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March exhibitions: Six not to miss

You don't have to wait until Gallery Weekend in April to see some great art. We've got a list of six for March to tide you over.

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Leiko Ikemura: III
Since the Berlinale shook the art world awake from its extended winter hibernation the number of excellent shows has certainly gone up. It suddenly feels like Berlin Gallery Weekend (April 29-May 1) and the Berlin Biennale (June 4-September 18) are just around the corner. To get that brain ready for it all flex your art-appreciation muscles at some of the impacting exhibitions up now tackling identity, politics, loss, and understanding head on.  Leiko Ikemura  …And Suddenly the Wind Turns  The enduring beauty of Ikemura’s work has garnered much international attention over the last three decades. Now she returns to the Haus am Waldsee after a small-scale exhibition in August 2015 to show oil and pigment paintings, sculptures and photographs. The Japanese-born, Berlin- and Cologne-based artist will exhibit pieces made after her mother’s death and the Fukushima nuclear disaster to question how artists should move forward in times of tumultuous global uncertainty. ART Through Apr 17, Haus am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30, Zehlendorf, U-Bhf Krumme Lanke, Tue-Sun 11-18
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Walking in Vienna, 1965
Günter Brus  Zones of Disruption The notorious Austrian artist is finally having his first retrospective solo in Berlin. The co-founder of the controversial 1960s Viennese Actionist movement, which critiqued the state’s latent fascism and boasted participants like Hermann Nitsch and Valie Export, actually fled to West Berlin after being arrested and sentenced to six months in prison for his performance in Vienna, Kunst und Revolution, which involved four different bodily functions. Brace yourself for videos, drawings and images that are horrific and violent. ART Mar 12-Jun 6, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, Kreuzberg, S+U-Bhf Potsdamer Platz, Wed-Mon 10-19
Image for March exhibitions: Six not to miss Tal R  Garbage Man  The Copenhagen-based artist sees art as an essential means of exploring, and even escaping, the often-conflicted duality of his Israeli-Jewish and Scandinavian identity. He has depicted everything from street-corner cafés to naïve portraits to surreal Cubist scenes that do not shy away from the humorous exoticisation of his subjects, mostly rendered expressionistically in vibrant colours. Expect to see snippets of each in this encyclopaedic exhibition of approximately 200 images made over the past 20 years. AB Mar 12-Apr 23, Contemporary Fine Arts, Am Kupfergraben 10, Mitte, S+U-Bhf Friedrichstr., Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat 11-18
Image for March exhibitions: Six not to miss Julian Rosefeldt  Manifesto  The cinematic world of Manifesto consists of thirteen screens, and thirteen stories, but just one protagonist – Cate Blanchett. Transforming from scientist, to punk, to news reporter, her everyday personas have one big thing in common: they each recite, and thus resurrect, famous manifestos by everyone from Karl Marx, to Elaine Sturtevant, to Jim Jarmusch. After two years of research and production, the Berlin-based artist Julian Rosefeldt has tackled this revolutionary format in a complex new installation that both confounds and captivates. ART Through July 10, Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidester. 50-51, Mitte, S+U Bhf Hauptbahnhof, Tue-Wed, Fri 10-18, Thu 10-20, Sat-Sun 11-18
Image for March exhibitions: Six not to miss Seiichi Furuya  Gravitation The photographs in Gravitation make up a world of their own, somewhere between Izu, Japan and Dresden, Germany. The interpreter-turned-photographer focuses his camera on the ground, anchoring a life filled with sorrowful events, including the suicide of his wife, Christine. One photograph of a lone black snake, slithering diagonally across scorched soil, stands out amidst a strong selection of striking compositions, shrouded in black and steeped in memory, that will likely quench the thirst of Berlin’s dark art lovers. AB Through Apr 20, Galerie Thomas Fischer, Potsdamer Str. 77-87, Haus H, Tiergarten, U-Bhf Kurfürstenstr., Tue-Sat 11-18
Image for March exhibitions: Six not to miss Anna Oppermann  Paradoxical Intentions  A room full of sheets of paper, clutter and general chaos blends into a kaleidoscopic reflection of the late Hamburg artist’s mind. Anna Oppermann drew inspiration from pop and conceptual art to question the distinction between reality and fiction, so it’s fitting that the central piece on view is a splintered mirror surrounded by varied renderings of it. Oppermann curated her work as an invitation to view her world, and even though the orientation at Galerie Barbara Thumm is reversed, each angle offers up new truths about this self-reflexive and political artist. AB Through Apr 16, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Markgrafenstr. 68, Kreuzberg, U-Bhf Kochstr., Tue-Fri 11-18, Sat 12-18