The 2016 edition of the Berliner Liste is coming to its end and as the Kraftwerk is getting emptier, we have walked around the fair once again, talking to the exhibitors to share a part of their experience. The overall impression is that Berlin can be difficult for the art business, since people here interact in a different way. Berliner Liste, as an independent art fair, has also another approach to showing art, with its curated sections and a very large portion dedicated to individual artist booths. The diversity of the showcased art and the vast space of the venue can get a tad overwhelming to an art collectors, but our impression is that the visitors enjoyed their tours around the show.
In the Gallery Section, an overall impression is that the Berliner Liste is the place to make contacts and realize future project, rather than make hard sales. The success story of the fair might be the Pine Wood Fine Art with a secret big project down the line, while other galleries have made good connections as well.
In the Urban Art Section, both the Open Walls Gallery and the Urban Spree have made sales, but the visibility and the emerging in this type of an art fair in Berlin have remained the focus.
The success of the Artist Section title would go to the Australian sculptor Martin George, whose first visit to Berlin and the Berliner Liste resulted in sales of three pieces and a newly agreed relationship with an art dealer. We will definitely keep an eye on what this prolific artist will do next! Works by Kaja el Attar have proved themselves a popular find, while Sandra van der Meulen might have found a suitable gallery representative.
From the Photography Section, sales were achieved by Petula Girndt, Adam Goodison and Juergen Bartenschlager from our list of favorites, but the general feeling is that the photography section was among the strongest parts of the art fair.
Finally, we must admit that curating such a diverse and vast art show is most definitely a challenging task. The number of exhibitors dictates this diversity, but this is proving to be a good thing for young collectors and also young gallerists, as the Berliner Liste might be just the place to find a suitable artistic collaboration. As for the sales, the experience of the Berliner Liste has shown that if the quality and execution of the piece are at a satisfactory level, sales is bound to happen, or at least a connection which will result in fruitful collaboration afterwards.