Located at Sophienstraße 21 in Berlin’s Mitte district (Germany), Raum is a public laboratory, a library and an archive. It is an off-site, work-in-progress exhibition space for producing Aperto paper, which focuses on research in 20th and 21st century contemporary culture and serves as a platform for dialogues between East and West, and exploring processes and methods. Raum’s exhibition program will be launched in September 2017. The topics explored in Aperto Raum will take shape in performances, screenings, and conceptual brunches.
The Aperto Masters Reading Room is a bridge to Aperto Raum in Berlin and a place for researching contemporary art that houses an original collection of books, posters, films, records, etc. The collection was compiled in collaboration with the members of Aperto’s advisory board: artists, curators, museum directors, critics, and collectors united by the idea of generating and supporting cultural dialogue and educational initiatives. A part of the Aperto Masters Reading Room’s collection was formerly the library of Manifesta 10, the biennale of European contemporary art that took place at the State Hermitage Museum in 2014. As part of its research work, the Aperto Masters Reading Room will be organising public readings, conversations, and archival exhibitions.
The Aperto Masters Reading Room is open and free to all visitors.