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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So She Travelled: Fascinating video artwork centring around an uncut shot of a burning palm tree set against a scintillating soundscape by Jörg Hiller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So She Travelled: New works by the formidable German painter and sculptor across both of the Berlin based gallerys’ locations.
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.
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.
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.