BERLIN2000, a multi-media exhibition featuring approximately 60 works of art by 37 artists.
BERLIN2000, organized by PaceWildenstein Director Birte Kleemann, focuses on two generations of artists working in Berlin at the time of the Wall's collapse in 1989. The exhibition highlights the artists' work as it reached international influence in the year 2000. Central to BERLIN2000's premise are the various themes employed by and shared among the artists on view, including their tendency to organize and promote their own exhibitions and to collaborate on collectives. In addition, the social networks, underground nightlife scene and alternative exhibition spaces they established will be considered as the key context around which they galvanized.
In addition to John Bock, Gregor Hildebrandt, Alicja Kwade, and Daniel Pflumm, BERLIN2000 includes work by the following artists: Dirk Bell, Monica Bonvicini, André Butzer, Björn Dahlem, Martin Eder, Sebastian Hammwöhner, Thilo Heinzmann, Thomas Helbig, Uwe Henneken, Sofia Hultén, Dani Jakob, Klaus Jörres, Lisa Junghanß, Johannes Kahrs, Halina Kliem, Erwin Kneihsl, Andreas Koch, Karsten Konrad, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Frank Nitsche, Manfred Pernice, Gunter Reski, Anselm Reyle, Jenny Rosemeyer, Thomas Scheibitz, Peter Stauss, Katja Strunz, Wawrzyniec Tokarski, Gabriel Vormstein, Suse Weber, Tilman Wendland, Thomas Zipp, and STARSHIP magazine.
After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the years leading up to the 21st century were characterized by radical social, political, and economic growth. For the first time in over twenty-five years, this newly reunited city was experiencing a cultural renaissance, inspired in part by an influx of foreigners and international artists-Damien Hirst, Tacita Dean and Mark Wallinger were awarded DAAD fellowships in Berlin and Elmgreen & Dragset and Candice Breitz arrived and never left-as well as a wave of local artists who took up permanent residence in the squatted or low-rent buildings on the outskirts of town. This new generation of Eastern and Western German artists is credited with creating the hip urban social scene now characteristic of Berlin. However, at the time, the illegal clubs, bars and alternative exhibition spaces, like the infamous Koch+Kesslau, Maschenmode und Dirt, Init, Montparnasse, Finks, Glaspavillion, Glaskasten, Kunst+Technik, Panasonic, and Mysliwska were underground, word-of-mouth meeting places established by artists such as Dirk Bell, Anselm Reyle and Thilo Heinzmann, who initiated opportunities for themselves, their friends and emerging artists to display their art work and stage live performances.