independent curator 


Valeska Hageney

Valeska was born 1979 in Rome, Italy and moved to Berlin in 1999. She holds an MA in Art History, Italian Philology and Modern History. Valeska is passionate about contemporary art and architecture and likes to stroll and rummage around flea markets. As soon as there is a sunny weekend, you will probably find her cycling somewhere on the outskirts of Berlin.

my preferred spot for a morning coffee

My balcony.

my favourite cultural institutions

Oranienburger Str. 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte

Located in Berlin, London and Los Angeles, Sprüth Magers is one of the world's leading contemporary art galleries. In 2008 the gallery established its flagship space in a former dancehall in Berlin Mitte – not far from the city’s Museum Island.

Alexandrinenstr. 118-121
10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg

The gallery is located in a monumental former church built in the 1960s in the Brutalist style. The exhibitions take place in two different spaces, the former chapel and nave. The renovations were realized by architect Arno Brandlhuber. 

Reinhardtstrasse 20
10117 Berlin-Mitte

The private collection with 3000 sqm exhibition space is housed in a former bunker built in 1942. After the Second World War the bunker served as a Red Army prison, then as a warehouse for fruit from Cuba and then, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as a techno club.

here’s where I buy my books

Friedrichstrasse 90
10117 Berlin-Mitte

Not really fancy, but Berlin's largest bookstore. In addition to the massive and amazing selection of books, Dussmann offers a wide range of CDs and DVDs, too. You can easily spend your entire day on the comfy couches looking through all books.

an additional local shop I support

Rosenthaler Str. 39
10178 Berlin-Mitte

If you have an interest in street art, then the Haus Schwarzenberg courtyard and it’s Neurotitan are a must see. Neurotitan is a gallery, bookshop, comic and record store in one. The gallery supports artists ranging between experiment, subculture and established. The bookshop offers prints and other self-published items next to graphic novels and books about art, street art and design.

this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends

Torstrasse 68
10119 Berlin-Mitte

A very nice and cosy vesper bar in a rustic atmosphere which serves Franco-German food and wine specialities. The cold platters with some great regional products are just amazing: tasty cheese and sausages combined with stone baked fresh sour crust bread, good butter, sweet-sour mustard and fine pickles.


Kollwitzstraße 87
10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Best Burger in Berlin! All burgers are made of truly wild boar trapped in Germany’s woods. Hirsch & Eber uses regional products only and all ingredients are organic, the buns are handmade and all french fries, sauces and dips are homemade. Try the fries with thymine and sea salt - the ultimate culinary experience.

here I dine when there’s something to celebrate

Potsdamer Strasse 91
10785 Berlin

Nice atmosphere and beautifully designed restaurant. The Panama serves creative and unique high quality food. The small dishes are divided into sections - raw, leaves and flowers / grains and vegetables / meat and fish / desserts. The service is excellent and the menu a true culinary adventure.

my favourite pizza spot

Görlitzer Strasse 63
10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

no website (phone +49 (0)30 629 010 09)

I grew up with the owners, we all went to the same school in Rome. They are serving authentic Italian dishes. Excellent food takes its time - you need to be patient. An evening at De' Noantri feels like being back home in Rome.

my bar of choice

Brunnenstrasse 11
10119 Berlin-Mitte

My favorite aperitivo bar in Berlin. You can order classics like Aperol Spritz, Negroni, or prosecco alongside an extensive wine list. Drinks are served in authentic Italian tradition with a platter of delicious Italian snacks.

additional things not to be missed

Tempelhofer Damm
12101 Berlin-Tempelhof

Not every story about Berlin and its airports ends as happily as the one about the former Tempelhof airport does. After the airport closed in 2008, the city of Berlin reclaimed the 380-hectare open space and turned it into a public park. Today, the area has a 6 kilometer cycling, skating and jogging trail and an enormous picnic, BBQ and dog area.

Brunnenstrasse 105
13355 Berlin-Wedding

Berlin ist not really a beautiful city, but a city with a lot of history to tell. This subterranean museum offers guided tours, exploring Berlin's hidden network of tunnels and shelters and its underground history, such as WWII bunkers and subway tunnels or escape tunnels between East and West Berlin.

the next person I’d like to read about on creative traveller

Charlotte Høyem, fashion designer in Oslo.

Valeska Hageney, Berlin

Valeska has worked for several years for various galleries in Berlin and was managing director at a private collection in Berlin. Furthermore she works as an independent curator and author.

In 2011 Valeska founded the non-commercial exhibition space REH Kunst in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. What made this project unique was the fact that it combined art with the distinctive physical set-up of a hall extension (RaumErweiterungsHalle). The space united art, mobile architecture and GDR nostalgia. In 2016 Valeska was co-curator of the project space Centrum in Berlin-Neukölln.

Together with Silvia Volz she curated the exhibition „Paperworlds. Childhood Drawings by Contemporary Artists“ including works by Norbert Bisky, John Bock, Jonathan Meese, Michael Sailstorfer, Rosemarie Trockel or Thomas Zipp. The exhibitions was shown at the me Collectors Room Berlin and at the Buchheim Museum near Munich.

Visit website

1) Installation view, The Dynamic Sublime Device, REH Kunst, Berlin 2012
2) Installation view, I kill you before I leave, Reh Kunst, Berlin 2013
3) This Red Door hosted by REH Kunst, Berlin 2014
4) Installation view, PAPERWORLDS, me Collectors Room Berlin, 2014; photo: Jonas Wilisch
5) Installation view, Triangularities, Centrum Berlin, 2016; photo: Merve Terzi
6) Installation view, New Adventures in Vexillology 3, Kunstverein Amrum, 2017; photo: Sandra Hermannsen

added january 2018
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