Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Celebrating its fifth year, Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin features 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. 

This year’s series of curated temporary Installations by artists include Achim Lengerer (DE), Ingo Mittelstaedt (DE), The Paper Channel (IL), Christoph Ruckhäberle (DE), Abigail Reynolds (UK), and Julie Sass (DK), among others. For the first time at Friends with Books, there is a newly commissioned Children’s Area Installation by artists Zora Mann (UK) and Øyvind Renberg (NO) with a children’s artist book-making workshop by Les Trois Ourses (FR). Performances include artists Andrea Brandão (PT), Discoteca Flaming Star (DE), Jerôme Karsenti (CH), and Morten Søndergaard (DK).

The Public Programmes series features lectures, performances, conversations, and panel discussions presented in partnership with Camera Austria: Heidi Specker and Reinhard Braun; Hatje Cantz: Slavs and Tatars; Hatje Cantz: Abigail Reynolds and Dr. Martin Maischberger; IF Publications: Moritz Küng, Heimo Zobernig and Ariadna Serrahima; Archive Books and Scriptings: Achim Lengerer and Romy Rüegger; Florian Dombois; August Verlag: Eva Wilson and Katja Müller-Helle; possible books and Dokument Press: Brad Downey and Lukas Feireiss; Steinprint: Julie Sass; Drucken Heften Laden (DHL): Janine Sack; Revolver Publishing:Bettina Allamoda and Dominikus Müller; nGbk: Beata Hock and Andrej Mirčev; Broken Dimanche Press: Lise Harlev; and others.

This year’s Friends with Books Blog interviews feature Chiara Figone, Archive Books and Andreas Koch, von hundert.

The annual Friends with Books Artist Poster Edition features a new poster edition by Heimo Zobernig in an edition of 200; additionally, 25 of each edition are signed and numbered at a price of 50 € to help support 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 by Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

Opening: 19 October, 6 – 8h / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin (Rieckhallen) / Free entry