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Highlights 2020 | Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

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At the end of October 2019, the National Museums in Berlin will publish an outlook on the highlights of the extensive special exhibition programme that await us in the coming year 2020. “2020 will once again be an exciting and diverse exhibition year for the National Museums in Berlin,” says General Director Michael Eissenhauer. “From Raffael to Katharina Grosse, from the Germanic tribes to Pop Art, from late Gothic to GDR design, the spectrum of next year’s special exhibition programme ranges. Our visitors can look forward to big names and new discoveries, to large-scale presentations and concentrated cabinet exhibitions, to well-known positions and surprising perspectives. Once again, the National Museums in Berlin impressively underscore their status as a universal museum, whose 15 collections can generate from their art and cultural treasures an almost infinite variety of themes from up to 400,000 years of human history that is unparalleled internationally. I would like to thank all my colleagues in our collections and institutions for their great commitment and thank our international and national partners and sponsors without whose support such a rich program would not be possible. Last but not least, I wish our visitors an inspiring, happy and healthy year 2020”.

Please note that additions and changes are still possible in the program.

Kulturforum, Kupferstichkabinett Raffael in Berlin.
Masterpieces from the Kupferstichkabinett

February 28th – June 1st 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung des Kupferstichkabinetts – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the National Museums in Berlin are dedicating two special exhibitions to the most important artist of the Italian Renaissance. Parallel to the exhibition “Raffael in Berlin. The Madonnas of the Gemäldegalerie”, the Kupferstichkabinett shows the artist’s small but significant group of drawings from his own collection. These rarely shown works demonstrate Raphael’s outstanding creative range – complemented by works by his teacher Perugino and his most important students and collaborators Gianfrancesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Perino del Vaga as well as his copper engraver Marcantonio Raimondi.

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Raffael in Berlin. Meisterwerke aus dem Kupferstichkabinett, 28.2.–1.6.2020 Kupferstichkabinett: Raffael, Pluto, 1517/1518, Rötel über schwarzem Stift, weiß gehöht, gegriffelt, auf Papier
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Volker-H. Schneider

Museumsinsel Berlin, Neues Museum
Momentaufnahmen. Nubien um 1900

March 6th – August 30th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung des Ägyptischen Museums und Papyrussammlung – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Nubia – a lost cultural landscape, the Orient and a scientific expedition around the turn of the century: In March and April 1900, the Egyptologists Georg Steindorff, Ludwig Borchardt and Heinrich Schäfer, together with the classical archaeologist Hermann Thiersch and the diplomat Curt von Grünau, undertook a journey into the area between the First and Second Nile Cataracts. One of the destinations was the pharaonic border fortresses of the Middle Kingdom. After the photographic documentation of this Nubian journey had long been considered lost, an unlabelled collection of around 300 photos was recovered in 2015 when the Egyptian Museum’s photo archive was inspected and processed. After intensive research, this unlabelled collection could be clearly assigned to the historical Nubian journey and will now be presented to the public for the first time as part of the exhibition.

Kulturforum, Kunstbibliothek
Marken: Zeichen. Das Grafische Atelier Stankowski + Duschek (Arbeitstitel)

March 13th – June 28th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Logo, signage system, corporate identity – what today is a natural part of every company’s image was still in its infancy in the middle of the 20th century. Stankowski + Duschek, a Stuttgart-based graphic design studio, was a pioneer in its development and for more than three decades was one of the leading communication design firms in Germany. Famous trademarks and appearances have emerged from the partnership since 1972, including for Deutsche Bank, Viessmann and Messe Frankfurt. The constructive aesthetics of the sign systems reveal the environment of concrete art in which Anton Stankowski (1906-1998) and Karl Duschek (1947-2011) moved simultaneously. In the exhibition, around 300 designs and printed matter from the Kunstbibliothek’s holdings enter into dialogue with works of art. For the first time, an overview of the extensive oeuvre of the Stankowski + Duschek.

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Marken: Zeichen. Das Grafische Atelier Stankowski + Duschek, 13.3.–28.6.2020 Kunstbibliothek: Stankowski + Duschek, Das Logo der Deutschen Bank als Op Art, Lamellenobjekt für Schaufenster
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Magical Soup. Medienkunstwerke aus der Sammlung der Nationalgalerie, der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection und Leihgaben

April 2nd – August 16th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The group exhibition “Magical Soup” explores social, political, spatial, physical and imaginary boundaries. Music and sounds are a common starting point for the media artworks, installations and paper works, which range from the 1970s to the immediate present. Works by media art pioneers such as Nam June Paik, Jochen Gerz, Charlemagne Palestine, Ulrike Rosenbach and Keiichi Tanaami will be on show, as well as multimedia artists such as Nevin Aladag, Stan Douglas and Cyprien Gaillard, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Anne Imhof, Pipilotti Rist, Diana Tha-ter, Lawrence Weiner, Nicole Wermers or David Zink Yi as well as contemporary positions by Korakrit Arunanondchai, Trisha Baga, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Christine Sun Kim, Sandra Mujinga and Sung Tieu.

Kulturforum, Sonderausstellungshalle
Pop on Paper. Von Warhol bis Lichtenstein

April 3rd – July 26th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung des Kupferstichkabinetts – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The Kupferstichkabinett possesses an outstanding collection of prints from the 1960s – with a special focus on Pop Art works. The various facets of Pop Art, especially American Pop Art, whose most important medium of worldwide distribution was screen printing, will be presented in the spotlight. This allowed the artists to translate the colorful consumer world with motifs from advertising, newspapers or comic strips into colorful, often striking images. Around 100 works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, Allen Jones, Richard Hamilton and others bear witness to this, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Indiana, Sigmar Polke, R. B. Kitaj, Maria Lassnig and Ulrike Ottinger. Selected loans from the poster and design sector complement the presentation.

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Pop on Paper. Von Warhol bis Lichtenstein, 3.4.–26.7.2020, Sonderausstellungshalle Kulturforum Kupferstichkabinett: Andy Warhol, Marilyn, 1967, Farbsiebdruck aus dem 10teiligen Portfolio
© 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Jörg P. Anders

Museum für Fotografie
Wolfgang Schulz und die Fotoszene um 1980 (AT)

April 4th – July 19th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin und des Museums für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg

Around 1980, photography gained a new status in the art world. New photographic approaches were tried out, museums began to take an interest in the medium, and the first photo galleries were founded. The starting point for the exhibition on this exciting period of upheaval is the magazine “Fotografie. Zeitschrift internationaler Fotokunst”, which appeared between 1977 and 1985 and was edited by Wolfgang Schulz. Schulz tried to evade fixed norms and pursued different styles and subjects both as an editor of the magazine and as a photographer.

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Wolfgang Schulz und die Fotoszene um 1980, 4.4.–19.7.2020, Museum für Fotografie: Verena von Gagern, Barbara, 1978
© Verena von Gagern

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Katharina Grosse. It wasn’t us

April 24th – October 4th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Katharina Grosse (*1961, Freiburg i. Br.) occupies a central position in contemporary art with her spectacular site-specific paintings, which she creates with a spray gun and strong-colored acrylic paints. Her expansive works can be experienced as pulsating, three-dimensional pictorial worlds that include walls, ceilings, and floors and can also occupy objects in space. In this painting, everything becomes the image carrier and is captured by a vibrating energy of color that disturbs our usual image of reality and opens up spaces of possibility that have not yet been conceived. Large walk-in images emerge in interior and exterior spaces and reflect the way we deal with institutional and urban spaces. In spring 2020, the artist will use the historical hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof as well as parts of the outdoor area for a new painting with sculptural elements, which will reflect the existing order of the museum space. will be radically destabilized and renegotiated.

Schloss Köpenick, Kunstgewerbemuseum
Flora, Fauna, Fabelwesen. Malerei auf Keramik im Epochendialog

May – October 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung des Kunstgewerbemuseums – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The summer exhibition 2020 in Köpenick Castle is dedicated to painting on ceramics. Majolics are used and faiences from Renaissance and Baroque with contemporary works relating to the is set. Grita Götze and Sonngard Marcks, who studied with Heidi Manthey, are more proficient than most in faience and engobed painting. All three Artists distinguish themselves in their works through fantasy, motivic imagination and expressiveness. In dialogue with the historical ceramics, a microcosm of plants, insects, animals, and Fabulous creatures. The exhibition, which comprises around 80 exhibits, is geared towards the historical rooms in the baroque castle Köpenick, so that visitors inside and outside the castle can embark on a voyage of discovery through time.

Museumsinsel Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie
Todessehnsucht und Dekadenz. Der belgische Symbolismus

May 15th – September 13th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit den Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

The lustful look into the abyss, the exaggerated aestheticism of a supersaturated society that at the same time believed itself to be in crisis, the morbid appeal between Thanatos and Eros – these are themes in art that found their expression at the end of the 19th century, especially in Belgian symbolism. Against the development of the surface stimulus of naturalism and impressionism, a new art movement emerged in the 1880s, characterised by sensuality, profound significance and irrationality. The specificity of Belgian symbolism is a preference for morbid and decadent motifs. The large-scale special exhibition presents the spectrum of previously little-known Belgian positions such as Fernand Khnopff, Léon Spilliaert, Félicien Rops, James Ensor and Jean Delville. Works by Gustave Moreau, Max Klinger, Arnold Böcklin, Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt form the reference for Belgium as a hub of European symbolism.

Museumsinsel Berlin, Bode-Museum
Bode-Museum: Geschichten (AT)

from mid-May 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, des Münzkabinetts und des Zentralarchivs – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

How does a collection become a museum? The façade of the Bode Museum is one of Berlin’s iconic images, but although the exterior of the museum is very familiar to both Berliners and tourists, its content and history are unknown to many. Sculptures, Byzantine art, paintings and coins from around 2,000 years of human history can be discovered here, but the peculiarities and backgrounds of the collections often remain hidden. As part of the special exhibition spanning the entire building, the Bode Museum critically questions how it became what it is today. Its exciting history of collections and architecture, which is closely linked to the history of Berlin, is also integrated. as well as its employees and visitors.

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Michael Schmidt – Retrospektive. Fotografien 1965-2014

May 21st – October 25th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit der Stiftung für Fotografie und Medienkunst mit dem Archiv Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt (1945-2014) occupies a unique position in contemporary German photography. Born in Berlin, he found his way to photography as an artistic means of expression as an autodidact in the mid-1960s. For each of his work groups, Schmidt developed an individual photographic method of accessing reality. The retrospective at Hamburger Bahnhof is the first chronological presentation of Schmidt’s entire life’s work and the first overview exhibition of the Berlin photographer in his hometown after 25 years. In addition to the work groups “Waffenruhe” (1987), “Einheit” (1996), “Lebensmittel” (2012) and other original photographs, unpublished working prints, book designs and archive materials present the development of the artistic work, which for a younger generation of photographers has been the subject of constant research and development. Innovation has an exemplary character.

Kulturforum, Kunstgewerbemuseum
ATMOISM. Hermann August Weizenegger

June 12th – October 11th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung des Kunstgewerbemuseums – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

With “ATMOISM”, the Museum of Decorative Arts dedicates its first major solo exhibition to the important designer Herman August Weizenegger (*1963, Kempten). On display are 13 stage-like interventions, which Weizenegger designed especially for the exhibition and which enter into dialogue with the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Decorative Arts. Weizenegger says: “As a designer, I design spaces for action. The user, on the other hand, gets the chance to create a cognitive, emotional and personal connection to the object, he learns something about the manufacturing context and beyond. He creates awareness of the existing production conditions, perhaps even responsibility. This is how design creates cultural and social added value”.

Museum Berggruen
Pablo Picasso. Les Femmes d’Alger

June 20th – September 13th 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

In the winter of 1954-55, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) implemented a long-cherished wish: The 73-year-old painted a response to the famous portrayal of Eugène Delacroix’s “The Women of Algiers”, which was created in two versions in memory of a trip to North Africa in 1832. In three months, Picasso created a series of fifteen oil paintings, accompanied by over a hundred drawings and lithographs. However, this series of paintings was only preserved for a short time as a closed ensemble. Today the Museum Berggruen is the only public museum in Europe in which a painting of this series can be seen. In addition to paintings and works on paper from the “Femmes d’Alger” series, the exhibition will also show works that inspired Picasso and works by Picasso were inspired.

Kulturforum, Gemäldegalerie
Bastianino. Das lebende Kreuz aus Ferrara (AT)

June – October 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung der Gemäldegalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit der Humboldt-Universität Berlin

The large-format altarpiece with the unusual representation of the “Living Cross of Ferrara” – an allegory of the Old and New Testaments – was restored in the Gemäldegalerie as a permanent loan from the Humboldt University Berlin and with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung 2018/19. After completion of the restoration, the painting will be made accessible to the public again in a focused exhibition. Although the altarpiece from the Convent Church of Santa Catarina Martire in Ferrara is based on two works by Garofalo, the lively, sketchy painting style of the late mannerist Sebastiano Filippi, gen. Bastianino (ca. 1532-1602), unmistakable. The “Living Cross”, created around 1560/70, is probably Filippi’s only work to date that is in a public collection in Germany.

Museumsstandort Dahlem, Museum Europäischer Kulturen
17. Europäische Kulturtage: Treffpunkt Murcia (AT)

July 30th – November 1st 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung des Museums Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit dem Zentrum für Europastudien/Universidad de Murcia und der Sociedad Murciana de Antropología

The exhibition at the Museum of European Cultures (MEK) accompanies the 17th European Cultural Days dedicated to the Spanish region of Murcia in 2020. The region, its characteristics and history will be presented on the basis of two central themes – fruit growing and migration. Murcia has almost 50,000 years of settlement history. In the Middle Ages, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived there together. Today, illegalised migrants, whose work on Murcia’s plantations makes it one of Europe’s central fruit-growing areas, meet pensioners from northern Europe who spend the rest of their lives there. On the basis of photographs, objects from the collection of the MEK and from Spanish The exhibition presents everyday life in the region to cooperation partners.

Museum für Fotografie
Vorbilder / Nachbilder. Die fotografischen Lehrsammlungen der Universität der Künste Berlin 1850 – 1930

August 28th 2020 – January 10th 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung der Sammlung Fotografie des Münchner Stadtmuseums und der Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität der Künste Berlin

The archive of the Berlin University of the Arts houses collections of images and models that are unique in Germany: They served as samples and teaching aids for predecessor institutions, the Academy of Arts and the leading Berlin School of Applied Arts, which was affiliated to the Museum of Applied Arts. To a large extent, they consist of original photographs dating back to the time around 1850, i.e. the beginnings of the medium. The Munich City Museum is preparing an exhibition of around 280 exhibits for spring 2020, which will then be shown at the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin. The project focuses specifically on the photographic originals and examines the origins, structure and use of the collections. The photographic image as a largely unexplored form of the utility picture is exemplarily used in the Look moved.

Kulturforum, Kupferstichkabinett
Wir heben ab! Eine Sommerausstellung des Kupferstichkabinetts

29. August – 6. December 2020

Eine Sonderausstellung des Kupferstichkabinetts – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

In August 2020, the Kupferstichkabinett will once again be resuming the popular format of its summer exhibitions. Berlin’s major construction site, BER Airport, will finally be opened in autumn. Can the schedule really be kept to this time? Under the title “We take off”, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) is dedicated to the theme of “Flying” between centuries of fascination and current flight shame. On display are works from the 15th to 21st centuries from the artist’s own collection, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Eugène Delacroix and Eberhard Havekost.

Museumsinsel Berlin, James-Simon-Galerie
Germanen. Eine Bestandsaufnahme (AT)

September 2020 – March 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung des Museums für Vor- und Frühgeschichte – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin und des LVR-Landesmuseums Bonn

The exhibition in the special exhibition room of the James Simon Gallery presents the current state of research on the Germanic tribes and presents the settlement history of the area on the right bank of the Rhine between the 2nd century BC and the 4th century AD on the basis of numerous new finds and high-ranking loans. The exhibition, whose concept is part of the Excellence Cluster Topoi The image of the “Teutons” existing in the public eye is contrasted with the current state of research. This archaeological inventory provides a factually sound view of an important epoch in history, which is either only viewed in contrast to developments in the Roman Empire or interpreted propagandistically with nationalist intent. A separate section of the exhibition in the “Vaterländischen Saal” of the Neues Museum shows the role of archaeological “Germanenforschung” in the museum’s own history.

Museumsstandort Dahlem, Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Welcome to the BRD. Zwischen Traum und Trauma (AT)

October 3rd 2020 – August 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung des Museums Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Studiengang Museumsmanagement und -kommunikation

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the GDR’s accession to the Federal Republic of Germany and the 60th anniversary of the recruitment agreements with Greece (2020) and Turkey (2021), the Museum of European Cultures takes a look at two social groups that are often seen by themselves and others as “the other” German identity: Migrants and people with East German biographies. Against the backdrop of current social changes, the exhibition deals with the thesis currently much discussed in the media and research about the similarities in everyday and life experiences of New and East Germans. She examines dreams, hopes, utopias as well as disappointments, experiences of loss and discrimination, and explores the potential of alliances and solidarity without trivializing differences. Various aspects of the theme are explored in scenic spaces: biographical narratives are supplemented by object and media constellations as well as artistic positions. In participative areas, visitors can share their own experiences.

Kulturforum, Kunstbibliothek
Piranesi 300

October 5th 2020 – February 7th 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung der Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

In 2020, the Art Library celebrates the 300th birthday of the Italian architectural visionary Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) with a special exhibition at the Kulturforum. The focus will be on Piranesi’s unique collection of drawings and the magnificent volumes he edited in the Art Library, as well as the rich collection of prints from the Kupferstichkabinett. In collaboration with young scholars of the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Kunstbibliothek conceives the exhibition as a stage on which Piranesi appears in all his roles – as archaeologist, designer, scientist, stage designer and visionary.

Kulturforum, Gemäldegalerie
Spätgotik. Aufbruch in die Neuzeit

October 9th 2020 – February 14th 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

As the first comprehensive exhibition in German-speaking countries, the special exhibition in the Gemäldegalerie is dedicated to Late Gothic art. Inspired by Dutch developments, the means of artistic expression changed from the 1430s onwards: light and shadow, body and space were increasingly portrayed realistically; with the invention of printing technology, these innovations found mass distribution. Despite their religious purpose, pictures were increasingly perceived as art. With some 120 objects – including outstanding loans and central works from the holdings of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – the media innovations of the 15th century become comprehensible in the juxtaposition of different art genres. Diverse contexts testify to a permanent interplay between the media, which is the art of the Let late Gothic be experienced in its entirety.

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Spätgotik. Aufbruch in die Neuzeit, 9.10.2020–14.2.2021, Gemäldegalerie: Konrad Witz, Die Königin von Saba vor Salomo, um 1430/37, Öl auf Eichenholz
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Jörg P. Ander

Kulturforum, Kunstbibliothek
Claudia Skoda. Mode, Fotografien, Filme, Musik und Performance (AT)

October 29th 2020 – February 21th 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung der Kunstbibliothek in Kooperation mit dem Kunstgewerbemuseum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

With her fashion, Claudia Skoda (*1943) is a key figure and icon of the Berlin underground scene of the 1970s and 1980s. With her designs, she revolutionized the understanding of knitwear fashion. Her performance-like fashion shows such as “Big Birds” (1979), “Drumfire” (1980), “Dressater” (1988) and “Deep Diving for Whales” (1997) attracted international attention. Skoda’s first solo exhibition will include fashion, around 200 photographs, films and music by artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Luciano Castelli, Salomé, Jim Rakete, Ulrike Ottinger, Silke Grossmann, Manuel Göttsching, Kraftwerk and others. In addition to her collections, their production and distribution, her commune Fabrikneu, her fashion shows and sales studios, her time in New York as well as Skoda’s network will also be represented. and her collaboration with various artists Topic of the exhibition be.

Museumsinsel Berlin, Pergamonmuseum
Zeitgenössische Interventionen im Museum für Islamische Kunst (AT)

October 30th 2020 – January 24th 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung des Museums für Islamische Kunst – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Historical collections, such as those of the Museum of Islamic Art, are important to us today because they show our cultural heritage. This is clearly visible when contemporary works face historical objects. Today’s art always resorts to the previous, sometimes more visible, sometimes less obvious. Through small interventions with contemporary art, this legacy is made clear in its current artistic treatment. Thus, to this day, the art of writing releases creative energies, as in Mounir al-Shaarani’s paintings, who creates calligraphies that seem historic but are completely contemporary.

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019: Pauline Curnier Jardin

October 30th 2020 – January 24th 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung der Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Pauline Curnier Jardin is the winner of the Prize of the Nationalgalerie 2019. In November 2020, her solo exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will follow, in which she will show the visual richness and narrative diversity of her artistic practice in expansive works. Jardin’s cinematic and installative language often takes up ancient, mythical narratives, which she deconstructs and breaks through. A perception of the world opens up, one that is both captured and insecure. The prize of the Nationalgalerie is awarded every two years and is a museum honour for artists under 40 who have been living and working in Germany.

Kulturforum, Kunstgewerbemuseum
Mehr produzieren – besser leben. Design für eine klassenlose Gesellschaft (AT)

November 2020 – May 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung des Kunstgewerbemuseums – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

In post-war Berlin, national reconstruction programmes were launched in East and West to procure housing. Flagships were the Stalinallee in the east from 1950 and the Hansaviertel in the west from 1957. Urban planning and architecture became instruments of system competition and strongly propagandistic. In addition, the ideologically contested market in divided Berlin was heated up by residential exhibitions. Based on this context, the exhibition examines the socio-political dimension of living and the role of design between utopia, power and gender discourses during the Cold War. She focuses on the countries of the former Eastern Bloc and their housing and consumption models. It is created in collaboration with a international research and design team set up specifically for the project.

Museumsinsel Berlin, Bode-Museum
Der zweite Blick: Frauen (AT)

November  27th 2020 – February 28th 2021

Eine integrierte Sonderausstellung der Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst und des Münzkabinetts – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit der Technischen Universität Berlin

“Der zweite Blick” is a series of exhibitions, which will focus on current socially relevant topics with a the collections of the Bode Museum. Visitors are invited to thematic routes, to discover the art treasures of the sculpture collection and of the Museum of Byzantine Art new and different. By “Spielarten der Liebe”, the second part of the series presents the exceptional women of the Bode Museum: Goddesses, heroines, saints, virgins, princesses, Mothers, academics, single people or lepers – their stories, Personalities and social roles will be identified on the basis of objects in the context and within the framework of a socio-critical perspective of the 21st century.

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
André Thomkins (AT)

December 2020 – April 2021

Eine Sonderausstellung der Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

“nie reime, da kann akademie rein” – “Dogma I am God”: The palindromes of André Thomkins (1930 – 1985) are inherent in a principle of reflection, in which also an important part of his artistic work. Following on from the ideas of Surrealism, the Swiss painter, draughtsman and poet created works that playfully deal with the illustrative relationship between a “here” and a “there”. André Thomkins crosses reality with wit and refined technical inventiveness and is at the same time a fine interpreter. Supported by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, which is in charge of the estate of André Thomkins, the Exhibition next to so-called hinge pictures, Lackskins and Rol-lagen, “Permanent scenes” and “Schwebsel” as well as drawings less known so far, Watercolours and objects. After more than 30 years this is the first museum Overview show of the artist in Berlin.

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