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The assault of the present on the rest of time – Artistic testimonies of war and repression – Schinkel Pavillon + Brücke-Museum | 14.09.2023-07.01.2023

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Schinkel Pavillon and Brücke Museum present from 14 September 2023 the exhibition The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time. Artistic Testimonies of War and Repression. It shows historical and contemporary positions that address state violence and repression. The focus is on the moment of witnessing. Works from the 1930s and 1940s by Maria Luiko, Johanna Schütz-Wolff or Felix Nussbaum enter into a dialogue with the works of contemporary artists such as Simone Fattal, Dana Kavelina or Lawrence Abu Hamdan. The project is a cooperation between the Brücke Museum and the Schinkel Pavillon and takes place within the framework of Berlin Art Week 2023.

Image above: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The Diary of a Sky, 2023, Video, Sound, 45′, Courtesy of the artist’s studio

The starting point is the complexly connected history of the two buildings. The Schinkel Pavilion is located in the garden of the former Kronprinzenpalais, which housed the New Department of the National Gallery in the early 20th century. In this world’s first public collection of modern art, the Brücke artists were also exhibited in museums for the first time – until the National Socialists confiscated hundreds of mainly expressionist works of art as “degenerate”. Some of the works defamed during this period found their way into the Brücke Museum, which was founded 30 years later and is dedicated to the artists’ group of the same name.

Against the backdrop of the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine, the exhibition curated by Katya Inozemtseva understands the past as continuity and present.

Participating artists

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Etel Adnan, Dora Bromberger, Leo Breuer, Isaac Chong Wai, Simone Fattal, Forensic Architecture, Parastou Forouhar, Lea Grundig, Erich Heckel, Hannah Höch, Eric Isenburger, Dana Kavelina, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Otto Mueller, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, Maria Luiko, Kateryna Lysovenko, Felix Nussbaum, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Johanna Schütz-Wolff, Sung Tieu, Nora Turato and Oscar Zügel

A cooperation by Brücke-Museum and Schinkel Pavillon e.V.

The exhibition is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The accompanying programme is funded by the Berlin State Agency for Civic Education.

Curator: Katya Inozemtseva
Artistic direction: Lisa Marei Schmidt (Brücke Museum), Nina Pohl (Schinkel Pavillon)
Project management: Luisa Seipp
Production management & curatorial assistance: Lina Louisa Krämer (Schinkel Pavillon)
Assistant curator: Philipp Lange (Brücke Museum)
Project assistants: Celine Marten, Justine Ney (Brücke Museum), Ella Křivánek, Nora Veismann (Schinkel Pavillon)

Outreach Curator: Daniela Bystron (Brücke Museum)
Collection Curator: Christiane Remm (Karl and Emy Schmidt-Rottluff Foundation)


Opening: Wednesday, 13. September 2023, 7 pm

Exhibition period: Thursday, 14. September 2023 until 7. January 2024


Schinkel Pavillon
Oberwallstraße 32
10117 Berlin-Mitte

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