September is usually a busy month for the art world. Though a lot of planned exhibitions and events have been cancelled or postponed this year due to Covid-19, more and more art spaces and institutions are starting to reopen internationally, and things are happening again — both on and offline. Here’s our selection of international art events to check out in September — including openings, last chances, and one-offs.

Things may seem like they’re kicking off in full force, but remember to check and adhere to safety regulations of individual venues and events — wear a mask, keep a distance, sanitize hands, etc. Many also require pre-registration or booking a time slot in advance, so make sure to plan ahead.


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König Galerie, Messe in St. Agnes, Exhibition view, 2020.

Berlin Art Week

The ninth edition of Berlin Art Week will present a mix of new digital formats and open air events city-wide, once again bringing together many art institutions, galleries, private collections, and project spaces, as well as POSITIONS Berlin Art Fairs, König Galerie’s Messe in St. Agnes, The Project Space Award, the Berliner Festspiele/Immersion program The New Infinity, and more. Berlin Art Week will also be launching its Playlist, a live and on-demand audio and video platform, offering access to digital artist talks, performances, and more. Beginning Tuesday, September 1, online booking is open for BAW special events.

When:  September 9 – 13, 2020

Where: Various venues — see the full program, and stay tuned for our upcoming guide to BAW highlights!


An exhibition organized by the Boros Foundation in cooperation with Berghain, with the aim of reflecting on changes in the art sphere brought about by COVID-19, and providing a platform for artists in Berlin. The exhibition will present works from over 100 Berlin-based contemporary artists working in photography, sculpture, painting, video, sound, performance and installation.

When: Opens Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Where: Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin

POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair 2020

The POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair is taking place as scheduled, in partnership with Berlin Art Week and parallel to Gallery Weekend. This year, it also includes a supporting program featuring paper positions berlin, which was postponed from April, photo basel, Fashion POSITIONS, The Contemporary African Photography Prize and more special exhibitions and events.

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Positions Berlin Art Fair. © Positions Berlin Art Fair

In addition to its on-site program, POSITIONS is also developing digital formats to provide virtual access to the fair to visitors internationally.

When: September 10 – 13, 2020

Where: Tempelhof Airport Hangar 3-4, Columbiadamm 10, 10965 Berlin

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David Shrigley, Untitled (Opening Hours), 2015, Courtesy: BQ

Gallery Weekend Berlin

Now in its 16th iteration, Gallery Weekend is taking place in September this year instead of its usual spring slot. 48 Berlin galleries will open their exhibitions, featuring work by artists both young and established. Including exhibitions of Nina Canell, Isa Genzken, Alexander Kluge, Barbara Hammer, Andreas Greiner, Olafur Eliasson, and many more. The Gallery Weekend journal also features video portraits, interviews, and introductions to artists’ works.

When: September 11 – 13, 2020; Saturday, September 12, 12pm – 7pm / Sunday, September 13, 12 – 19 Uhr

Where: Various venues — see the full program, and also stay tuned for our upcoming guide to Gallery Weekend highlights!

11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Curated by María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio, the 11th Berlin Biennale began last September with a series of ‘lived experiences’ situated at ExRotaprint. Evolving as a process, the biennale culminates in an epilogue, The Crack Begins Within, which opens this week, described as an “acknowledgement of the cracks in the system, of those broken by it and their struggles”.

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The epilogue unfolds across four venues — The Antichurch, Storefront for Dissident Bodies, The Inverted Museum, and The Living Archive. 

When: Saturday September 5 – Sunday November 1, 2020

Where: Four venues throughout the city: 11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint, daadgalerie, Gropius Bau, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

Rebounder – HER Open Studio Event 

The unofficial pre-after party for Berlin Art Week – A number of artists-in-studio between the HER & BBK buildings will open their doors to visitors for the first time since COVID rocked our collective worlds. Exgirlfriend also makes its grand return with the exhibition, “Slender Axes” by Fiona Valentine Thomann, featuring works by Constance Tenvik & Melika Shafahi. Also featuring music, performances, vegan tacos, and a studio takeover with artists invited by ARTCONNECT. Make sure to RSVP!

When: September 13, 2020, 5pm – 10pm

Where: HER & BBK studio building Lankwitzerstrasse 14, 12107 Berlin

Down to Earth. Climate, Art and Discourse, Unplugged

Taking Bruno Latour’s eponymous essay as a starting point, the art, live work and discourse project “Down to Earth” examines a system in which our own actions are continually combined with the influences of many other agencies: “the Earth with its thousand folds”.

The two-week unplugged program “Down to Earth” brings together artists and experts in sustainability and the practices of grounding, working with visual art, live work, talks, workshops, music and spontaneous interventions on other forms of being – in the Latourian sense – worldly and grounded.

When: Runs until September 13, 2020

Where: Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, 10963 Berlin

Read our interview with Anne Duk Hee Jordan about her installation “Into the Wild” in the frame of “Down to Earth”.

Hito Steyerl, How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File, 2013; HD video, single screen in architectural environment; 15 minutes, 52 seconds; Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl; Image courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin

Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive

The first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the filmmaker, moving image artist, writer, and innovator of the documentary, Hito Steyerl — known for her reflections on the current social role of art and institutions, as well as the impact of advanced technologies, like artificial intelligence, on society. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf and Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris organized this retrospective of the Berlin-based artist.

When: September 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Where: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21, Ständehausstraße 1, 40217 Düsseldorf


Manifesta 13 Marseille

Manifesta 13 has gradually begun to open this past weekend, and this edition of the European nomadic biennial is the first ever to be held in France. Its program is divided into three parts: Traits d’union.s, the central biennial program, Le Tiers Programme, an initiative of Manifesta’s Education and Mediation department, and Les Parallèles du Sud, collateral projects and events. Its venues are being opened in four stages, and entrance to each opening moment is free (limited capacity).

When: Next opening moments are taking place on September 11 & 25, and October 9. All venues will be open through November 29, 2020, Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm.

Where: Various venues throughout Marseille — check out the full program for details.

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⁣하자즈의 <My Rockstars> 연작은 그가 십 년이 넘는 세월 동안 마라케시, 런던, 파리 그리고 두바이의 거리에서 팝업 사진 스튜디오를 열며 만난 사람들을 촬영한 기록 사진 연작입니다. 이 연작의 일부인 <Poetic Pilgrimage Stylin’>은 무네라 라시다와 수키나 압들 누르로 구성된 여성 힙합 듀오이자 구어(spoken word) 듀오입니다. 힙합, 재즈, 월드 뮤직, 일렉트릭 소울 등에 대한 애정이 얽힌 음악을 만들며 활발히 활동하고 있는 Poetic Pilgrimage는 이슬람 종교로 인해 영국 내에서 타자가 되는 경험을 하게 됩니다. 이들은 여성들의 인권, 자유, 사랑, 평화에 대해 이야기하면서 리듬을 통해 그들이 보는 세상을 표현합니다.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Hajjaj’s “My Rockstars” photography series records the people he met over more than a decade while staging pop-up photo studios on the streets of Marrakesh, London, Paris, and Dubai. Part of this series, "Poetic Pilgrimage Stylin’” is a female hip-hop and spoken word duo consisting of Muneera Rashida and Sukina Abdul Noorin. Poetic Pilgrimage, who are active in making music with a love for hip hop, jazz, world music, and electronic soul, have an experience of being “othered” in England due to their Islamic religion. They talk about women’s rights, freedom, love, and peace and express the world they see through rhythm.⠀⠀ -⠀⠀ Poetic Pilgrimage Stylin', 2014/1435, lambda print with wood painted white frame, 106 x 141 x 5 cm, Ed. 1/5⠀ -⠀⠀ @hassanhajjaj_larache #하산하자즈 #ATasteOfThingsToCome #다가올것들에대한취향 #바라캇컨템포러리 #현대미술 #전시 #8월전시 #삼청동 #hassanhajjaj #barakatcontemporary #contemporaryart #exhibition #art

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Hassan Hajjaj: A Taste of Things to Come

A Taste of Things to Come, a solo exhibition of Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj, features portrait photographs, as well as the video work My Rockstars Experimental II, sculptures and installations — combining vibrant colors and rhythmic patterns of North Africa, references to popular culture and commercial objects found in Morocco. Hajjaj’s diverse practice is frequently associated with Pop Art and is influenced by his North African heritage and Black alternative cultures in the UK, drawing on themes of multicultural identity and hybridity.

When: Runs until Sunday, September 27, 2020, open by appointment

Where: Barakat Contemporary, 58-4, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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Curated by gallery festival in Vienna is presenting its 12th iteration this month, titled “Hybrids”. This year’s festival features 24 galleries across Vienna, with exhibitions by an international roster of curators, including Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sarah Lucas and Kris Lemsalu, and more. Guided tours are organized every Friday and Saturday for the duration of the festival and are free to join. 

When: Opening September 5 – 6, 2020 Sat 11am – 7pm / Sun 12pm – 5pm; Runs from September 8 – 26, 2020, Tue. – Sat., 12pm – 6pm

Where: Various galleries in Vienna, Austria — check out the full program for details.

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Hannah Catherine Jones’ immersive video installation at Carriageworks is an atmospheric blending and traversing of cosmic scenes to actions of freedom, colonial histories to possible futuristic visions and popular culture. The installation invites us to rest in an immersive visual experience where time passes at varying paces as attempts are made to bend the way popularist ideologies are often ignorant to alternative experiences of the world. You can now experience the 22nd Biennale of Sydney at Carriageworks until 26 September. Find out more and plan your trip via the link in our bio! ➡️ • Images: Hannah Catherine Jones, Owed to Diaspora(s), 2020. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Carriageworks. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from the British Council Australia. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Zan Wimberley (@zanwimberley). #NIRIN2020 #NIRIN #BiennaleofSydney #Biennale #Sydney #Carriageworks #HannahCatherineJones #SeeSydney #WhatsOnSydney

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22nd Biennale of Sydney

The extended Sydney Biennale is gradually drawing to a close this month, offering a last chance to check out its 2020 iteration, titled NIRIN – a Wiradjuri word meaning “edge” – curated by the Indigenous artist Brook Andrew. Working to challenge the Eurocentric art world, NIRIN is described by Andrew as “a platform where diverse and often marginalized voices of the world converge and discuss issues that resonate today.” It’s also possible to explore the artworks, take virtual tours of venues and listen to the NIRIN podcast online.

When: Runs until September 6, 2020 at Cockatoo Island and the Museum of Contemporary Art; until September 26, at Carriageworks; until September 27 at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artspace; and until October 11 at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Where: Six venues in Sydney, Australia — check the full program for details.

Cao Fei: Blueprints

This solo exhibition of Beijing-based multi-media artist and filmmaker Cao Fei features new and existing works, brought together in an immersive, site-specific installation, exploring themes such as automation, virtuality, and urban transformation. The exhibition is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Joseph Constable. 

Cao Fei, Nova, 2019, Video, 109’. Courtesy the artist, Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers

Originally meant to close in May, the exhibition has reopened and is extended. It has also been adapted in response to Covid-19 safety regulations: an augmented reality version has been developed for the work The Eternal Wave, which can be downloaded and experienced through visitors’ smartphones. 

When: Through September 13, 2020, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Where: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, United Kingdom

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#MuseInquiete │ #BiennaleArchivio "Muse inquiete quelle dei sei Settori della Biennale di Venezia, muse che hanno navigato per oltre un secolo col piglio dell'esploratore inesausto ma sempre teso alla scoperta di mondi sconosciuti. Destini febbrili che si intrecciano nel tempo e nello spazio disegnando storie di immaginazione nuova, spesso controversa ma sempre rivolta alla ricerca di una dimensione vera. E la verità nell'arte è la testimonianza più genuina della coscienza individuale e collettiva che si incontrano e si incrociano nell'unicità dell'esperienza sensibile." #IvanFedele 📷 "La Lady Macbeth di Minsk", Dmitrievič Šostakovič, #BiennaleMusica1947. Bozzetto di scena: Renato Guttuso Scopri di più sulla mostra "Le muse inquiete. #LaBiennaleDiVenezia di fronte alla storia" (Padiglione Centrale, 29.08 > 8.12) e acquista il biglietto esclusivamente online → - link in bio . . "The six Departments of La Biennale di Venezia are truly anxious muses; muses which, for over a century, have navigated with the attitude of a tireless explorer who is always poised to discover unknown worlds. Feverish destinies which interweave with time and space, drawing newly imaginative stories that are often controversial but always dedicated to the search for a real dimension. And truth in art is the most genuine testimony of individual and collective awareness, which meet and overlap in the singularity of the perceptible experience." #IvanFedele 📷 "Lady Macbeth of Minsk", Dmitrievič Šostakovič, #BiennaleMusica1947. Sketch: Renato Guttuso Find out more about the exhibition "The Disquieted Muses. When #LaBiennaleDiVenezia Meets History" (Central Pavilion, 29.08 > 8.12) and buy your ticket online only → - link in bio

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The Disquieted Muses. When La Biennale Meets History

This exhibition by the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts – ASAC just opened over weekend in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini della Biennale. Curated by the artistic directors of the Biennale’s six departments (Art, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre), the exhibition is an archival group show marking the 125th anniversary of the Venice Biennale. Drawing on the local and international archives, the exhibition looks at intersections between the Biennale and major historical events of the 20th century.

When: Runs until December 8, 2020

Where: Central Pavilion of the Giardini della Biennale, Sestiere Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

MoMA PS1 reopens its doors this month, with the exhibition “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration” organized by guest curator Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, following the release of her new book of the same title. The exhibition features the work of more than 35 artists, including art made by people in prisons and work by non-incarcerated artists concerned with state repression, erasure, and imprisonment.

Tameca Cole, Locked in a Dark Calm, 2016. Collage and graphite on paper. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Collection Ellen Driscoll.

Reflecting on the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in US prisons, updates have also been made to include new works made in response to the current emergency. Timed tickets will be available from September 10.

When: September 17, 2020 – April 4, 2021

Where: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, NY, US

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