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Berlin art: What exhibitions are on now?

What's going on in the art world and which Berlin exhibitions should you check out right now?

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Luis Roque, Estufa

Luiz Roque, White Year, Video still, 2013. Performer: Glamour Garcia. Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo/Brussels/Paris/New York © the artist.

Through sculptural video installations, Brazilian-born artist Luis Roque explores the intersection of modernism, pop culture, queer politics and sci-fi. In ‘Estufa’, a series of short, open-ended videos are melded together, creating seemingly timeless montages.

  • KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr. 69, Mitte, details.
  • 06.07 – 20.10.24
  • Price: €10 (€6 reduced)

Aura’s Present Decay

Photo: Courtesy of Wehrmuehle

Works by artists including Ana Mendieta, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Roman Signer are brought together for this ambitious large-scale exhibition at Wehrmuehle. Examining the idea of an artwork’s essential aura, the showcase asks viewers to bring a holistic approach to their visit and to take their time with each work.

  • Wehrmuehle, Wehrmühlenweg 8, Biesenthal, details.
  • 06.07 – 25.08.24
  • Price: €20

Renate von Mangoldt, Berlin Revisited: Leaps in Time

Approach path at Tempelhof Airport, September 1973, detail © Renate von Mangoldt

Juxtaposing melancholic black and white images of 1970s and 80s West Berlin with colour portraits of a contemporary united city, Renate von Mangoldt’s ‘Berlin Revisited: Leaps in Time’ is street photography at its best.

  • Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstr. 2, Charlottenburg, details.
  • 28.06 – 01.09.24
  • Price: €12 (€6 reduced)

Bedtime Chronicles

Image: SAP SPACE

‘Bedtime Chronicles’ invites participants to enter a kind of dreamscape universe. Bringing together works from eleven artists based between Berlin, Los Angeles and Mexico City, the exhibition provides a whimsical look at the disorientating feelings of midsummer.

  • SAP SPACE, Donaustr. 50, Neukölln, details.
  • 28.06 – 14.07.24
  • Price: Free admission

Ju Young Kim, AEROPLASTICS

Eight miles above sea level 4974 miles and 16 hours to reach you, (2024), aircraft 3-seater bench, stained glass, aluminium and bronze. Copyright The Artist. Photo: Younsik Kim

How does transnational travel force us to unpack our understanding of the relativity of time and space? An exhibition concerned with transitional spaces, Ju Young Jim’s ‘AEROPLASTICS’ transforms elements of industrial transport into surreal and visually dynamic sculptures.

  • max goelitz, Rudi-Dutschke-Str. 26, Mitte, details.
  • 27.06 – 27.07.24
  • Price: Free admission

Last Chance

Nancy Holt: Circles of Light

Holt completes construction of her most discussed work, Sun Tunnels in Utah’s Great Basin Desert. © Holt/Smithson Foundation, photo: Ardele Lister, 1976

For more than five decades, Nancy Holt used her practice of large-scale, often outdoor installations, as a way to understand our relationship with the spaces around us. ‘Circle of Light: Experiments with Sound, Image, Objects 1966-1987’ is the most comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work in Germany to date, and traces the stories of some of her most impactful artworks.

  • Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, Kreuzberg-Mitte, details.
  • 22.03 – 21.07.24
  • €15 (€10 reduced)

Radical Playgrounds

Yvan Pestalozzi, Lozziwurm, 1972, Gabriela Burkhalter – The Playground Project. Photo: Camille Blake

Public spaces of recreation (or the lack thereof) are what make or break a city. They bring us together, but can just as easily reveal what divides us. As spaces of play, performance, risk and participation, city playgrounds are particularly important public spaces. ‘Radical Playgrounds’ transforms the parking lot of the Gropius Bau into a funfair which creates a free public space for understanding how both children and adults can experience the healing power of play.

  • Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, Kreuzberg, details.
  • 27.04 – 14.07.24
  • Price: Free admission

Coming Soon

Women Life Freedom

Jinoos Taghizadeh: from the series “Have you heard anything?”, 2020–2021, Fine Art Print (c) Jinoos Taghizadeh

Bringing together works by six Iranian artists, ‘Women Life Freedom’ takes as its point of departure the death of 22-year-old Zhina Mahsa Amini, who was violently killed by morality police in 2002 for not wearing a hijab in public. Forced to leave their homeland for political reasons, the participating artists each use their unique artistic practices to respond to the violent repression of women in Iran today.

  • Saarländische Galerie – European Art Forum, Charlottenstr. 3, Mitte, details.
  • 14.07 – 03.08.24. Opening event: 14.07 (7pm)
  • Price: Free admission

After Nature Prize 2024 & Dream On. Berlin, the 90s

On September 14, c/o Berlin launches two new exhibitions showcasing the range of the photographic medium. In ‘Dream On. Berlin, the 90s’, works by artists from the East German-founded photo agency OSTKREUZ document the fall of the Berlin Wall and the tumultuous and rave-filled years of unification that followed.

At the fringe of the Love Parade, Berlin, 1997 © Annette Hauschild/OSTKREUZ

Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but the natural world and life under global capitalism are inextricably linked. Today, the effects of the climate emergency show us that the natural world is being deeply impacted by human existence. The 2024 After Nature Prize and its accompanying exhibition present works by Laura Huertas Millán and Sarker Protick which aim to explore this topic.

© Renato Cruz Santos / © Tanjimul Tuhin
  • c/o Berlin, Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstr. 22-24, Charlottenburg, details.
  • 14.09.24 – 23.01.25
  • Price: €12 (€6 reduced)

FOTOGAGA: Max Ernst and Photography

Max Ernst, Histoire Naturelle (page XXIX: la roue de la lumière – Lichtrad), 1926, Sammlung Würth © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

One of the most important artists from the Dadaist and Surrealist movements, Max Ernst is celebrated for his rule-breaking art practice. ‘FOTOGAGA: Max Ernst and Photography’ looks back on the artist’s oeuvre with a fresh perspective, creating points of connection between his hyper-Surrealist work and the establishment of photography as an art form.

  • Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstr. 2, Charlottenburg, details.
  • 18.10.24 – 27.04.25
  • Price: €12 (€6 reduced)

Frans Hals: Master of the Fleeting Moment

Frans Hals, Malle Babbe, detail, circa 1640. Staatliche Museen Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Christoph Schmidt.

Among his fellow Dutch Old Masters of the 17th century, Frans Hals was unique. Beyond his expressive portraiture of the Haarlem elite, Hals was arguably the first Dutch painter to capture images of social outsiders – the local entertainers, village children and impoverished citizens of his home city.

  • Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz, Mitte, details.
  • 12.07 – 03.11.24
  • Price: €12 (€6 reduced)

Sounds of Bethany: 50 Years of Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Installation by Paul Panhuysen (1985). Photo: Pieter Boersma

This year, Künstlerhaus Bethanien celebrates its 50th year as a space of experimentation and innovation for Berlin artists. To mark the occasion, they’re hosting an expansive exhibition showcasing a collection of influential sound-based sculptures produced by Künstlerhaus Bethanien’s artists in residence – past and present.

  • Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Kottbusser Str. 10/d, Kreuzberg, details.
  • 19.07 – 18.08.24
  • Price: Free admission

Nan Goldin: This Will Not End Well

Nan Goldin, Picnic on the Esplanade, Boston, 1973, detail, courtesy the artist.

After winning the Käthe Kollwitz Prize in 2022, artist and activist Nan Goldin is getting one of the greatest prizes of all: a full-scale retrospective at Berlin’s most prestigious art museum. ‘This WIll Not End Well’ showcases the photographer’s work at the end of the twentieth century, when she captured her friends and lovers immersed in a fluid, hedonistic bohemia, full of joy, sensuality and suffering.

  • Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Str. 50, Mitte, details.
  • 23.11.24 – 23.02.25
  • Price: €14 (€7 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions at the Neue Nationalgalerie.

Now Showing

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, The Murmur of the Cosmos: Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2023

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Heilung, 2003 (Nr. 3, 4), Photography, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024 – The Artist

Winner of the 2023 Käthe Kollwitz Prize, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s ‘The Murmur of the Cosmos’ brings together 60 drawings, objects and photographs for a site-specific installation. Drawing on mystical elements and dream-like imagery, de la Horra uses her practice to make sense of her violent upbringing in post-coup Chile.

  • Ademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Tiergarten, details.
  • 19.06 – 25.08.24
  • Price: €6 (€4 reduced), free every Tuesday.

Joséfa Ntjam, Futuristic Ancestry: Warping Matter and Space-time(s)

MOLECULAR GENEALOGIES, 2023, photomontage 3D, ADAGP, Paris, 2023 © Josèfa Ntjam, Nicoletti, London, and Galerie Poggi, Paris

Synthesising images of African mythology, ancestral rituals and motifs from histories of Black independence, ‘Futuristic Ancestry’ explores the nature of collective histories, as well as the pressing need to uncover a new, liberated future. 

  • Fotografiska, Oranienburger Str. 54, Mitte, details.
  • 14.06 – 06.10.24
  • Price: €14 Mon-Wed, €15 Thurs-Fri, €16 Sat-Sun (€8 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions. Free entrance on the first Tuesday of the month.

Galli, See How You Get On

Photo: Edeltrud Veidt

Depicting scenes populated by monsters, mythological creatures and mangled bodies, Galli’s paintings draw on art historical references, literature, religion and mass culture to complicate our perceptions of the body. The artist, now in her 80s, is being celebrated with this major retrospective at PalaisPopulaire.

  • PalaisPopulaire, Unter den Linden 5, Mitte, details.
  • 16.06 – 06.10.24
  • Price: €5 (€3 reduced), free every Monday

Tuli Mekondjo: Ousie Martha

Photo: Ousie Martha, courtesy Basler Afrika Bibliographien

Attempting to address the colonial past of her home nation of Namibia, Tuli Mekondjo uses performance and textile-based artworks to reimagine her country’s history. In ‘Ousie Martha’, Mekondjo highlights the little-known history of female forced labour in Namibia under colonialism, and how the ramifications of that collective trauma can still be felt today.

  • daadgalerie, Oranienstr. 161, Kreuzberg, details.
  • 23.06 – 18.08.24
  • Price: Free admission

Preis der Nationalgalerie 2024: Pan Daijing, Dan Lie, Hanne Lippard, James Richards

James Richards, Qualities of Life: Living in the Radiant Cold, installation view, Penumbra — Fondazione In Between Art Film, Complesso dell’Ospedaletto, Venice, 2022. Courtesy: James Richards; the Estate of Horst Ademeit; Fondazione In Between Art Film, Cabinet, London; Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Rodeo, London / Piraeus / Photo: Andrea Rossetti

For the first time in its more than two decade-long history, the Preis der Nationalgalerie has been awarded to four artists: Pan Daijing, Dan Lie, Hanne Lippard and James Richards. Showcasing four newly produced works in a collaborative-style exhibition, the presentation seamlessly blends Lie’s lush floral installation, Lippard’s minimalist works, Richards’ found images and Daijing’s filmed choreography.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr. 50, Mitte, details
  • 07.06.24 – 05.01.25
  • Price: €14 (€7 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions.

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Being, Seeing, Wandering

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Wedding, Berlin, 2005, from the series ‘African Quarter’, since the 1990s, © Akinbode Akinbiyi

Having worked in Berlin extensively since the early 1990s, UK-born Akinbode Akinbiyi has used his photography to address cultural change and social exclusion. His photo series African Quarter, shot in Wedding over the past three decades, examines the impact of colonialism on social policy and urban planning. This exhibition is part of the 2024 Hannah Höch Prize, which Akinbiyi has just been awarded.

  • Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr. 124-128, Kreuzberg, details.
  • 08.06 – 14.10.24
  • Price: €10 (€6 reduced)

Kate Newby, anything, anything

Kate Newby, anything, anything, 2024, Courtesy the artist.

Through a series of subtle interventions, contemporary artist Kate Newby invites visitors to challenge our perception of the Klosterruine: a 13th-century monastery that was heavily damaged in WWII and then conserved as an open ruin. In the outdoor installation, discarded found materials are repurposed, inviting visitors to contemplate the details that are often overlooked in a crowded city.

  • Klosterruine, Klosterstr. 73a, Mitte, details.
  • 09.06.24 – 27.04.25
  • Price: Free admission

Changing States: Ireland in the 21st Century

© Enda Bowe, Untitled, from the series “Searching for North”

The first major group exhibition to use photography to highlight contemporary Irish life, ‘Changing States: Ireland in the 21st Century’ presents works by 34 artists. The exhibition puts a special focus on the 21st century, which marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the state.

  • Haus am Kleistpark, Grunewaldstr. 6-7, Schöneberg, details.
  • 07.06 – 11.08.24
  • Price: Free admission

Berlin, Berlin: 20 Years of the Helmut Newton Foundation

Photo: Helmut Newton, ‘Wurstmaxe and Consumer,’ Berlin 1991

The name Helmut Newton has been synonymous with bold fashion, nude and portrait photography since his career exploded in the early 1960s. Although lesser-known, Newton’s portrayal of his hometown of Berlin reflects the city as a fantastical backdrop to (in typical Helmut Newton-style) a series of cinematic and sensual moments. Click here to read more about Newton and the legacy of the foundation as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

  • Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstr. 2, Charlottenburg details.
  • 07.06.24 – 16.02.25
  • Price: €12 (€6 reduced)

(Un)seen Stories: Suchen, Sehen, Sichtbarmachen

Sarah Hampel, trainee at Neue Nationalgalerie with Der Redner Nr. I Otto Rühle by Conrad Felixmüller, Neue Nationalgalerie, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Juliane Eirich

The collections of Berlin’s museums are home to countless objects and artefacts, often with hidden and surprising stories behind them. How did these objects come to Berlin? What conversationist work is needed to keep them safe? And how do the many curators and researchers behind the scenes feel about these objects? ‘(Un)seen Stories’ aims to find out.

  • Kupferstichkabinett, Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz, Mitte, details.
  • 31.05 – 25.08.24
  • Price: €8 (€4 reduced)

Ivana Bašiċ, Metempsychosis: The Passion of Pneumatics

Ivana Bašić, “Metempsychosis: The Passion of Pneumatics”. Photo: Ivana Basic Studio. Photography by Sarah Ringrave.

Organic forms oozing out of steel structures, glass, bronze and alabaster transformed into bodily fluids. Through works of sculpture, Yugoslavian-born artist Ivana Bašić brings together aesthetics of the human and the machine as a way to make sense of the violence, chaos and war that tore her home country apart.

  • Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstr. 32, Mitte, details.
  • 07.06 – 01.09.24
  • Price: €6 (€4 reduced)

Andy Warhol: Velvet Rage and Beauty

Self Portrait in Drag (1986) by Andy Warhol, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany. IMAGO / Bridgeman Images

Berlin is having an Andy Warhol moment. As well as the exhibition ‘Andy Warhol: After the Party’ at Fotografiska (through 15.09.24), you can also see works by the influential pop-artist at the Neue Nationalgalerie. ‘Andy Warhol: Velvet Rage and Beauty’ goes beyond the artist’s well-known depictions of consumer goods and celebrities, and examines the fascination with beauty, love and connection behind his practice.

  • Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Str. 50, Mitte, details.
  • 09.06 – 06.10.24
  • Price: €14 (€7 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions.

Die Auto-Perforations-Artisten (F.A.Q)

Die Auto-Perforations-Artisten / Spitze des Fleischbergs / 1986 / Photo: Andreas Rost

In the era of the DDR, art and cultural production was – like most elements of society – dictated by the dominant message of social order. Art was to be orientated towards social realism, and it was exactly this control that, through shocking and subversive performance art, Die Auto-Perforations-Artisten aimed to destroy.

  • KVOST, Leipziger Str. 47, Mitte, details.
  • 25.04 – 27.07.24
  • Price: Free admission

Hoda Takwakol, ROOTS

Hoda Tawakol, Feed Me the Milk of Your Eyes, 2024, exhibition view, Georg Kolbe Museum, 2024, photo: Enric Duch.

Where does culture end and nature begin? With questions like this at the core of her practice, French-Egyptian artist Hoda Tawakol combines explorations of themes to do with the environment and plantlife, as well as body politics and gender identity. In this site-specific installation in the garden of the Georg Kolbe Museum, Tawakol combines native and non-native plants with her own outdoor textile work to create a space for contemplation.

  • Georg Kolbe Museum, Sensburger Allee 25, Westend, details.
  • 26.05 – 13.10.24
  • Price: €8 (€5 reduced)

Josephine Pryde, How Frequency The Eye

Josephine Pryde, N-CT-W 2 (S), 2022, Silver gelatine print, 51.5 × 42.5 cm. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Neu, Berlin and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

‘How Frequency The Eye’ is part of an ongoing series of work in which artist Josephine Pryde investigates the ways in which we create, consume and exchange images. In this showcase at Haus am Waldsee, a short film, prior works and a new series of photographs are brought together to interrogate the interplay between the eye and human consciousness.

  • Haus am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30,  details.
  • 24.05 – 18.08.24
  • Price: €10 (€8 reduced)

Let’s Play Majerus G3

Screenshot of Michel Majerus’ laptop (PowerBook G3), selected by Cory Arcangel, November 2023. Credit: Michel Majerus Estate

‘Let’s Play Majerus G3’ opens more than twenty years after the young Luxembourgish artist Michel Majerus tragically died in a plane crash. Taking as its point of departure the Macintosh Powerbook G3 which the artist used in his late career (and on what might be a macabre note, was actually salvaged from the plane crash wreckage), the exhibition explores the rich tapestry of Majerus’ digital work, examining questions of ownership and originality in an age of shared online networks.

  • Michel Majerus Estate, Knaackstr. 12, Prenzlauer Berg, details.
  • 27.04.24 – 15.03.25
  • Price: Free admission

Andy Warhol: After the Party

Querelle, 1982 © 2024 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by Artist Rights Society, ARS, New York

Behind nights out at Studio 54 and his iconic works of pop art, how much do we really know about Andy Warhol? ‘After the Party’ uncovers Warhol’s little-known private side through a collection of intimate photographs taken by Warhol himself at the height of his fame.

  • Fotografiska Museum Berlin, Oranienburger Str. 54, Mitte, details.
  • 17.05 – 15.09.24
  • Price: €14 Mon-Wed, €15 Thurs-Fri, €16 Sat-Sun (€8 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions. Free entrance on the first Tuesday of the month.

Sticky Fingers – Counterfeit Coins: The Dark Side of Numismatics

Stamps belonging to famed 19th century coin counterfeiter Carl Wilhelm Becker (1772-1830), detail. Image: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Münzkabinett / Franziska V

For as long as people have been minting coins, they have been faking them. The exhibition ‘Sticky Fingers’ takes on the varied history of counterfeit coins – exposing how they were made, who was making them, and the gruesome punishments in store for anyone caught red-handed.

  • Bode-Museum, Am Kupfergraben, Mitte, details.
  • 17.05.24 – 21.09.25
  • Price: €12 (€6 reduced)

Marianna Simnett, Winner

Marianna Simnett, WINNER, (film still), 2024. Courtesy the artist, Société, Berlin.

Winner is a multichannel film installation commissioned for the art and culture programme of the UEFA EURO 2024 tournament. It explores the beautiful game through a three-act ballet, looking at football’s socially constructed power hierarchies, crowd psychology, and constant pressure to perform. Simnett adapted the film from the 1954 short story The Destructors by British author Graham Greene, and her adaptation is performed by a group of contemporary dancers playing fans, players, ticket officers and wardens. The film’s hallucinatory world extends beyond the screen into the exhibition space and museum garden, as visitors are guided through the installation by barriers, like those you would find in a stadium, as the film itself spreads around the space. You’ll even be occasionally interrupted by vendors offering hotdogs and beer.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr. 50, Mitte, details.
  • 17.05.24 – 03.11.24
  • Price: €14 (€7 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

Goddesses and Consorts: Women in Ancient Myth

Amazons in battle with Greeks, detail, Attic red-figure Pelike, c. 400–390 BC © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antique Collection / Johannes Laurentius

Horrid Medusa, passionate Aphrodite, ever-faithful Penelope: Reductionist and stereotypical depictions of women have existed since (and well before) the days of ancient mythology. Inspired by critically feminist readings of ancient texts, ‘Goddesses and Consorts: Women in Ancient Myth’ aims to provide a more nuanced look at the expectations, myths and real lives of women in ancient times.

  • Altes Museum, Bodestr. 1-3, Mitte, details.
  • 24.05.24 – 16.03.25
  • Price: €12 (€6 reduced)

Naama Tsabar, Estuaries

Exhibition view “Naama Tsabar. Estuaries”, Hamburger Bahnhof. Courtesy of the artist and Dvir Gallery, Paris; Kasmin Gallery, New York; Goodman Gallery, London; Nazarian/Curcio, Los Angeles; and Spinello Projects, Miami © Nationalgalerie – Berlin State Museums / Jacopo La Forgia

Blurring together the boundaries between sculpture, performance, music and architecture, Naama Tsabar’s ‘Estuaries’ focuses on three bodies of work that are designed to be activated by visitors. The installation also corresponds with works by Joseph Beuys, which are on show in a parallel hall at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr. 50, Mitte, details.
  • 12.04 – 22.09.24
  • Price: €14 (€7 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions.

Ré-imaginer le passé & Franz Wanner, Mind the Memory Gap

Exhibition view ‘Ré-imaginer le passé’, KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, Maschinenhaus M2. Photo: Jens Ziehe, 2024

The group show ‘Ré-imaginer le passé’ brings together ten artists and collectives from the Global South working in a range of mediums (including textiles, paintings and scent) for a critical examination of the region’s colonial history. Also on at the KINDL is Franz Wanner’s ‘Mind the Memory Gap’, which uses precise photography and analytical texts to report on some of the many German companies that profited off forced labour during Nazi rule.

  • KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art, Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln, details.
  • Ré-imaginer le passé: 24.03 – 28.07.24 and Franz Wanna, Mind the Memory Gap: 24.03 – 14.07.24.
  • Price: €7-€10 (€4 reduced)

Alexandra Pirici, Attune

View of Alexandra Piricis’s exhibition with performance in the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Aktuell, 2024, Courtesy the artist, Hamburger Bahnhof and Audemars Piguet. Photo: Edi Constantin

On a physical, social and even chemical level, we tend to view human and non-human elements as having little to do with one another. To disrupt this, the artist and choreographer Alexandra Pirici brings together two highly unpredictable and unstable natural elements – sand and the human body. Every day, members of Pirici’s ensemble perform, sing and dance among large piles of sand, taking over the central hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof.

Performances take place from 1-5pm on Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, and 3-7pm on Thursday.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr. 50, Mitte, details.
  • 25.04 – 06.10.24
  • Price: €14 (€7 reduced)

Kader Attia, J’accuse

Kader Attia: The Object’s Interlacing, 2020, exhibition view of the Kunsthaus Zurich © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler Berlin/ Cologne/ Munich, © Photo: Kunsthaus Zurich / Franca Candrian

Cultural assets lost and damaged during the colonial era, the disfigured faces of WWI soldiers: Fundamentally, French-Algerian artist Kader Attia is interested in principles of repair. Through two installations The Object’s Interlacing (2020) and the eponymous J’Accuse (2016), Attia tries to build an understanding of restitution as a practice of repair.

  • Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr. 124-128, Kreuzberg, details.
  • 27.04 – 19.08.24
  • Price: €6

Caspar David Friedrich, Infinite Landscapes

Caspar David Friedrich, Abtei im Eichwald, 1809/10Oil on canvas, State Museums in Berlin, Nationalgalerie. Photo: Andres Kilger

Marking the 250th anniversary of the German’s artist’s birth, ‘Caspar David Friederich, Infinite Landscapes’ is one exhibition not to miss this year. On show will be over sixty paintings and fifty drawings by Friederich, including his well known Artic Sea, Chalk Cliffs on Rügen and Monk by the Sea.

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Bodestr. 1-3, Mitte, details.
  • 19.04 – 04.08.24
  • Price: €16 (€8 reduced)

Modigliani: Modern Gazes

Amedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude on a White Cushion, 1917, Oil on canvas, 60 x 92 cm, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.

Bringing together over eighty paintings, drawings and sculptures by Modigliani, as well as his contemporaries (including Gustav Klimt, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso and Jeanne Mammen), ‘Modigliani: Modern Gazes’ is the first retrospective of the artist’s work in Germany in fifteen years, and puts a special focus on Modigliani’s prolific nude female portraits.

  • Museum Barberini, Humboldtstr. 5-6, Potsdam, details.
  • 27.04 – 18.08.24
  • Price: €16 (€10 reduced)

Soft Power 

Hamid Zénati stages one of his textile works as a performative sculpture in the ocean during his travels, 1990s © Hamid Zénati estate. Photo: Hamid Zénati

Often dismissed as lowly womens’ work fit only for the domestic sphere, textile art is being put in the spotlight with the exhibition ‘Soft Power’. Celebrating the ways in which textiles, fibre art and soft sculpture-making have been used as disruptive forces against traditional styles of cultural production, this exhibition also examines the webs of productions and trade that continue to transport textiles and the people who produce them across continents.

  • DAS MINSK, Max-Planck-Str. 17, Potsdam details.
  • 16.03 – 11.08.24
  • Price: €10 (€8 reduced)

Michelle Jezierski, Verge

Michelle Jezierski: Lapse, 2024, diptych, oil and acrylic on canvas 9180×400cm). Photo: Marcus Schneider

It’s worth the heading down to Steglitz to see this Berlin-based painter’s first solo institution exhibition. A well-known figure on the scene, Jezierski’s wonderfully evocative canvases mix gestural freedom with tight geometric ruthlessness.

  • Schwartzsche Villa, Grunewaldstr. 55, Steglitz, details.
  • 22.03 – 18.08.24
  • Price: Free entry

Joseph Beuys 

Joseph Beuys, Das Kapital Raum 1970–1977, detail, 1980, State Museums in Berlin, National Gallery, Marx Collection © State Museums in Berlin, National Gallery / Thomas Bruns © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

One of the most influential figures in Modern art, Joseph Beuyes is being celebrated with a large-scale new exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof. Made up of around 15 works, including important installations like Tram Stop: A monument to the future (1976) and Das Kapital Raum, 1970-1977 (1980), the exhibition showcases the complex life and work of Beuys.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstr. 50-51, Mitte, details
  • 22.03.24 – Until further notice
  • Price: To be confirmed

Extreme Tension: Art between politics and society – Collection of the Nationalgalerie 1945 – 2000

Barnett Newman: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue IV, 1969/70, Staatliche Museen zu
Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, 1982. Acquired with the support of the Verein der Freunde der National Galerie. Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2023 / Photo: Vog

An expansive survey of art created during the second half of the 20th century, ‘Extreme Tension’ showcases a number of daring and diverse artworks. Political and social unrest characterised the post-war collection, which features key works from East and West Germany, Western Europe, the Soviet Union and the USA.

  • Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Str. 50, Mitte, details.
  • 18.11.23 – 28.09.25
  • Price: €14 (€7 reduced) for entrance to all exhibitions at the Neue Nationalgalerie.

Flow: The Exhibition on Menstruation

Sanitary belt, worn in Berlin, probably 1960s © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Combining personal accounts, archival objects, interviews, music, film and art, ‘Flow: The Exhibition on Menstruation’ examines the discourses, debates and culture around periods. Why is there still a stigma about menstruation? How can we dismantle the culture of shame? And why does modern science still have so far to go in this field? These are just a few of the questions at the core of this exhibition.

  • Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Arnimallee 25, Dahlem, details.
  • 06.10.23 – 06.10.24
  • Price: €8 (€4 reduced)

Unbound: Performance as Rupture

Julien Creuzet, installation view, UNBOUND, JSF Berlin. Photo: Alwin Lay

A group exhibition examining how artists of different generations have related to the body, ‘Unbound: Performance as Rupture’ focuses on significant works of video art and (recorded) performance art. 

  • Julia Stoschek Foundation, Leipziger Str. 60, Mitte, details.
  • 14.09.23 – 28.07.24
  • Price: €5

Roads not Taken

Nocturnal thermonuclear explosion in Nevada USA, 5 July 1957. Photo: National Archives, Washington, D.C. / Public Domain

This new exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum looks back at a series of decisive historical events throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, imagining what would have happened if things had turned out differently. Exploring alternative outcomes to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first presence of tanks at Checkpoint Charlie, the Nazi’s election victory and more. For the exhibition, staged pictures are juxtaposed with documentation of real events, such as the nuclear explosion in Nevada in 1957.

  • Deutsches Historisches Museum, Unter den Linden 2, Mitte, details.
  • 09.12.22 – 24.11.24
  • Price: €7 (€3.50 reduced), free admission for visitors under 18.