Berlin’s museum and gallery world is constantly in flux, and perhaps now more than ever. Several large museums are closed for lengthy renovations that will last until the end of the decade, and the contemporary art scene is on the move, with artists fl eeing the rising rents in the Mitte district for atelier space in outlying districts and galleries regrouping in new cultural nodes like Potsdamer Strasse. On this page we highlight a few of Berlin’s many excellent galleries and exhibitions.
From 25 – 28 April 2019, paper positions berlin presents 131 outstanding international artistic positions in the historic atrium of the former telegraph office, today's Deutsche Telekom Hauptstadtrepräsentanz. 48 galleries from 11 countries will show the diversity of the artistic medium paper. Galleries from Germany, South Africa, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Latvia, the USA, Israel, Thailand and China are represented.
The broad spectrum of "works on paper" can be seen in drawings, paintings, collages, objects, photographs, artist books, autographs, prints and much more. The special focus of the fair promises extraordinary discoveries and rediscoveries, while the unconventional salon-like exhibition concept offers both an overview of mostly modern and contemporary art and, at the same time, a refreshing and relaxed reception.
No one can accuse Flying Steps of resting on their laurels. Hot off the heels of ‘Flying Bach’ and ‘Flying Illusion’, the Berlin-based troupe are back with their most ambitious project to date. ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is seemingly a hundred things in one, a magical amalgamation of dance, music, live performance, art, history and all the rest, highlighted by the instantly recognisable visible art of Brazilian brothers OSGEMEOS. This is an exhibition come to life, a spiritual successor to Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 work of the same name. As exciting for adults as it is invigorating for children, we can’t wait to see what Flying Steps come up with next.
The Gropius-Bau has long been a staple of Berlin’s cultural roster, and finally the museum gets to be the centre of its own attention. And Berlin Will Always Need You is the name of an exhibition with Germany’s first Museum of Decorative Arts as its theme, as a collection of Berlin-based artists showcase their work with this famous institution at the heart of it all. This is a city defined by its influential position at the very heart of contemporary art, making this one of 2019’s finest exhibitions. You have until June 16th to explore it.
At 1,3 km, this free open-air 'gallery' is the longest remaining original stretch of Wall in Berlin. The 'East Side' started out as a favourite haunt of graffiti artists in 1990 (note that the paintings are on the eastern, formerly deadly side of the Wall), and has since become a magnet for tourists as well as an important cultural landmark. Many of the original artworks have recently been re-painted by artists from all over the world. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshment along the banks of the river Spree as you explore over 100 compelling works of art.
Germany might not be the first country that springs to mind when the adjective ‘exotic’ is used, but there are plenty of corners of this magnificent country that are full of intrigue. Photo reporter Stefan Moses has long known this, and some of his finest post-World War II snaps are up for appreciation in this exhibition at the DHM. Moses was one of Germany’s great post-war photographers, and much of his quality came down to his use of a consistent technique. Moses always photographed his subjects in the open air in front of a grey cloth, which gave his work a sense of continuity and story without extra effort being required. He travelled and worked all over the world, but it is his captivating snapshots of everyday life in the Federal Republic of Germany that mark his most exotic work. English-language guided tours of the exhibition will take place every Monday at 13:00.
This museum for modern art, photography, architecture, and artist archives concentrates a century worth of creativity forged in Berlin between 1880 and 1980. Artists represent the Secession, Expressionist, Dada, New Objectivity movements, and those representing the divided city. Giants of German art include Heinrich Zille, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Hannah Höch and Wolf Vostell.
Has it really been a century? The Staatliches Bauhaus celebrates its centenary in 2019 and what better way to celebrate a century of pushing artistic boundaries than by doing more of the same? The school itself only existed for 14 years, but its legacy and influence is undeniable. That legacy and influence are to be celebrated with a plethora of events all across the country, all of which will continue the school’s proud tradition of art and craftsmanship. Head to the official website for the full schedule.
Sick of centuries of decorative design, a group of young architects under Walter Gropius started the Bauhaus movement in Weimar, believing firmly that by bringing design back to the basics would improve life. Bauhaus' top years were in the late 1920s, before Nazi politics branded it 'culturally bolshevistic'. Many members emigrated to the USA, and work continued there. The museum holds a large room with examples of Bauhaus interiors, models of buildings and a collection of original furniture. Bauhaus' influence on everyday design is immense - after a visit here, you’ll start noticing it everywhere.