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Berlin Art Diary 2019

I’ve spread my wings and added beloved Berlin to my art diary explorations! Here’s a compilation of the shows I’ve loved so far and those I recommend that are upcoming on the art calendar.
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James Turrell: Aural at Jüdisches Museum Berlin
12 April – 6 October
€8 Adult / €5 Concessions

So She Travelled: There are some many incredible artworks at the Jewish Museum in Berlin that I recommend exploring them all before heading to Turrell’s phenomenal colour bath to rejuvenate the senses. Stay centred, gaze into the middle distance and allow at least 20 minutes to let the colour shifts reveal their hidden iconography!

James Turrell: Aural

Evoking Reality at Daimler Contemporary
Until 10 June
Free entry

So She Travelled: I cannot believe this is a free to view show. Outstanding photography and video art exhibition featuring major contemporary artworks by Richard Mosse, Guy Tillim, Cao Fei and many more. One of my favourite experiences of the year.

Original Bauhaus at Berlinische Galerie
6 September 2019 – 27 January 2020

So She Travelled: Excited to see how this centenary celebration presents 14 case histories based upon 14 objects to highlight the 14 years that Bauhaus existed for, influencing art and design for the last 100 years.

Aga Giecko: Bauhaus 100 at Kuratiert Berlin
5 April – 11 May
Free entry

So She Travelled: In the centenary year of Bauhaus there are many fantastic shows on offer exploring this powerhouse of modern design. Giecko’s illustrations are a wonderful facet of the movement collected in one place to enjoy as a whole.

Lotte Laserstein: Face to Face at Berlinische Galerie
5 April – 8 August
€10 Adults / €7 Concessions / Free to under 18’s

So She Travelled: I saw the Laserstein exhibition at Städel Museum, Frankfurt and adored it. Very pleased to witness Germany rediscovering its female artists and putting on more solo shows to begin righting the sizeable imbalance evident.

Lotte Laserstein: Evening Over Potsdam

Lotte Laserstein: Evening Over Potsdam

Dirk Krecker: Ultraviolett at Laura Mars Gallery
6 April – 4 May
Free entry

So She Travelled: A chance to explore the mixed media artworks of sound specialist, Krecker. Combining analog and digital with paperworks and oil paintings, this exhibition explores themes of appearance and disappearance.

Andro Wekua: All Is Fair In Dreams And War at Sprüth Magers
1 February – 6 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: Fascinating video artwork centring around an uncut shot of a burning palm tree set against a scintillating soundscape by Jörg Hiller.

Andro Wekua at Sprüth Magers

Asta Gröting: Not Feeling Too Cheerful at Carlier Gebauer
27 April – 1 June
Free entry

So She Travelled: Looking forward to this Berlin based artist’s fifth solo show with the gallery, exploring themes of repression, vulnerability and injury. Gröting’s latest video, Things, will also be on display.

Beate Baumholzer: Abstractions at Schoenholz Brasserie
5 April – 17 May
Free entry

So She Travelled: I love Baumholzer’s paintings for her mastery of colour layering, which have helped make her a go-to name in the fashion industry. Much more to come from her so perfect timing to get in early and discover fresh work at this restaurant gallery.

A Walking Shadow at Blain | Southern
Until 6 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: 5 artist video art exhibition featuring Wim Wenders and Bill Viola. Highly recommend discovering Mark Lewis through this gallery. His ‘Things Seen’ work featuring a woman emerging from the sea encountering the predatory camera is hauntingly zeitgeist significant.

Mark Lewis at Blain | Southern

The X: 10th Anniversary Show at WHITECONCEPTS
4 April – 28 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: Second part of the gallery’s tenth anniversary exhibition with a 16 artist group show. Showcasing the passage of time and the ten years the gallery has worked with its artists, curated by visionary founder, Nicole Loeser.

And Berlin Will Always Need You at Gropius Bau
22 March – 16 June
€15 Adults / €10 Concessions

So She Travelled: This 20 artist exhibition offers new and past works and installations by the Berlin based collective at the incredible listed venue, Gropius Bau, which is worth the ticket price alone.

Erwin Wurm: The Serious Life Of A Ridiculous Man at König Galerie
9 March – 21 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: If you’re visiting Berlin at any time of year, König Galerie is worth taking a trip to for its brutalist architecture so akin to the Barbican in London. Their curation is always spot on and the welcoming space is one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon in the city.

Erwin Wurm Koenig Galerie

Erwin Wurm at König Galerie

Picasso And His Time at Museum Berggruen
€12 Adults / Concessions available

So She Travelled: If you’ve snapped up a Berlin Pass for your visit, this collection of 120 important Picassos is a must-see as it features the broadest selection of Picasso works, covering his evolving style and technique throughout his life. Also part of the annual Berlin Museums pass for residents or regular visitors to the city.

Beyond Compare: Art From Africa at Bode Museum
Until 2 June 2019
€12 Adults / Concessions available

So She Travelled: Another one for the annual Berlin Museums pass holders and Berlin Pass visitors. Some fantastic sculptures on display throughout the museum from Africa and Europe, juxtaposing them to present the notion that art cannot be compared continentally and should stand alone and be appreciated in its own right.

Helmut Newton: SUMO at Museum Für Fotografie
7 June to 11 November
€10 Adults / €5 Concessions

So She Travelled: My favourite Newton book displayed in all its glory as 400 separate images side by side. Complemented by a secondary exhibition featuring the images by 3 former Newton assistants and master photographers in their own right.

Helmut Newton exhibition

Helmut Newton: SUMO

Urs Fischer: Sirens at Max Hetzler
1 March – 12 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: New works by the formidable German painter and sculptor across both of the Berlin based gallerys’ locations.

Hito Steyerl at Academy of Arts
21 February – 14 April
€5 Adults / €3 Concessions / Free for under 18’s and Tuesdays 3-7pm

So She Travelled: Winner of the Käthe Kollwitz prize 2019, Steyerl is a German multi-disciplinary artist and specialist in creating futuristic, immersive installations inspired by the effects of modern digital life on politics, society and the human psyche.

Picture Cellar at Academy of Arts
Until 30 June
€6 Adults / €4 Concessions

So She Travelled: Awesome underground murals from 1957 preserved in the coal cellars of the Academy building. Painted by Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder and Horst Zickelbein – former master students at the Deutsche Akademie der Künste.

BONUS: Frankfurt!

While I can’t justify an Annual Art Diary post for Frankfurt yet, I can highly recommend Schirn Kunsthalle and their current Djurberg & Berg exhibition. I’m a huge fan of the Berlin based claymation duo and the dark fairytale world they bring to life with cut-throat social commentary and underbelly narratives. The curation and use of space seamlessly blend stop-motion video, VR, objects, music and interactive installations that kept me browsing for 4 hours! Do check it out if you visit the city this year.

Djurberg & Berg at Schirn Kunsthalle
28 February – 26 May

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