The first exhibition gives an overview of the art collection of the house, whose spectrum consists of works from 1896 to today. The theme of freedom runs like a thread through the entire selection.
The exhibition can be seen on site at the Willy Brandt House and virtually, and an audio guide app (fkwbh) completes the experience.
For 25 years, the Willy Brandt House in Berlin has been a place for culture in the center of Berlin. From the beginning, the house's art collection has been part of its repertoire - along with photography exhibitions - and has been presented in the form of guided tours and selected exhibitions. Its fund comprises thousands of exhibits."The compilation of the selected works from over 100 years is to be the prelude to diverse encounters with visual art in the Willy Brandt House. From now on, artistic positions will constantly play a new role in our program, even outside the collection," explains Mirja Linnekugel, head of the collection Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus.
- The app fkwbh also offers an audio guide with images and texts for adults and children for use at home as well as for visits to the Willy Brandt House.
- It provides detailed information about the exhibits in the current art exhibition and can be played in German and English.
- The tour is free of charge and possible both in the Willy Brandt House and digitally
- Audio guide app fkwbh in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
ART in the Willy Brandt House - an overview
In the first part of the opening exhibition, works of Classical Modernism can be seen that address the period of social upheaval in the Weimar Republic and later show the fate of persecution and expulsion by the National Socialists, also of artists.
The freedom of art and the individual is also the theme of the second part of the exhibition, when the spectrum of non-conformist art of the GDR is illuminated with a few examples. The commemoration of the uprisings in the former GDR on June 17, 1953, as well as the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961, offer further reasons to look back on this part of German history.
Finally, there are more current positions to consider: Very often, visitors encounter Berlin - be it as a motif or as the artists' center of life. But "art from East Germany" also lives on in reunified Germany, because the artists' origins and their early socialization continue to play an important role.
In Focus: Roland Borchers
The special exhibition by Roland Borchers runs from June 17 - October 3, 2021.
The first thematic focus of the series "ART in the Willy Brandt House" is on the artist Roland Borchers, to whom a special exhibition in the Willy Brandt House will be dedicated.
The collection of the house has an extensive collection from different periods of the work of Roland Borchers.
The special exhibition will provide an insight into this collection for the first time. 16 paintings, drawings and graphics from the period 1984 to 2014 bring the artist's world of ideas and thoughts closer. Roland Borchers was born in Leipzig in 1958 and completed his artistic training in the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
He became known nationally and internationally primarily for his landscapes, which play with the contrast of abstraction and figuration and have an almost haptically tangible colorfulness.
The exhibition shows, among other things, graphics that were created during his student days in the GDR, but also more recent works from 2014, in which Roland Borchers deals with his origins and goes in search of traces. In addition to large-format, colorful canvases, visitors will also encounter small, sketchy works and be taken on a journey to the artist's secret places of longing.