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We focus on interaction and a love of art. The museum offers public tours every day. Workshops for adults and children enrich the program. A program of events also runs parallel to the exhibitions.

22. November
11:00
The Museum Barberini: Art and Architecture
The Museum Barberini offers public tours of the current exhibition every day, except Tuesday, at 11 a.m., 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings at 5 p.m.
12:00
The Museum Barberini: Art and Architecture
The Museum Barberini offers public tours of the current exhibition every day, except Tuesday, at 11 a.m., 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings at 5 p.m.
15:00
The Museum Barberini: Art and Architecture
The Museum Barberini offers public tours of the current exhibition every day, except Tuesday, at 11 a.m., 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings at 5 p.m.

Events

Jutta Voigt reads from her novel "Stierblutjahre. Die Boheme des Ostens" (Bull’s Blood Years: Bohemians of the East)
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 7 pm

Jutta Voigt discusses the desire for a different life in East Germany. In the foreword of her book she writes, “The history of Bohemians in East Germany is one of new beginnings and disappointment, of avant-garde and indifference. But also one of the love of the game and the power of presumption. Bohemians in the East chain smoked and drank red wine, their favorite being the best there was, Egri Bikavér, or Bull’s Blood from Hungary.” Jutta Voigt studied philosophy in the 1960s at the Humboldt University in Berlin and was a part of the Bohemian scene in Prenzlauer Berg.

In cooperation with Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam
Free
Sponsored by Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur

Reservations are recommended:
T + 49 331 289 6600, www.bibliothek.potsdam.de
Location: Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam,
Am Kanal 47, 14467 Potsdam

© Milena Schlosser

© Milena Schlosser

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 7 pm

Jutta Voigt discusses the desire for a different life in East Germany. In the foreword of her book she writes, “The history of Bohemians in East Germany is one of new beginnings and disappointment, of avant-garde and indifference. But also one of the love of the game and the power of presumption. Bohemians in the East chain smoked and drank red wine, their favorite being the best there was, Egri Bikavér, or Bull’s Blood from Hungary.” Jutta Voigt studied philosophy in the 1960s at the Humboldt University in Berlin and was a part of the Bohemian scene in Prenzlauer Berg.

In cooperation with Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam
Free
Sponsored by Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur

Reservations are recommended:
T + 49 331 289 6600, www.bibliothek.potsdam.de
Location: Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam,
Am Kanal 47, 14467 Potsdam

© Milena Schlosser

© Milena Schlosser

Lecture Series: Art in the GDR

The exhibition Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR explores the self-expression of artists as individuals. The widespread stereotype of state-sponsored artists gets in the way of seeing individual artists and the different living and working conditions of artists in the former East Germany. Almost 30 years after the end of the GDR, we have the opportunity to talk to contemporary witnesses about their experiences, perceptions and evaluations.

€ 10 / reduced € 8

Auditorium

The exhibition Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR explores the self-expression of artists as individuals. The widespread stereotype of state-sponsored artists gets in the way of seeing individual artists and the different living and working conditions of artists in the former East Germany. Almost 30 years after the end of the GDR, we have the opportunity to talk to contemporary witnesses about their experiences, perceptions and evaluations.

€ 10 / reduced € 8

Auditorium

From the Lecture Series: Art in the GDR
Curriculum Vitae: Artists and Their Work
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, 7 pm

A discussion with Hartwig Ebersbach, Prof. Else Gabriel, and Prof. Hans-Hendrik Grimmling

The evening will focus on artistic and biographical issues – the development of individuals and the selection of creative subject matter as well the conditions under which art was studied in East Germany. Hartwig Ebersbach conspicuously presents himself in the center of his artistic work. Between 1979 and 1983 he taught the only class for experimental art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. As a member of the Autoperforation performance group, Else Gabriel caused irritation and made waves in Dresden and Berlin. Today she works at the Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin. The painter Hans-Hendrik Grimmling was a co-initiator of the 1st Leipzig Herbstsalon in 1984, one of the important events in artistic self-assertion in East Germany. Until recently he taught at the BTK University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

From the Lecture Series: Art in the GDR
Instances of Art Education
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 7 pm

A discussion with Matthias Flügge, Gerd Harry Lybke, and Jutta Penndorf

In spite of regulation and repression, it was possible to find ways to present art in museums, journals, or private spaces in East Germany that did not conform to the official agenda if those involved wanted to. Matthias Flügge is a curator and art historian who was the editor of the journal Bildende Kunst from 1977 to 1984. Today he is rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. In 1983, Gerd Harry Lybke opened his Galerie Eigen + Art in Leipzig. He is one of the leading art dealers for contemporary art in Germany. Until 2012, Jutta Penndorf was the director of the Lindenau Museum in Altenburg and is a member of the Sächsische Akademie der Künste.

Barberini Quiz

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 5.30–9 pm

Why are bananas bent? No idea, but can you heal wounds or make good paint with them? These and many other strange questions will be asked and answered by Seitenquiz in entertaining and sometimes chaotic quiz rounds. The activists from Seitenquiz turn the theme of the exhibition on its head. The winner will be the unofficial Barberini quiz champion, and even if you don't know anything about art, you still have an excellent chance to win during this evening of entertainment.

5:30 p.m.: Tour of the exhibition, meet in the foyer
6–8 p.m.: Barberini quiz with Seitenquiz: Auditorium
6–9 p.m.: Music and drinks in the foyer with cocktails mixed by Bar Fritz’N.

Young Friends free / Students € 5 / Friends € 3
Regular € 17 / reduced € 13

Tickets

Why are bananas bent? No idea, but can you heal wounds or make good paint with them? These and many other strange questions will be asked and answered by Seitenquiz in entertaining and sometimes chaotic quiz rounds. The activists from Seitenquiz turn the theme of the exhibition on its head. The winner will be the unofficial Barberini quiz champion, and even if you don't know anything about art, you still have an excellent chance to win during this evening of entertainment.

5:30 p.m.: Tour of the exhibition, meet in the foyer
6–8 p.m.: Barberini quiz with Seitenquiz: Auditorium
6–9 p.m.: Music and drinks in the foyer with cocktails mixed by Bar Fritz’N.

Young Friends free / Students € 5 / Friends € 3
Regular € 17 / reduced € 13

Tickets

Conference for the exhibition Henri-Edmond Cross 
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

In the 1880s a style of painting emerged from Impressionism. Known as Pointillism, it placed small brilliant dabs of paint next to each other, fragmenting reality into single bits of color. One of its most important representatives was Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910), who was a follower of anarchist principles promoting a Utopian society. In cooperation with the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, the Museum Barberini will be showing the first retrospective of this Neo-Impressionist’s work in Germany from November 17, 2018 to February 17, 2019.

Talks by Marina Ferretti, Annette Haudequet, Monique Nonne, and others will present this French artist in the context of European modernism.

€ 10 / € 8 reduced rate
Students admitted free of charge

Tickets

Henri-Edmond Cross: Bullfight, c. 1891/92, private collection

Henri-Edmond Cross: Bullfight, c. 1891/92, private collection

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

In the 1880s a style of painting emerged from Impressionism. Known as Pointillism, it placed small brilliant dabs of paint next to each other, fragmenting reality into single bits of color. One of its most important representatives was Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910), who was a follower of anarchist principles promoting a Utopian society. In cooperation with the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, the Museum Barberini will be showing the first retrospective of this Neo-Impressionist’s work in Germany from November 17, 2018 to February 17, 2019.

Talks by Marina Ferretti, Annette Haudequet, Monique Nonne, and others will present this French artist in the context of European modernism.

€ 10 / € 8 reduced rate
Students admitted free of charge

Henri-Edmond Cross: Bullfight, c. 1891/92, private collection

Henri-Edmond Cross: Bullfight, c. 1891/92, private collection

Tickets

Concert and Discussion: Soundscapes "Overtones: Painting and Music in East Germany"
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 7 pm

Clemens Goldberg, host and critic of Kulturradio rbb, talks about composition in painting and music on the basis of paintings in the exhibition and compositions created during the East German period. He discusses these topics with musicians from the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Dr. Ortrud Westheider, director of the Museum Barberini.

Host: Clemens Goldberg, Berlin
Following the concert and discussion, audience members have a special opportunity to visit the exhibition and compare notes at the Café Barberini.

In cooperation with the Kammerakademie Potsdam
€ 20 / reduced € 15
Auditorium

Tickets

Willi Sitte: Woman Leaning, 1957, Museum Barberini, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

Willi Sitte: Woman Leaning, 1957, Museum Barberini, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 7 pm

Clemens Goldberg, host and critic of Kulturradio rbb, talks about composition in painting and music on the basis of paintings in the exhibition and compositions created during the East German period. He discusses these topics with musicians from the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Dr. Ortrud Westheider, director of the Museum Barberini.

Host: Clemens Goldberg, Berlin
Following the concert and discussion, audience members have a special opportunity to visit the exhibition and compare notes at the Café Barberini.

In cooperation with the Kammerakademie Potsdam
€ 20 / reduced € 15
Auditorium

Willi Sitte: Woman Leaning, 1957, Museum Barberini, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

Willi Sitte: Woman Leaning, 1957, Museum Barberini, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

Tickets

Film Series
accompanying the exhibition "Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR"

With its series of cinematic works by Jürgen Böttcher (Strawalde), Lutz Dammbeck, A. R. Penck, Cornelia Schleime, Gabriele Stötzer, and others, the Film Museum is showing how artists in East Germany also used film as a means of implementing or questioning their aesthetic strategies by examining their own profession. A motion picture by director Konrad Wolf and television reports add additional perspectives to the theme of artists in the GDR.

Visitors to the Museum Barberini or these showings will receive a discount on admission to the other museum upon presentation of their ticket.

Ticket reservations:

T +49 331 27181-12, ticket@filmmuseum-potsdam.de

€ 6 / reduced € 5

Filmmuseum Potsdam, Breite Str. 1a/Marstall, 14467 Potsdam

A. R. Penck: Me, 1970, Privatsammlung über Neues Museum. Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nürnberg, Photo: Stiftung Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

A. R. Penck: Me, 1970, Privatsammlung über Neues Museum. Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nürnberg, Photo: Stiftung Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

accompanying the exhibition "Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR"

With its series of cinematic works by Jürgen Böttcher (Strawalde), Lutz Dammbeck, A. R. Penck, Cornelia Schleime, Gabriele Stötzer, and others, the Film Museum is showing how artists in East Germany also used film as a means of implementing or questioning their aesthetic strategies by examining their own profession. A motion picture by director Konrad Wolf and television reports add additional perspectives to the theme of artists in the GDR.

Visitors to the Museum Barberini or these showings will receive a discount on admission to the other museum upon presentation of their ticket.

Ticket reservations:

T +49 331 27181-12, ticket@filmmuseum-potsdam.de

€ 6 / reduced € 5

Filmmuseum Potsdam, Breite Str. 1a/Marstall, 14467 Potsdam

A. R. Penck: Me, 1970, Privatsammlung über Neues Museum. Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nürnberg, Photo: Stiftung Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

A. R. Penck: Me, 1970, Privatsammlung über Neues Museum. Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nürnberg, Photo: Stiftung Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

Film Series
Subversionen in East Germany
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 7 pm

An independent film scene emerged in East Germany at the end of the 1970s in which artists countered GDR reality with their own virtual reality.

Introduction: Dr. Claus Löser (film historian)

Terror in Dresden
D: A. R. Penck, GDR 1978, in German, 20 min.

Animated Film 3 – Esclapantes oder Sommer in Uhlenhorst
D: Andreas Dress, GDR 1983, in German, 16 min.

Lokalbestimmung
D: Gabriele Stötzer, GDR 1984, in German, 15 min.

Mirabilia
D: E. Wolfgang Hartzsch, GDR 1988, in German, 20 min.

Zwischen Gold und Gelb kann nur noch Licht fallen
D: Cornelia Schleime, GDR 1989, in German, 18 min.

At Filmmuseum Potsdam

Film Series
Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 7 pm

Konrad Wolf’s succinctly narrative satire addresses the contradictory situation of the artist in a socialist society. Contemporary television reports supplement the film.

D: Konrad Wolf, with Kurt Böwe, Ursula Karusseit, GDR 1974, in German, 101 min.

Introduction: Dr. Thomas Beutelschmidt (media historian)

At Filmmuseum Potsdam

Film Series
Films and Artist Interview with Lutz Dammbeck
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 7 pm

Leipzig-born artist Lutz Dammbeck was one of the initiators of the 1st Leipzig Herbstsalon in 1984, a semi-legal exhibition of six artist friends. In 1995, he created a film about the generation of his teachers which included Werner Tübke and Bernhard Heisig.

Host: Ralf Schenk, DEFA-Stiftung (t.b.c.)

1. Leipziger Herbstsalon
D: Lutz Dammbeck, GDR 1984/2017, in German, 22 min.

Dürers Erben
D: Lutz Dammbeck, D 1995, in German, 58 min.

At Filmmuseum Potsdam

Donnerstag, 18. Januar 2018, 17 Uhr

In der Reihe Kunst und Kirche bietet das Museum Barberini auch in der aktuellen Ausstellung wieder einen Dialog in Zusammenarbeit mit der Evangelischen Stadtkirchenarbeit Potsdam an. Im Mittelpunkt dieses Museumsgesprächs steht ein ausgewähltes Gemälde der Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR.
Nach einer kunsthistorischen Einführung zu Bernhard Heisigs Selbst als Puppenspieler folgt eine theologische Betrachtung des Gemäldes. Im Anschluss an die Bildbetrachtung sind Sie eingeladen, im Foyer des Museums bei Brot und Wein Aspekte der Ausstellung zu vertiefen und ins Gespräch zu kommen.

Treffpunkt: 1. Etage, Raum 1 A 5, vor dem Gemälde
Ticket inkl. Eintritt: regulär € 5, ermäßigt € 4
Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.

Bernhard Heisig: Selbst als Puppenspieler, 1982, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Bernhard Heisig: Selbst als Puppenspieler, 1982, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Donnerstag, 18. Januar 2018, 17 Uhr

In der Reihe Kunst und Kirche bietet das Museum Barberini auch in der aktuellen Ausstellung wieder einen Dialog in Zusammenarbeit mit der Evangelischen Stadtkirchenarbeit Potsdam an. Im Mittelpunkt dieses Museumsgesprächs steht ein ausgewähltes Gemälde der Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR.
Nach einer kunsthistorischen Einführung zu Bernhard Heisigs Selbst als Puppenspieler folgt eine theologische Betrachtung des Gemäldes. Im Anschluss an die Bildbetrachtung sind Sie eingeladen, im Foyer des Museums bei Brot und Wein Aspekte der Ausstellung zu vertiefen und ins Gespräch zu kommen.

Treffpunkt: 1. Etage, Raum 1 A 5, vor dem Gemälde
Ticket inkl. Eintritt: regulär € 5, ermäßigt € 4
Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.

Bernhard Heisig: Selbst als Puppenspieler, 1982, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Bernhard Heisig: Selbst als Puppenspieler, 1982, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Conference for the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction 
Das Symposium muss auf Anfang 2018 verschoben werden. Ein konkreter Termin folgt in Kürze.

Inspired by a new acquisition, the Museum Barberini will present the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction (June 30 – Oct. 21, 2018) next summer. It will follow the painter’s work from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition explores the relationship and significance of abstraction and subject matter, photography and painting in color, overpainting and priming. These topics will be addressed by Hubertus Butin, Dietmar Elger, Matthias Krüger, Ortrud Westheider, and Armin Zweite.

€ 10 / € 8 reduced rate
Students admitted free of charge

Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet, 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2017 (0181)

Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet, 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2017 (0181)

Das Symposium muss auf Anfang 2018 verschoben werden. Ein konkreter Termin folgt in Kürze.

Inspired by a new acquisition, the Museum Barberini will present the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction (June 30 – Oct. 21, 2018) next summer. It will follow the painter’s work from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition explores the relationship and significance of abstraction and subject matter, photography and painting in color, overpainting and priming. These topics will be addressed by Hubertus Butin, Dietmar Elger, Matthias Krüger, Ortrud Westheider, and Armin Zweite.

€ 10 / € 8 reduced rate
Students admitted free of charge

Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet, 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2017 (0181)

Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet, 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2017 (0181)