AUSTRALIA: Michael Reid, Sydney. COLUMBIA: Lem-Art, Medellín. FRANCE: Ilka Bree, Paris. Guillaume Krick, Nantes. Vincenz Sala, Paris. xpo gallery, Paris. GERMANY: Akademie für Malerei Berlin, Berlin. Die Asporas, Berlin. ASPN Galerie, Leipzig. L'Atelier, Berlin. Galerie Baer, Dresden. Burg Giebichenstein - Hochschule für Kunst und Design Halle, Halle/Saale. Galerie Deschler, Berlin. Galerie Robert Drees, Hanover. EAGL Gallery, Berlin. Eigenheim, Weimar. Gloria Berlin, Berlin. Grimmuseum, Berlin. Jörg Heitsch Galerie, Munich. Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop, Hamburg. Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach. Galerie Hunchentoot, Berlin. Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin. Junge Kunst Berlin, Berlin. Kai Dikhas, Berlin. Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin. Kleindienst, Leipzig. Galerie Kuhn & Partner, Berlin. Kunsthaus Erfurt, Erfurt. Kunsthochschule Kassel, Kassel. LÄKEMÄKER, Berlin. LEE Galerie Berlin, Berlin. Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt/Main. loop - raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin. lorch+seidel, Berlin. Loris, Berlin. LSD Galerie, Berlin. Galerie LUX Berlin, Berlin. marke.6 Ausstellungsraum der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Weimar. m2a Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden. maerz contemporary, Berlin. Manière noire, Berlin. Medienwerkstatt bbk Berlin, Berlin. Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin. mianki, Berlin. Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel., Berlin. NGBK, Berlin. oqbo I raum für bild wort ton, Berlin., Nuremberg. Rosendahl, Thöne & Westphal, Berlin. Schmalfuß, Berlin. Scotty Enterprises e.V., Berlin. Semjon Contemporary, Berlin. SMUDAJESCHECK, Ulm. Galerie Tammen und Partner, Berlin. Universität der Künste, Berlin. Umtrieb-Galerie für aktuelle Kunst, Kiel. Galerie Villa Köppe, Berlin. Wendt+Friedmann, Berlin. weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, Berlin. Zweigstelle, Berlin. JAPAN: Frantic Gallery, Tokyo. LATVIA: Maksla XO Gallery, Riga. MEXICO: Terreno Baldio Arte, Mexico. POLAND: Program Art Gallery, Warsaw. Starter Gallery, Warsaw. PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN: Art Felicia, Mauren. ROMANIA: Nasui private collection & gallery, Bucharest. SPAIN: 3 Punts Galería, Barcelona. N2 Galería, Barcelona. SWITZERLAND: balzerARTprojects, Basel. Widmer+Theodoridis, Zurich. THE NETHERLANDS: Galerie Bart, Amsterdam. TURKEY: Daire Gallery, Istanbul. Riff Art Projects, Istanbul.

FOCUS ACADEMY With the FOCUS ACADEMY, the PREVIEW BERLIN has been turning to art universities since 2009 in a new format. In 2012, the graduates of eight German art academies will participate. The intention is to offer these artists the opportunity to show their work to a large art community at the moment of transition from university studies to artistic independence, allowing them to gain initial experience on the art market. In addition to the Bauhaus University Weimar, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Kiel and the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, all of which were already represented at the art fair last year, Burg Giebichenstein Halle, the Art University Kassel, the Berlin University of the Arts, the HfG Offenbach and the Berlin Weißensee School of Art will participate in the 2012 FOCUS ACADEMY.

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The Emerging Art Fair 2012