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Berlin art: What exhibitions are on now?

What's going on in the art world and which Berlin exhibitions should you check out this week?

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Fiona Mackay – no moon

Fiona Mackay, She’s gone (2022)

For her third solo exhibition at Klemm’s, Fiona Mackay’s no moon features eight paintings which reflect the artist’s creative process over the past year. These diverse images purposefully meddle with the viewers’ expectations of the painting medium – contradicting and sometimes dismantling any fixed meanings. Instead Mackay’s work interrogates how an image can be held, or understood.

  • 20.01.23 – 25.02.34
  • Klemm’s, Prinzessinnenstr. 29, Kreuzberg, details.

DAOULA | sheen

Photo: TAT

In the West African nation of Burkina Faso, Daoula is a term that translates both to sheen and charisma: a sought-after quality in people, animals and things. And one animal has it in particular. The wild silk worm which spins its nest on the West African savannah creates a cocoon from which local communities extract precious fabric, making it into fine clothing. This show, in the beautiful space of the Tieranatomisches Theatre, brings these wild silk cocoons to Berlin, inspiring a new creative dialogue across cultures and types of practice. 

  • Until 29.04.23
  • Tieranatomisches Theater Campus Nord Philippstr. 12/13, Haus 3, Mitte, details.

Georg Baselitz – Man Sollte

Baselitz at the Museum of the Palazzo Grimani with a collection of his artworks, on display as part of his exhibition Archinto in Venice, Italy (18 May 2021). IMAGO / Andrea Merola

A central figure in the German art world for over 60 years, Georg Baselitz is well-known for his figurative, expressive paintings. This exhibition at the CFA (Contemporary Fine Arts) celebrates the artist’s 80th birthday with this major retrospective reflecting his evolving style and continuous impact on the artworld.

  • 23.01.23 – 11.03.23
  • CFA (Contemporary Fine Arts), Grolmanstr. 32/33, Charlottenburg, details

Wim Wenders – Two or three things I know about Edward Hopper 

Image: Bastian Gallery – Wim Wenders

An iconic figure of German cinema pays tribute to a giant of American painting. Wim Wenders 3D film installation Two or three things I know about Edward Hopper will be on display at Bastian gallery in south-west Berlin until March 4. Originally shown in Basel in 2020 on the occasion of a Hopper retrospective, Wenders has claimed that the artist was a big influence on his own work. Visits need to be booked ahead of time. 

  • 25.01.23 – 04.03.23
  • Bastian Gallery, Taylorstr. 1, Grunewald, details.

Nandita Kumar – From Paradigm To Paradigm, Into the Biomic Time

Image: Daad

This sound installation from Nandita Kumar reminds viewers of a newspaper press stuck in an eternal loop, speaking to breakdown of communication in the modern age. This is a work which seeks to crack open and show the working of the objects of its critique, employing the the tools of data manipulation and an algorithmic generator of untrue statement alongside its glitching musical code. Towards the end of its run, this work will also appear as part of the program of MaerzMusilk Festival.

  • 26.01.23 – 26.03.23
  • Daadgalerie Oranienstr. 161, Kreuzberg, details.

Tracing movement in uncertain times

Image: ACUD

Throughout its four-week program at ACUD Galerie, this project aims to trace an overview of the different artistic positions adopted over decades of protests and political struggles in Iran. Events, readings, panels, screenings, workshops and performances are spread across the run, so check the website to find out what is happening when during this timely and curious show which has been curated collectively from Tehran and Berlin. 

  • 26.01.23 – 26.02.23
  • ACUD Galerie, Veteranenstr. 21, Mitte, details.

William Eggeston, Anastasia Samoylova and Karoline Wojtas

William Eggleston, Untitled, c. 1970-1973. Photo: © Eggleston Artistic Trust . Courtesy Eggleston Artistic Trust and David Zwirner

Three separate exciting exhibitions come to C/O to kick off the new year. There is a major retrospective of a pioneer of colour photography: “William Eggeston: Mystery of the Ordinary”. There are the melancholy visions of Moscow-born photographer Anastasia Samoylova, whose US photos show an ageing and decaying America in “Floridas”. And finally Polish photographer Karoline Wojtas creates her own bizarre reality in “Abzgram”. Wojitas was the winner of the in-house Talent Award 2022, for which she transformed the space into a surreal classroom. 

  • 28.01.23 – 04.05.23
  • C/O Berlin Hardenbergstr. 22–24, Charlottenburg, details.

Last Chance

‘125 Years of Noack’

Photo: Marina Jerkovic

The famous Noack Sculpture Foundry has produced sculptures for Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Käthe Kollwitz, Georg Baselitz, among others. It’s also where the Berlinale has its award sculptures made. It’s safe to say that the history of sculpture in Germany over the 20th century is closely linked to the Noack. This year, the Noack turns 125 and is celebrating with a retrospective anniversary exhibition – taking visitors on a journey into the history of the Noack. On Saturday November 12th, the exhibition will open with a book presentation followed by a party in the Bar Brass restaurant.

  • 11.11.22 – 03.02.23
  • Noack Sculpture Foundry, Am Spreebord 9, Charlottenburg, details

Michel Majerus

Michel Majerus, 1-channel video installation (2000). Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin / © Michel Majerus Estate, 2022 / Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Matthew Marks Gallery

With last year marking the 20th anniversary of Michel Majerus’s death, Berlin has seen an array of retrospectives of the artist’s work. This showcase at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) will feature installations by Majerus which were shown at the Galerie Neugeriemschneider exhibition back in 1994. Majerus’ work focuses on the social paradigms that characterised the 1990s – the dawn of the virtual age, the increasing presence of computers and the internet, the spread of mass media and the power of advertising and youth culture. All these elements are as relevant today as they were during Majerus’ life.

  • 07.12.22 – 05.02.23
  • Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestr. 128/ 129, Mitte, details.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI), ‘Please Do Not Mistake Me For Nobody’

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, ‘Please Do Not Mistake Me For Nobody’ (2017). Photo: Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

American poet Marc Voge and Korean artist and translator Young-hae Chang make up the Seoul-based web art duo Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI). Since the 1990s, the pair have been creating audio-visual Adobe animations and musical compositions. Pioneers of the ‘internet art movement’, YHCHI present their latest exhibition, ‘Please Mistake Me For Nobody’ at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Concerned with the theme of paranoia, the project brings together works from 2000 to 2020.

  • 16.12.22 – 05.02.23
  • Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestr. 128–129, Mitte, details.

Tina Modotti, ‘Revolution and Passion’

Tina Modotti: Revolution and Passion. Photo: © Tina Modotti, Guitar, cartridge belt and sickle (1927)

Actress, photographer and activist Tina Modotti (1896-1942) is arguably one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of photography. Originally from Italy, Modotti lived and worked in Mexico for a significantly creative period in her life. There, she documented the politics of the time, collaborating with friends and contemporaries like Frida Kahlo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lotte Jacobi, Anna Seghers and Pablo Neruda.

  • 19.11.22 – 05.02.23
  • f³ – freiraum für fotografie, Waldemarstr. 17, Kreuzberg, details.

‘Magyar Modern: Hungarian Art in Berlin 1910-1933’

Lajos Tihanyi: ‘Landscape with Bridge’ (1909), Budapest Historical Museum, Kiscelli Museum , Municipal Gallery, © copyright expired, photo: Ákos Keppel

This new exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie breaks new ground in its exploration of the artistic links between Berlin and Hungarian Modernism. After Hungary’s failed revolution of 1919, Weimar Republic-Berlin became an important locale for exiled creatives and intellectuals. Making up one of the largest exile communities in Berlin at the time, an unmistakable impact was made on the avant garde culture of this era. Featuring works by Lászlo Móholy-Nagy and Oskar Kaufman, ‘Magyar Modern’ follows the the life of Hungarian Modernism in the German capital, leading up to its ultimate repression under the Nazi Party.

  • 04.11.22 – 06.02.23
  • Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr. 124-128, Kreuzberg, details.

Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, ‘Like a Spider in a Web’ (Hannah Hӧch Prize 2022)

Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt: ‘Past Present Future’, detail (1975) Typewriting © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Dietmar Katz © Courtesy of the artist and ChertLüdde, Berlin

At 90 years old, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeltd has received the 2022 Hannah Hӧch Prize for her extensive output of paintings, drawing and typewriter graphics, much of which was produced as subversive mail art under DDR rule. Alongside the award, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) is holding a major retrospective of the artist’s work. ‘Like a Spider in a Web’ features a number of Wolf-Rehfeltd’s Typewritings – collages of typewritten text which form a kind of visual poetry. During the DDR era, the artist would secretly mail these small-scale works to other artists both inside and outside of East German control.

  • 02.11.22 – 05.02.23
  • Kupferstichkabinett, Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz, Tiergarden details.

Thomas Rentmeister

Thomas Rentmeister, exhibition view from Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011). Photo: Bernd Borchardt

Under the Schwartze Villa Gallery’s theme ‘Field Studies of the Everyday’, artist Thomas Rentmeister has created a series of sculptural works using everything from food to hygiene products and old appliances. Often resembling human forms, the artist’s sculptures bring together the grotesque and the beautiful with a kind of humorous social criticism. Rentmeister’s exhibition at the Schwartz creates a sense of interest and even beauty to the mundane materials of our everyday lives.

  • 07.10.22 – 05.02.23
  • Schwartze Villa, Grunewaldstr. 55, Steglitz, details.

‘Paint it All’

Tatjana Doll: “CAR_Crankcase”, 2008-2018 © Tatjana Doll/VG-Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: Martin Eberle

Only recently, Künstlerhaus Bethanien hosted a somewhat indecisive overview of painting in Germany. Now, the Berlinische Galerie is covering the genre more precisely, and reviewing painting in Berlin – with recent examples by Christine Streuli, Eberhard Havekost and Tatjana Doll, among others. Some works will be exhibited for the first time.

  • Until 06.02.23
  • Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr. 124-128, Kreuzberg, details.

Ergün Çağatay

The youth gang 36 Boys from Kreuzberg in the 1990s. Photo: Ergun Çağatay

Ergun Çağatay (1937–2018) was one of the most famous photographers from Istanbul. He worked for the Associated Press, was seriously injured in a bomb attack in Paris in 1983, and traveled to Central Asia. In Germany he photographed immigrants from Turkey, drove with them to coal mines in the Ruhr area, photographed them on the assembly line at Ford Cologne as well as during the turbulence of German unification in 1990. The Museum Europäischer Kulturen honors Çağatay in a retrospective with more than 100 Recordings, a media installation and a magazine with articles by the writer Dilek Güngör and the photographer Candida Höfer.

  • Until 07.02.23.
  • Museum Europäischer Kulturen Arnimallee 25, Dahlem, details.

Exhibitions

Fruits of Wrath – Attempt at comprehension: Ukraine

Steve Schepens Gay Train (2015). Image courtesy of the artist

What role can art play in warfare? What does the process of colonialisation look like? These are among the questions posed by this group show put on Ukrainian artists – some of whom have fled the war, and some of whom have remained in their home country. See works from Dariia Kuzmych, Sergiy Bratkov and Hito Steyerl, among others. On February 9th, there will be a talk with Mykola Ridnyi and Clemens von Wedemeyer.

  • 20.01.23 – 19.03.23
  • Haus am Lützowplatz Lützowplatz 9, Tiergarten, details.

Maya Schweizer – Even Closer

Maya Schweizer, Voices and Shells, 2020 HD / 18′ / Farbe und Schwarz-Weiß / Ton © Maya Schweizer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Maya Schweizer is flying at the moment. The award winning artist is showing three of her distinctively fragile, enigmatic films in the German Artists’ Association in a specially constructed installation that allows visits to view the piece in a room flooded with light where the shade is provided by her fabric work in the window. Back in May, Scheizer was given the Dagesh Art prize 2023.

  • 19.01.23 – 06.04.23
  • Projektraum des Deutschen Künstlerbunds Markgrafenstr. 67, Kreuzberg, details.

Yuriy Biley – FREEDOM FOR ALL – The Value of These Words Also Depends on You

KVOST is another Berlin gallery who have turned their artistic eye to the ongoing war in Ukraine, inviting the visual artist and curator Yuriy Biley to display works in their illuminated window. Biley uses the archive photos of German postwar photographer Rolf Goetze, but obscures their original context, giving new life and meaning to pictures from the Cold War. 

  • 01.12.22 – 05.03.2023
  • KVOST Kunstverein Ost e.V. Leipzigerstr 24, Mitte, details.

Nan Goldin – Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2022

Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery © Nan Goldin

US artist Nan Goldin is being awarded the Käthe Kollwitz Prize for 2022 – and to mark that honour the Akademie der Künste are showing an exhibition of her works spanning five decades. Sexual, intimate, violent and transgressive, these pictures move rhythmically between different moods, combining a deep sense of care with more critical detached gaze. 

  • 20.01.23 – 19.03.23 
  • Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Tiergarten, details.

Nikolaus Gansterer – Strange Wor(l)ds 

Photo: Crone Berlin – Nikolaus Gansterer

Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was obsessed with the relationship between language and reality. Did language form the world, or reflect it? Was it possible to experience anything truly “outside” language? Gansterer takes up these questions and pushes them further into the field of drawing, adapting concepts in a new visual language. The artist has also collaborated on a book – Playing With Ludwig – published on the occasion of this show.

  • 21.01.23 – 04.03.2023
  • CRONE BERLIN, Fasanenstr. 29, Charlottenburg, details.

Monty Richthofen, ‘Cheap Hedonism’

Monty Richthofen: ‘Cheap Hedonism’. Courtesy of the artist and Dittrich & Schlechtriem

Monty Richthofen (aka Maison Hefner) opens his first exhibition at Dittrich & Schlechtriem with ‘Cheap Hedonism’. The showcase explores the unbridled consumerism, advancing globalisation and constant online availability of today. Featuring a light and sound installation created in a collaboration with DJ-artist Yasmina Dexter, ‘Cheap Hedonism’ is an immersive experience which encourages visitors to engage with Hefner’s playful imagining of pop-culture phenomena.

  • 20.01.3 – 04.03.23.
  • Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Linienstr. 23, Mitte, details

Brett Charles Seiler, ‘Riding in Cars with Boys’

Brett Charles Seiler: ‘Kissing Matty’s Eye’ (2022). Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Eigen + Art.

In his paintings, Brett Charles Seiler creates a space that flickers between desire and anxiety, the artist explores queer history, the male body, domestic space, poetry, love, alienation and Biblical symbolism. This new exhibition features works with a range of materials and Seiler’s evocative style sometimes includes old black and white photos and textiles.

  • 12.01.23 – 25.02.23
  • Galerie Eigen + Art, Auguststr. 26, Mitte, details

Isa Genzken

Isa Genzken: ‘Architectural Collage’ (2001). Photo: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Courtesy of the artist and Jahn und Jahn, Munich

Isa Genzken’s art is glamorous, vulgar and never predictable. The veteran Berlin artist has been a major player in the contemporary German art scene for almost 5 decades, but still refuses to be pinned down. At this comprehensive exhibition at the Buchholz Gallery, the spotlight is on Genzken graphic work. 

  • 09.12.22 – 13.02.23
  • Galerie Buchholz, Fasanenstr. 30, Charlottenburg, details.

Max Liebermann

Max Liebermann: ‘Heinkeherende Schafherde’ (1890). Photo: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Dietmar Katz.

The Max Liebermann Haus on Pariser Platz (where the artist lived from 1892 until his death in 1935) has teamed up with Kupferstichkabinett for this extensive look at the well-known Impressionist’s career. Covering all of Liebermann’s creative phases, from preliminary studies for paintings, to his Impressionist Dutch landscapes and more. This is not one to miss.

  • 16.12.22 – 05.03.23
  • Max Liebermann Haus, Pariser Platz 7, Mitte, details.

‘Embroidered Gardens’

Cloth with rich embroidery of silk, silver threads and gold thread (detail), Turkey, 18th/19th century. Photo: Claus Uhlendorf

The Pergamon Museum is showing 25 such treasures of embroidery, spanning four centuries. Marvel at the lavish Ottoman textiles from the Borg Collection – including extravagantly decorated towels, carpets and hangs – as well as the craftsmanship that went into making them.

  • 16.12.22 – 16.04.23
  • Pergamonmuseum, Bodestr. 1-3, Mitte, details.

‘Broken Music Vol 2’

Exhibition view, “Broken Music Vol. 2. Photo: © Thomas Bruns / @thomasbrunsphotography

‘Broken Music Vol 2’ explores the record as part of art history, with pieces spanning 70 years of game-changing record cover designs and influential audio experiences. This showcase is the return of the 1989 travelling exhibition started in West Berlin by Ursula Block, owner of the renowned Wilmersdorf record store, Gelbe MUSIK (1981-2014). The shop was frequented by influential artists and musicians like John Cage, Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth and Bjork.

  • 17.12.22 – 14.05.23
  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr. 50-51, Mitte, details.

‘100 Years of Nosferatu’

Photo: Deutsche Kinemathek

The silent film classic Nosferatu is considered one of the most influential horror films of all time, and the character of Count Orlok has served as the model for countless film monsters. Less well known, however, is the influence of Romantic and Expressionist art on the film’s look and feel. To celebrate 100 years since the film’s release, the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection presents works by artists such as Alfred Kubin, Caspar David Friedrich and Franz Sedlacek, whose motifs and fantastic scenery had a major influence on the film’s aesthetic. The show also illuminates how Nosferatu is still impacting art and pop culture today, and even invites visitors to donate blood in cooperation with the German Red Cross on 21 December.

  • 16.12.22 – 23.04.23.
  • Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg Schloßstr. 70, Charlottenburg, details.

Johann Gottfried Schadow, ‘Embracing Forms’

Johann Gottfried Schadow, ‘Genius of Nature, Natura’ (1813) National Museums in Berlin, National Gallery / Photo: Andres Kilger

A central figure of German neoclassical sculpture, Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764–1850) is being celebrated with a major retrospective at the Alte Nationalgalerie. The first exhibition of his work in almost 30 years, the showcase takes an extensive look at Schadow’s sculptural and graphic works. 

  • 21.10.22 – 19.02.23.
  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Bodestr. 1-3, Mitte, details.

Micha Ullmann

Installation in the church interior. Photo: Leo Seidel

Israeli sculptor Micha Ullman is known for his bold, atmospheric installations. Ten years ago, he created a show-stopping installation on the steps of St. Matthew’s Church in Berlin’s Kulturforum, featuring tons of sand brought over from Israel. For this anniversary exhibition, Ullma returns to the Kulturforum with the installation ‘Body’. The showcase is concerned with how the human body is depicted in religious stories.

  • 27.11.22 – 19.02.23.
  • St. Matthäus-Kirche, Matthäikirchplatz, Tiergarten, details.

‘Roads not Taken’

Nocturnal thermonuclear explosion in Nevada USA, 5 July 1957. Photo: National Archives, Washington, D.C. / Public Domain

This new exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum looks back at a series of decisive historical events throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, imagining what would have happened if things had turned out differently. Exploring alternative outcomes to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first presence of tanks at Checkpoint Charlie, the Nazi’s election victory and more. For the exhibition, staged pictures are juxtaposed with documentation of real events, such as the nuclear explosion in Nevada in 1957.

  • 09.12.22 – 24.11.24
  • Deutsches Historisches Museum, Unter den Linden 2, Mitte, details.

Galli, ‘anyone who can count to three can be saved’

Galli, ‘anyone who can count to three can be saved’, exhibition view, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, (2022). Courtesy the artist & Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin. Photo: Def Image copyright: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Born in 1944, Galli established herself in the West Berlin art scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when she carved out her own niche amidst the masculine transgression of the painterly style of the time. At this major retrospective of the artist’s work at the Kraupa-Tuskany-Zeidler, Galli’s paintings depict strange anthropomorphic creatures exploring themes of vulnerability, disfigurement, domesticity and mythology.

  • 05.11.22 – 11.2.23
  • Kraupa-Tuskany-Zeidler, Kohlfurter Str. 41/43, Kreuzberg, details

Sandra Mujinga, ‘IBMSWR: I Build My Skin With Rocks’

Sandra Mujinga, I Build My Skin with Rocks, 2022 [Video still] © Sandra Mujinga. Courtesy die Künstlerin, Croy Nielsen, Wien und The Approach, London

The winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie in 2021, Sandra Mujinga presents her new video installation IBMSWR: I Build My Skin With Rocks at the Hamburger Bahnhof from December 9th. Mujinga grew up in Norway but was born in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The artist’s work explores how skin and the Black body is connects to the painful history of the transatlantic slave trade. The artist is currently based between Oslo and Berlin. Read our art editor’s full interview with Mujinga here.

  • 9.12.22 – 01.05.23
  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr. 50-51, Mitte, details.

Monica Bonvicini, ‘I DO YOU’

Installation view of Monica Bonvicini’s “I DO YOU”, Neue Nationalgalerie. Photo: Imago/Jürgen Ritter

Monica Bonvicini is arguably one of the most important artists working today. Her new exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie centres around a huge mirrored wall plastered with the provocative slogan “I do you”. Through a number of architectural interventions, Bonvicini confronts the austerity of the Neue Nationalgalerie building itself. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, the Modernist structure is characterised by expansive windows and tall steel pillars. Bonvicini breaks through the coldness of the design, which she considers chauvinistic. Continuing her engagement with punk-feminist histories, the second level of the exhibition features an interactive handcuff installation allowing visitors get intimate with the artist’s work.

  • 25.11.22 – 30.04.23.
  • Neue Nationalgalerie Potsdamer Str. 50, Tiergarten, details.

‘Waterfalls and Spirits’

Installation view of ‘Waterfalls and Spirits’ (2022). Photo: House of Paper

This is the newest exhibition at Haus des Papiers (a gallery which, as the name suggests, exhibits art exclusively made of paper). The showcase features work by Harriett Groß, one of the gallery’s artists in residence. Groß creates enigmatic, relief-like images inspired by sound recordings of waterfalls.

  • Haus des Papiers Seydelstr. 30, Mitte, details, until summer 2023.

‘Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!’

Installation view of Ipek Duben’s LoveGame (1998-2001). Photo: İpek Duben / Banu and Hakan Çarmıklı Collection, Istanbul

Curated by art historian Sonja LauIn, ‘Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!’ takes a long, hard look at feminist criminology. The exhibition examines how gender comes into play in criminal prosecution and trials. Contributions from 16 artists deal with historical cases, like the infamous kidnapping of wealthy heiress Patricia Hearst and her alleged involvement in the robberies that followed her abduction. The showcase also includes İpek Duben’s installation, LoveGame which brings focus to the realities of domestic violence.

  • 12.11.22 – 19.02.23.
  • Kunstraum Kreuzberg Mariannenplatz 2, Kreuzberg, details.

‘1922 – George Grosz travels to Soviet Russia’

George Grosz: “In the Shadow” (1921) Photo: George Grosz © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J./VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

In 1922, when Russian avant-garde artists fled to Berlin from the newly founded Soviet Union, George Grosz travelled in the opposite direction: to Moscow, where he’s said to have met with Lenin himself. The following year, however, he resigned from the KPD (the German Communist Party). This new exhibition in the Grosz Museum aims to shed light on whether the artist’s decision was a consequence of this journey. The exhibition focuses on Grosz’s works from this era, including his lithograph “Ants” from the portfolio “In the Shadow” (1921). In addition, the Grosz Museum team was able to conduct research in Russian archives before the war against Ukraine.

  • 24.11.22 – 30.04.23
  • Kleines Grosz Museum Bülowstr. 18, Schöneberg, details

‘Deep Rivers Flow Gently’ at the Czech Embassy

Exhibition view of ‘Deep Rivers Flow Quietly’ showing Radek Brousil’s installation ‘Hey Sorrow Where Are You?’ (2018). Photo: Radek Brousil, Czech Embassy

The Czech Embassy is an architectural highlight in its own right, but its cultural centre is currently hosting an exhibition that’s also worth a visit. The showcase, ‘Deep Rivers Flow Gently’, features paintings, sculptures and video works by three young Czech artists. The exhibition focuses on the theme of sustainability, discussing topics like mushroom ecosystems, bee swarm-visualisations and water scarcity.

  • 20.10.22 – 18.02.23
  • Czech Embassy, Wilhelmstr. 44, Mitte (entrance on Mohrenstr.), details

‘Adventure on the Nile: Prussia and Egyptology, 1842-45’

Johann Jakob Frey: ‘Lepsius Expedition to Egypt: Raising the Prussian flag on the Great Pyramid of Giza’ (1842) © National Museums in Berlin, Museum of Prints and Drawings

This exhibition revisits the famous 19th-century Prussian expedition along the Nile. Harkening back to the beginnings of Egyptology as a field of study, ‘Adventure on the Nile’ certainly doesn’t attempt to present itself as any kind of post-colonial critique. The exhibition seems to steer clear of topical discussions around looted artefacts and reappropriation, but nevertheless presents a broad selection of pieces and can certainly still be enjoyed as a historical throwback.

  • 15.10.22 – 03.07.23
  • Neues Museum, Bodestr. Mitte, details

Thilo Heinzmann, ‘playing slowies’

Exhibition view of Thilo Heinzmann: “playing slowies”, at naeugerriemschneider, Berlin © neugerriemschneider, Berlin / courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin / Photo by Jens Ziehe, Berlin

In this solo exhibition at neugerriemschneider gallery, artist Thilo Heinzmann exhibits a series of his characteristically ephemeral paintings. The use of colour in Heinzmann’s works is sparse and unpredictable. The Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson once dedicated a string quartet in twelve delicate movements to Heinzmann’s work, which perhaps says more about these paintings than words can.

  • 17.09.22 – 18.03.23
  • neugerriemschneider, Christinenstr. 18-19, Prenzlauerberg, details.

‘Quantity and Quality’

Enthroned female figure with moulding, 480-470 B.C., © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Kramer

In a special exhibition, the team of the Altes Museum pay tribute to the mass-produced clay figurines of ancient Greece. Once believed to be of little cultural or historical value due to their small size and the cheap material used to make them, the exhibition revisits these works as important relics of the ancient world.

  • Until 02.07.23
  • Altes Museum, Bodestr. 1-3, Mitte, details.

‘Escribir todos sus nombres’

Dora García: “Heartbeat (Map)”, 1999, Collage und Acryl auf Papier, 150 × 220 × 4 cm, Papier 148 × 218 cm. Photo: Archivo Helga de Alvear | Joaquín Cortés / © Dora García

The dictator Franco ruled Spain until 1975, but already more than a decade earlier female artists were critically addressing their everyday lives and the political situation of their country. Lola Hinojosa of Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía has curated this new exhibition at the Palais Populaire, which draws on a selection of paintings, collages, macramé works and photographs spanning 60 years of Spanish history.

  • Until 27.02.23
  • PalaisPopulaire, Unter den Linden 5, Mitte, details.

Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum: “Mobile Home II”, 2006 Furniture, household objects, suitcases, galvanized steel barriers, three electric motors, pulley system 119 x 220 x 600 cm Photo: Jens Ziehe/KITMIN / © Mona Hatoum / Courtesy Berlinische Galerie

The third chapter of Mona Hatoum’s retrospective opens on September 18. Parts one and two are already on display at the Georg Kolbe Museum and the Neues Berliner Kunstverein respectively. A large-scale installation is now to follow in the Kindl Centre that is intended to symbolise the precarious state of our world. Check out More highlights of Art Week Berlin 2022 here.

  • Until 14.05.23.
  • Kindl-Zentrum, Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln, details.

Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig: “Self-Portrait with Order Necklace”, 1963, oil on canvas, © Maria Lassnig Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2022

Maria Lassnig’s work  transforms pain, desire, smells and digestion into colourful canvases filled with idiosyncratic, distorted bodies. Her work can now be seen in the municipal Gutshaus Steglitz, alongside works from the Munich Klewan Collection. Maria Lassnig (1919-2014), who lived in Berlin for a year, is an artist who only achieved world wide renown in her old age. Never give up!

  • Until 26.02.23.
  • Gutshaus Steglitz, Schloßstr. 48, Steglitz, details.

All Hands On: Flechten

Der geflochtene Garten (The woven garden), Olaf Holzapfel, 2022 Foto: Jens Ziehe / © Olaf Holzapfel

Finally, the Museum of European Cultures (MEK) strikes again with a major exhibition. “All Hands On: Weaving” presents masterpieces of art, craft and design, anonymous pieces made of straw and bark as well as the new work “The Woven Garden” (photo.) by Olaf Holzapfel, a participant in Documenta five years ago. A welcome occasion for a subway ride to Dahlem: which is also worth a trip for beer gardens, bookstores at the university, parks and the Domäne Dahlem agricultural museum a short distance from the MEK. Perfect for a long weekend.

  • Until 26.05.24.
  • Museum Europäischer Kulturen Arnimallee 25, Dahlem, details.

Nicole Miller – To the Stars

Exhibition view: Nicole Miller, “To the Stars”, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, 2020. Commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.⁠ Photo: Aaron Van Dyke / Midway Contemporary Art⁠

With ‘To the Stars’, Nicole Miller holds her first solo exhibition at carlier | gebauer. The California-based artist and filmmaker is known for her evocative videos and multimedia installations that often focus on race and representation. Ideas of embodiment and articulation are common threads throughout Miller’s work, which claim a kind of “active viewing“ from its audience.

  • 28.01.12 – 04.03.23.
  • carlier | gebauer, Markgrafenstr. 67, Kreuzberg, details.

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Friday 24th: Evgen Čopi Gorišek – MATCH POINT

Evgen Čopi Gorišek © Portrait Nick Ask

Created with a mixture of traditional techniques and spray-paint, Gorišek’s large format paintings feature characters taken from popular culture. For this exhibition, entitled MATCH POINT, Gorišek’s has put together a collection of portraits of tennis players (as the title might suggest).

  • 24.02.23 – 18.03.23
  • König Galerie, Alexandrinenstr. 118-121, Kreuzberg, details.

February 25th: The Sun – Source of light in art

Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise, (1872)

This new exhibition at Potsdam’s Barberini Museum celebrates the iconography of the sun in art, from antiquity to the present day. With Monet’s 1872 painting Impression, Sunrise as its point of departure, the showcase explores the sun as a symbol of divine power, an atmospheric element in landscape imagery and an intensification of colour in modern painting.

  • 25.02.23 – 11.06.23
  • Barberini Museum, Humboldtstr. 5-6, Potsdam, details.