Art Book Festival: “Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin”: 20 to 21 September 2019

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Celebrating its sixth year, Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin 2019 features more than 200 international artists and art publishers and their art and art books, accompanied by public programmes including lectures, book presentations, panel discussions, performances and art installations that explore the range of contemporary artistic publishing.

Opening: 20 September, 6 – 8h / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin / Free entry

Art Installations and Performances 

The 2019 edition will host a series of curated temporary Art Installations including Alias (MX), Tamami Iinuma (FR/JP), Kathrin Köster (DE), Marlena Kudlicka (PO), Rudolf Samohejl (CZ), Mathilde ter Heijne (NL) , among others. For the second year running, Friends with Books will present a newly commissioned Children’s Art Installation – this year by artist Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), Iceland’s representative at the 57th Venice Biennale, in parallel with a children’s workshop and daily activities. Performances will include the artist collective Black Palm (DE) and artists Mette Edvardsen (NO), Jeroen Peeters (BE) and Lara Salmon (US).

Public Programmes

The yearly Public Programmes series will feature lectures, conversations, panel discussions and performances presented in partnership with Argobooks: Birgit Rieger and Claudia Wahjudi; Artphilein Editions: Caio Reisewitz and Daniela Labra; Tamami Iinuma and Thibaut de Ruyter; Black Palm: Sonja Cvitkovic, Verena Dengler, Marine Drouan, Anke Dyes, and Megan Francis Sullivan; Verlag der Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung: Micha Bonk, Ulrike Boskamp, Joerg Franzbecker, Annette Hans, and Sebastian Stein; Marlena Kudlicka and Agnieszka Gratza; EECLECTIC: Chiara Capodici, Erik Göngrich, Janine Sack; The Invisible Archive (in collaboration with Goodbye Books): Yon Natalie Mik, Lara Salmon, and Micaela Terk; Hatje Cantz: Nanne Meyer and Lena Kiessler; Fiona Geuss; neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbk): Florian Wüst; Varamo Press: Mette Edvardsen and Jeroen Peeters, among others.


This year’s Friends with Books Blog interview will welcome artist Elisabeth Tonnard in conversation with art critic Agnieszka Gratza.

Artist Poster Edition

The annual Friends with Books Artist Poster Edition will feature a new poster edition by Anne Schwalbe in an edition of 200 – 25 of which will be signed and priced at 50 € to help support Friends with Books.

Friends with Books

Friends with Books is co-organised annually by co-founders Vanessa Adler, Argobooks, Berlin and curator Savannah Gorton. A non-profit organisation, Friends with Books offers greater visibility to contemporary artists' books and art publications, including an annual art book fair, public programming, and partnerships with art organisations and institutions, facilitating the engagement of diverse audiences with the book works of artists and publishers worldwide. 

Friends with Books is generously supported in part by Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.