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Sound in the Garden – Neue Nationalgalerie | 06.08.-04.09.2022

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For the first time since 1986, live concerts will take place in the sculpture garden of the Neue Nationalgalerie: On five weekends from August 6th to September 4th 2022, music and performance acts as diverse as Älice, Wandermüd, Imran Ayata & Bülent Kullukcu with Cavidan Ünal, caner teker & Nkisi and the Deep Gold Band will perform between the sculptures by Bernhard Heiliger, Henri Laurens or René Sintenis.

Image above: Sculpture Garden of the New National Gallery, © Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 / Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker

The Sculpture Garden, which has been accessible again since the renovation and reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie last year, is being revived as an evening venue for concerts: “Sound in the Garden” is the start of a new concert series that takes up the historic “Jazz in the Garden” format that took place here in the 1970s until the mid-1980s. Sound in the Garden” will expand the musical spectrum and bring contemporary formats to the stage. Musicians and bands from a wide variety of backgrounds and genres are invited to enter into dialogue with works from the current collection presentation “The Art of Society” in their live performances. In this way, very personal connections and associations will find their way into the musical or performative debate.

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Jazz in the Garden, concert series in the sculpture garden of the Neue Nationalgalerie, 1972, Photo: Ludwig Windstosser


Saturday, 6 August 2022, 8 pm
Singer, songwriter and performer Alice Martin already set new standards for German-language, female* dancehall as a founding member of the band Chefboss and positioned herself against sexism and homophobia with her very own originality and energetic rhythm. Now she is launching her solo project as Älice and on her debut album “Zebra” she moves between R’n’B, hip hop and something that you don’t want to call pop because her songs simply have too much soul for that. She also attaches great importance to cultural and international exchange with other artists and organisations. For her performance at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Älice was inspired by the painting “Bogenschützen” by Sascha Wiederhold.

Saturday, 13 August 2022, 8 pm
In their sensitive interplay, Winnie Brückner (vocals, electronics) and Susanne Paul (cello, electronics) present art song reboots and modern artpop. With sound loops, reverb tails and pixel thunderstorms, the two Berlin musicians create an opulent orchestral sound, only to sound pure and chamber music-like again in the next moment. They respectfully fan out ravishing pearls of romantic song in order to make them heard in a fresh and contemporary way. Conversely, in their own songs they brush indie pop and jazz against the grain in a way that brings out their sensitive, romantic soul.

“Songs of Gastarbeiter” Saturday, 20 August 2022, 8 pm
For their compilation series “Songs of Gastarbeiter”, Berlin-based author Imran Ayata and Munich-based artist Bülent Kullukcu rummaged through archives, scoured the music collections of their parents and acquaintances, asked friends and strangers to find songs of the first immigrant generation. “Songs of Gastarbeiter” is a musical diorama of migrant milieus in Germany and tells the pop-cultural history of the FRG from the migrant perspective. Ayata and Kullukcu invite you on a musical journey and present their musical fundus as a musical lecture. They have invited Cavidan Ünal, protagonist of the film “Ask, Mark ve Ölüm – Love, D-Mark and Death”, as a special guest.

caner teker & Nkisi
Saturday, 27 August 2022, 8 pm
With a sound performance based on movements of traditional Turkish oil wrestling, Nkisi and caner teker will explore the psycho[1]acoustic resonance space of their past, present and future together. On a procession through the museum, between social choreographies and poetry, they will call the spirits and lead them into the underworld of the New National Gallery. caner teker is a supporter, survivor, ally* and choreographer, born in Duisburg in 1994 and living between Amsterdam, Berlin and Düsseldorf. Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi is a London-based producer, visual artist and DJ. Nkisi produces intense, powerful sounds influenced by ancient Congo, rhythmic noise, the electromagnetic web of our planet and experimental improvisation.

Deep Gold Band & Gäste
Sunday, 4 September 2022, 4 pm
The four-member ensemble around the composer and musician Hans-Jörn Brandenburg was created on the occasion of Julian Rosefeldt’s film installation “Deep Gold” (2013/2014). The black-and-white film, which can currently be seen in the exhibition “The Art of Society”, is a homage to Luis Buñuel’s surrealist classic “L’Âge d’Or” (1930). Today, the Deep Gold Band will play music from the film and works from the play “Oben&Unten” (1929.) by Kurt Schwitters. Soprano Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer, puppeteer and singer Suse Wächter and Schwitters reciter Axel Werner are invited as guests.

Concept and project management: Janet Röder on an initiative by Klaus Biesenbach.

Tickets for the concert and exhibition are available online: www.smb.museum/veranstaltungen. Remaining tickets are available at the box office. In case of bad weather, the events will take place indoors.


Saturday, 6 August – Sunday, 4 September 2022


Kulturforum, Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

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