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Deutsches Historisches Museum - Zeughaus © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Top exhibitions in Berlin

Acclaimed art from all over the world

Over the next few years, Berlin will be putting on interesting and fascinating exhibitions, ranging from ancient Chinese paintings to the Bauhaus, from Martin Luther to Pablo Picasso.

Visit Berlin’s museums and allow yourself to be impressed by the works of art.

Felix Club

The Art of Banksy (2017 June 15 to October 30)

Beyond the traditional realm of the established art world and spawned from a movement that makes its own rules, Banksy is arguably the most famous, yet enigmatic artist to dominate the contemporary world.Banksy’s street art has appeared all over the world with humorous, politically-slanted and sometimes challenging works.Curated by the artists’ former manager, Steve Lazarides, the exhibition presents the largest collection of Banksy artworks with a total value of more than 20 million Pounds. Lazarides has selected a couple of the artist’s most talked about and topical artworks, including the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Kate Moss’ and ‘Media’.

Banksy in Berlin
Banksy in Berlin © visitBerlin

Museum Barberini

From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art (17 June to 3 October 2017)

In this exhibition, you can see how American art evolved from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. The focus is on the masterpieces of Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and Mark Rothko.

Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR (28 October 2017 to 4 February 2018)

In the GDR, even art had a political function. The exhibition explores the role of artists in the GDR’s political system. The exhibition clearly demonstrates how artists in the GDR positioned themselves in relation to the state system: either they played the role prescribed by the authorities or they withdrew from public life completely.

Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage (24 February to 10 June 2018)

Max Beckmann (1884–1950) is one of the most influential German painters of the 20th century. In this exhibition, you will be able to find how the world of the theatre, circus and music halls fascinated him.

View of Potsdam’s historic center with the Museum Barberini
View of Potsdam’s historic center with the Museum Barberini © Helge Mundt

Martin-Gropius-Bau

The Luther Effect: 500 Years of Protestantism in the World (12 April to 5 November 2017)

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Deutsches Historisches Museum invites you to travel the world and back in time in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Discover how Protestantism developed over five centuries and on four continents.
In The Luther Effect you can see how diverse Protestantism is, what effect it has had over the centuries – but also the conflicts that have arising in consequence thereof. Look at the history of Sweden, Korea, Tanzania or the USA to see how Protestantism has changed people and itself over the centuries.

© Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin

 

Pergamon Museum

Art of Islamic Cultures (1 January 2000 until further notice)

In the Museum of Islamic Art, you can see the art of Islamic peoples from the eighth to the nineteenth century. The permanent exhibition is situated in the south wing of the Pergamon Museum. The art works come from an area that stretches from Spain to India. Discover, among other things, the stone façade of Mshatta, the stucco walls from palaces in Samarra, the painted wooden panelling of the Aleppo Room, and wall ceramics as prayer niches from Turkey and Iran.

Entrance of Pergamon Museum
Entrance of Pergamon Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: René Lichtenstein

Neues Museum

Ancient Egypt (17 October 2009 until further notice)

Just the numbers are impressive: over 2500 exhibits in an area of 3600 square meters on three floors. Immerse yourself in the world of ancient Egypt, located in the northern wing of the Neues Museum. Sacrificial chambers give an impression of the cult of death and the gods as well as the everyday life of the people of that time. A special highlight is the bust of Nefertiti in the North Dome Room of the Neues Museum. It provides – in conjunction with the other sculptures of the exhibition – an impression of what the people and kings of ancient Egypt looked like.

Neues Museum in Berlin: Egyptian hall
Neues Museum: Egyptian hall © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

 

China and Egypt: Cradles of the World (6 July to 3 December 2017)

Very few cultures have shaped humanity for as long and as decisively as the Chinese culture and the Egyptian culture – over thousands of years. Travel back in time through the eras of both civilizations and compare their similarities and differences. The exhibition offers the opportunity of seeing many exhibits from the Middle Kingdom that have never been shown in Europe before. Let yourself be guided by the 250 exhibits through a period spanning over five thousand years.

© Xuzhou Museum

Museum Berggruen

Picasso and his Time (16 March 2013 until further notice)

The Museum Berggruen presents unique works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Alberto Giacometti. Pablo Picasso alone is represented with more than 120 works, including such central works as the “Seated Harlequin” from 1905 in his Rose Period, “The Yellow Sweater” from 1939 as well as an impressive detailed study for “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” – one of the most important paintings of the 20th century. Paul Klee's creations are explained by the 70 works by him on show. Masterpieces by Cézanne and Braque complement the collection.

Museum Berggrün
Museum Berggrün © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

 

Gemäldegalerie

MANTEGNA and BELLINI: Masters of the Renaissance (1 March 2019 to 30 June 2019)

They are two of the most important artists of the early Renaissance, who also happened to be brothers-in-law: Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini. Learn how the two close associates influenced each other and together shaped the early Renaissance. The exhibition compares the works of both painters. You can see the many paintings and drawings of these two Renaissance masters next to each other for the first time in this exhibition and identify the many parallels.

© Andrea Mantegna, Die Darbringung Christi im Tempel © Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Christoph Schmidt

 

Schloss Babelsberg

Pückler: Babelsberg – The Green Prince and the Empress (29 April to 15 October 2017)  

Prince Pückler would have been delighted: after seven decades, visitors can finally enjoy the artificial fountains and water scenery in Babelsberg Park in Potsdam once more. Noisy waterfalls, quiet lakes and splashing fountains liven up this park in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin”. This was reason enough to devote an exhibition to the garden designer Pückler in Schloss Babelsberg – situated in the midst of one of his most important creations. The palace offers visitors fascinating views through large windows of the restored terraces, the Babelsberg Park and Potsdam’s park landscape.

DHM

1917 Revolution: Russia and Europe (18 October 2017 to 15 April 2018)

The October Revolution in Russia took place exactly one hundred years ago and its effects are still noticeable today – an aspect that also applies to Berlin in particular. How did it come to a revolution in 1917? What cultural development occurred due to the system change? What influence does the October Revolution have on today’s conflicts?
Revisit the events of 1917 and see examples of how the civil war in Russia ultimately led to the founding of the Soviet Union in 1922. The exhibition depicts how in the 1920s and 1930s the communist Soviet Union already developed into a state that was opposed to the other capitalist countries of Europe – providing a foretaste of the cold war.

Bauhaus-Archiv

Light! Photography at the New Bauhaus Chicago (15 November 2017 to 5 March 2018)

Bauhaus does not merely refer to the art school established by Walter Gropius in 1919: it quickly became synonymous with contemporary architecture, modern design and contemporary craftsmanship. The Bauhaus movement still characterizes artists and designers to this day – not only in Germany, but throughout the world. As in the USA, where László Moholy-Nagy founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago in 1937. Teachers such as György Kepes, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Arthur Siegel made a substantial contribution to this school of design and photography. Photographs, films, publications and documents revive the experimental joy at this legendary sphere of creativity.

The Feuerle Collection

Contemporary Art and Antiques

Even the location of the exhibition is exceptional and steeped in history: the British architect John Pawson has renovated a Second World War bunker to house the collection of the art consultant Désiré Feuerle. On show are works by contemporary artists, as well as antique exhibits from China and Southeast Asia. A large part of these are from the eras of the great Chinese dynasties – from the Han Dynasty, which begins 200 years before Christ, to the Qing  Dynasty, which continues up to the 20th Century.
Furthermore, the collection juxtaposes the ancient exhibits with works by contemporary artists such as Christina Iglesias, Adam Fuss, Nobuyoshi Araki, Anish Kapoor, Zeng Fanzhi or James Lee Byars.

© The Feuerle Collection, Foto: def image

German Cinematheque: Museum of Film and Television

Master of Light: Robby Müller (6 July to 5 November 2017)

In July, the Museum of Film and Television will open the exhibition “Robby Müller – Master of Light” and present the cinematographic work of one of the most important and influential cameramen of international cinema. Johnny Depp gliding on a river in a canoe, Björk dancing as the immigrant Selma in a factory or Nastassja Kinski as a showgirl in bright red top – iconic moments of the films “Dead Man”, “Paris, Texas” and “Dancer in the Dark” captured by the legendary cameraman Robby Müller. Hear what directors, such as Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier, Jim Jarmusch and Steve McQueen, have to say about Müller’s outstanding abilities. See what life is like on a film set from Müller’s perspective, with documents, scripts and dozens of film shots from Müller's private archive.

Inside the Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin
Inside the Museum für Film und Fernsehen © Marian Stefanowski
Charlottenburger Chaussee 109
13597 Berlin
marian@ich.ms
www.marian-stefanowski.de

The Stasi Museum: Memorial at Normannenstrasse

Open-Air Exhibition: Revolution and the Fall of the Wall – Permanent Exhibition

You can experience history in almost every corner of Berlin – but hardly anywhere to the degree of the open-air exhibition “Revolution and the Fall of the Wall” on the site of the former Stasi headquarters. Walk through the bilingual permanent exhibition, in the midst of one of the scenes of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. Allow yourself to be guided, chronologically or thematically, through the events, with the assistance of the three theme worlds of Awakening, Revolution and Unity. Thereby allowing you to relive history, from the beginnings of the protest, to the fall of the Wall and German unity in 1990.

© Visualisierung: Kulturprojekte/Daniel Büche

Liebermann Villa on the Wannsee

Conflict on Lake Wannsee – Country retreat and playground for the masses (9 July to 3 October 2017)

For a long time, the Wannsee was a retreat for Berlin’s upper class. At the beginning of the 20th century, the new suburban railway connection turned it into a recreational centre for workers and their families, who used it as a giant “bathtub”. The exhibition explores, from an artistic aspect, this conflict between villa owners such as Max Liebermann and Hugo Vogel, and the day trippers to the open-air bathing beach at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition includes works by Max Liebermann, Philipp Franck, Hugo Vogel, Paul Paeschke and Heinrich Zille. They disclose the two sides of the Wannsee – and thus the different lifestyles of the upper class and the working-class families in Berlin.

Eingang der Liebermann Villa mit Bäumen
Eingang der Liebermann Villa © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen