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Gerhard Richter: Abstraction

June 30 to October 21, 2018

The exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction examines for the first time the abstract strategies and processes found in the artist’s complete works. The show was inspired by a work held by the Museum Barberini and brings together 90 pieces from international museums and private collections.

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Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet (612-4), 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2018 (29062018)

Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet (612-4), 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2018 (29062018)

The exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction examines for the first time the abstract strategies and processes found in the artist’s complete works. The show was inspired by a work held by the Museum Barberini and brings together 90 pieces from international museums and private collections.

Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet (612-4), 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2018 (29062018)

Gerhard Richter: A B, Quiet (612-4), 1986, Museum Barberini © Gerhard Richter 2018 (29062018)

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Nolde, Feininger, Nay: From Expressionism to Art Informel
June 9, 2018 – February 17, 2019

Numerous avant-garde art movements emerged in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century. Painters of Die Brücke (The Bridge) were the first to focus on the power of color. The Bauhaus developed a color theory for modern art. Later, following World War II, color was seen as a means of artist self-expression. During the Third Reich, these artists were ostracized, but in spite of this their work shaped the history of art in the twentieth century.

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Wassily Kandinsky  (1866–1944), Murnau, Landscape with Green House, 1909, Oil on card board, 70 x 96 cm, Private Collection, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAPG, Paris

Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Murnau, Landscape with Green House, 1909, Oil on card board, 70 x 96 cm, Private Collection, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAPG, Paris

June 9, 2018 – February 17, 2019

Numerous avant-garde art movements emerged in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century. Painters of Die Brücke (The Bridge) were the first to focus on the power of color. The Bauhaus developed a color theory for modern art. Later, following World War II, color was seen as a means of artist self-expression. During the Third Reich, these artists were ostracized, but in spite of this their work shaped the history of art in the twentieth century.

Wassily Kandinsky  (1866–1944), Murnau, Landscape with Green House, 1909, Oil on card board, 70 x 96 cm, Private Collection, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAPG, Paris

Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Murnau, Landscape with Green House, 1909, Oil on card board, 70 x 96 cm, Private Collection, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAPG, Paris

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Congo Tales: Told by the People of Mbomo

June 30 to October 21, 2018

The Congo Tales project explores the theme of how we tell stories. Orally transmitting stories and cultural practices is the basis of a cultural community. Collective identities form through regional narratives. Initiated by Stefanie Plattner and Eva Vonk, this year-long project visualizes fables and stories from the Mbomo region of the Odzala Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo with photographs by the New Yorker Pieter Henket. Our program of events includes a documentary by the Pulitzer grant winning photographer Jasper Rischen.

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Pieter Henket, The Impossible Task, 2017/18

Pieter Henket, The Impossible Task, 2017/18

The Congo Tales project explores the theme of how we tell stories. Orally transmitting stories and cultural practices is the basis of a cultural community. Collective identities form through regional narratives. Initiated by Stefanie Plattner and Eva Vonk, this year-long project visualizes fables and stories from the Mbomo region of the Odzala Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo with photographs by the New Yorker Pieter Henket. Our program of events includes a documentary by the Pulitzer grant winning photographer Jasper Rischen.

Pieter Henket, The Impossible Task, 2017/18

Pieter Henket, The Impossible Task, 2017/18

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Color and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross
November 17, 2018 to February 17, 2019

In the 1880s, impressionism developed into a new kind of painting that applied luminous colors sideby-side with short brushstrokes. Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910) broke reality down into individual bits of chromatic information. He discovered the C.te d’Azur for painting. In collaboration with the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny, the Museum Barberini presents the first retrospective in Germany of one of neo-impressionism’s most important figures.

November 17, 2018 to February 17, 2019

In the 1880s, impressionism developed into a new kind of painting that applied luminous colors sideby-side with short brushstrokes. Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910) broke reality down into individual bits of chromatic information. He discovered the C.te d’Azur for painting. In collaboration with the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny, the Museum Barberini presents the first retrospective in Germany of one of neo-impressionism’s most important figures.

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

Many paintings by Max Beckmann (1884–1950) show the world of the theater, circus, and music halls. He presented his paintings as stages. Showmanship was a driving force behind his work. He viewed this ‘world theater’ as a model for basic human experiences.

Held in cooperation with the Kunsthalle Bremen where the exhibition will be shown from September 30, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

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Max Beckmann, 1884-1950, Doppelbildnis Karneval, Max Beckmann und Quappi/Carnival Double-Portrait, Max Beckmann and Quappi, 1925, Copyright: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Copyright Foto: ARTOTHEK Weilheim: Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast

Max Beckmann, 1884-1950, Doppelbildnis Karneval, Max Beckmann und Quappi/Carnival Double-Portrait, Max Beckmann and Quappi, 1925, Copyright: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Copyright Foto: ARTOTHEK Weilheim: Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast

February 24, 2018 to June 10, 2018

Many paintings by Max Beckmann (1884–1950) show the world of the theater, circus, and music halls. He presented his paintings as stages. Showmanship was a driving force behind his work. He viewed this ‘world theater’ as a model for basic human experiences.

Held in cooperation with the Kunsthalle Bremen where the exhibition will be shown from September 30, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

Max Beckmann, 1884-1950, Doppelbildnis Karneval, Max Beckmann und Quappi/Carnival Double-Portrait, Max Beckmann and Quappi, 1925, Copyright: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Copyright Foto: ARTOTHEK Weilheim: Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast

Max Beckmann, 1884-1950, Doppelbildnis Karneval, Max Beckmann und Quappi/Carnival Double-Portrait, Max Beckmann and Quappi, 1925, Copyright: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Copyright Foto: ARTOTHEK Weilheim: Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast

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Klaus Fußmann: People and Landscapes
February 24, 2018 to June 3, 2018

This presentation will be shown in celebration of Klaus Fußmann’s eightieth birthday and will run parallel to the exhibition Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage.

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Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

This presentation will be shown in celebration of Klaus Fußmann’s eightieth birthday and will run parallel to the exhibition Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage.

Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

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Documentation: The Gallery of the Palace of the Republic
October 29, 2017 to May 21, 2018

The sixteen large gallery paintings are on display again for the first time in twenty years. These works on the question Are communists allowed to dream?, painted in 1975 at the peak of GDR state art, adorned the East Berlin building, home to parliament and major cultural facilities until 1990. Widely acclaimed in their day, they are striking illustrations of art as official embellishment.

The paintings, which were much respected at the time, document impressively how the state adorned itself with art and which topics served it. The works were restored in joint efforts by the German Historical Museum, the Federal Administration Office and the Barberini Museum. With the documentary presentation, the Museum Barberini presents a contemporary witness from the zenith of the state art of the GDR, which reflects the official understanding of art according to the guideline of "expanse and diversity" proclaimed in 1971. For the presentation, the first volume of Barberini studies with texts by Michael Philipp has been published by Prestel Verlag.

Prestel Verlag

Prestel Verlag

The sixteen large gallery paintings are on display again for the first time in twenty years. These works on the question Are communists allowed to dream?, painted in 1975 at the peak of GDR state art, adorned the East Berlin building, home to parliament and major cultural facilities until 1990. Widely acclaimed in their day, they are striking illustrations of art as official embellishment.

The sixteen large gallery paintings are on display again for the first time in twenty years. These works on the question Are communists allowed to dream?, painted in 1975 at the peak of GDR state art, adorned the East Berlin building, home to parliament and major cultural facilities until 1990. Widely acclaimed in their day, they are striking illustrations of art as official embellishment.

Prestel Verlag

Prestel Verlag

The paintings, which were much respected at the time, document impressively how the state adorned itself with art and which topics served it. The works were restored in joint efforts by the German Historical Museum, the Federal Administration Office and the Barberini Museum. With the documentary presentation, the Museum Barberini presents a contemporary witness from the zenith of the state art of the GDR, which reflects the official understanding of art according to the guideline of "expanse and diversity" proclaimed in 1971. For the presentation, the first volume of Barberini studies with texts by Michael Philipp has been published by Prestel Verlag.

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Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR
October 29, 2017 to February 4, 2018

Artists in the GDR were caught between providing a role model and retreating into seclusion, between operating within a prescribed collective and pursuing creative individuality. How did they reflect the way they saw their profession and their own take on the official mission to educate the public? This exhibition brings together self- and group portraits, role projections and studio scenes to illustrate the critical gaze they turned upon themselves. Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR is about the self-styling of artists as individuals from 1945 to 1989, presented through four generations in paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, collages, sculptures, and performances.

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Trak Wendisch: Tightrope Walker, 1984, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Photo: bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB / Jörg P. Anders, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2018

Trak Wendisch: Tightrope Walker, 1984, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Photo: bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB / Jörg P. Anders, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2018

October 29, 2017 to February 4, 2018

Artists in the GDR were caught between providing a role model and retreating into seclusion, between operating within a prescribed collective and pursuing creative individuality. How did they reflect the way they saw their profession and their own take on the official mission to educate the public? This exhibition brings together self- and group portraits, role projections and studio scenes to illustrate the critical gaze they turned upon themselves. Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR is about the self-styling of artists as individuals from 1945 to 1989, presented through four generations in paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, collages, sculptures, and performances.

Trak Wendisch: Tightrope Walker, 1984, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Photo: bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB / Jörg P. Anders, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2018

Trak Wendisch: Tightrope Walker, 1984, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Photo: bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB / Jörg P. Anders, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2018

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

From Hopper to Rothko: America's Road to Modern Art presents the development of North American painting in the first half of the 20th century. It illustrates three major themes – landscapes, portraits, and cityscapes – and follows the evolution of abstract painting during this time. After 1945, these developments culminated in Abstract Expressionism, and New York City became the new center of the art world. The show brings together 68 paintings from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. The Museum Barberini presents 68 masterpieces from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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Edward Hopper: Sunday, 1926, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

Edward Hopper: Sunday, 1926, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

June 17 to October 3, 2017

From Hopper to Rothko: America's Road to Modern Art presents the development of North American painting in the first half of the 20th century. It illustrates three major themes – landscapes, portraits, and cityscapes – and follows the evolution of abstract painting during this time. After 1945, these developments culminated in Abstract Expressionism, and New York City became the new center of the art world. The show brings together 68 paintings from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. The Museum Barberini presents 68 masterpieces from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Edward Hopper: Sunday, 1926, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

Edward Hopper: Sunday, 1926, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

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Impressionism: The Art of Landscape
January 23 to May 28, 2017

We present the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape from January 23 to May 28, 2017. River and marine landscapes, fields and gardens in bloom, reflections on water, and winter landscapes were themes used by the Impressionists to carry out their experiments. With works by artists such as Claude Monet (1840–1926), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), and Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) the show brings major representatives of Impressionism to Potsdam, presenting artistic explorations into what at the time was a new, modern understanding of nature.

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Gustave Caillebotte: The Argenteuil Bridge and the Seine, c. 1883, private collection

Gustave Caillebotte: The Argenteuil Bridge and the Seine, c. 1883, private collection

January 23 to May 28, 2017

We present the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape from January 23 to May 28, 2017. River and marine landscapes, fields and gardens in bloom, reflections on water, and winter landscapes were themes used by the Impressionists to carry out their experiments. With works by artists such as Claude Monet (1840–1926), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), and Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) the show brings major representatives of Impressionism to Potsdam, presenting artistic explorations into what at the time was a new, modern understanding of nature.

Gustave Caillebotte: The Argenteuil Bridge and the Seine, c. 1883, private collection

Gustave Caillebotte: The Argenteuil Bridge and the Seine, c. 1883, private collection

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Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky
January 23 to May 28, 2017

The exhibition Modern Art Classics (January 23 to May 28, 2017) draws a line from impressionism in Germany to fauvism in France and international abstract art. It will show works by Max Liebermann (1847–1935), Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), and Andy Warhol (1928–1987).

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Edvard Munch: Summer Night by the Beach, 1902/03, private collection

Edvard Munch: Summer Night by the Beach, 1902/03, private collection

January 23 to May 28, 2017

The exhibition Modern Art Classics (January 23 to May 28, 2017) draws a line from impressionism in Germany to fauvism in France and international abstract art. It will show works by Max Liebermann (1847–1935), Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), and Andy Warhol (1928–1987).

Edvard Munch: Summer Night by the Beach, 1902/03, private collection

Edvard Munch: Summer Night by the Beach, 1902/03, private collection

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