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  • June 18, 2020 | Press Release
    Impressionism: The Hasso Plattner Collection: from September 7, 2020 at the Museum Barberini

    Beginning on September 7, 2020, the Museum Barberini in Potsdam will present a permanent display of the extensive collection of Impressionist paintings of the museum’s founder, Hasso Plattner, including masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, and Signac. With thirty-four paintings by Claude Monet, there is no venue in Europe outside of Paris where visitors can see more works by this painter. This makes Potsdam one of the most important international centers of Impressionist landscape painting. The Museum Barberini now showcases a collection that is unique in Germany in addition to its temporary exhibitions mounted in cooperation with museums all over the world.

    Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley formed a group in the 1860s and revolutionized art with light-infused landscapes that were liberated from the traditional subject matter of the era. In 1874 they became known as the “Impressionists,” who preferred to paint outdoors and captured fleeting impressions directly on the canvas. Artists such as Berthe Morisot, Paul Cézanne, and Gustave Caillebotte joined this new movement. More than a decade later, colleagues such as Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross further developed the painting style of these pioneers, and even Pablo Picasso was inspired by the Impressionist style in 1901, the first year he spent in Paris.

    With its focus on the fleeting moment, this movement has lost none of its original charm. The Impressionists wanted to paint everything in a fresh way. Their gift of observation resulted in realistic images of surprising abstraction. Guided by changing effects of light and atmosphere, they created timelessly beautiful landscapes whose pioneering spirit and energy continue to delight us to this very day.

    Hasso Plattner chose to concentrate on this style and explains his passion in the following terms: “The paintings involve us as viewers in a very direct way. We feel the wind on our skin and the temperature of the water when we look at Monet’s sailboats on the Seine. No other art can do that. The Impressionists are geniuses of communication.” Plattner is now lending more than 100 works from his private collection as well as from the Hasso Plattner Foundation to the Museum Barberini. Amongst the most famous paintings in this body of works are Caillebotte’s Bridge at Argenteuil (1893), Monet’s Grainstacks (1891), Signac’s The Port at Sunset (1892), as well as Monet’s Palazzo Contarini (1908) and Water-Lilies (1914–17).

    With the Museum Barberini and his collection, one of Plattner’s aims is to remind us of the contested history of Impressionism in Germany. To this day, the paintings of this movement are underrepresented in German museums: “Due to national resentments, French Impressionism was only rarely collected during the imperial era in Germany. I would like my collection in the Museum Barberini—particularly due to its location in eastern Germany—to be a place of French-German friendship, of cultural openness, and of international exchange.”

    The collection enables visitors to visualize the history of French Impressionism. Ortrud Westheider, the Director of the Museum Barberini, underlines the importance of the new permanent display: “No other collection can present Impressionist landscape painting as comprehensively and coherently in terms of its development and iconography. Our works make the history of this fascinating art movement tangible.” In Impressionism: The Art of Landscape, the opening exhibition of the Museum Barberini in 2017, Westheider already confronted the preconception that Impressionism is merely a spontaneous and atmospheric art form. According to Westheider, this art deserves to be examined in a more profound way: “The fact that Hasso Plattner has now entrusted the Museum Barberini with this treasure as a permanent loan enables us to give new impulses to scholarship on Impressionism with our exhibitions, conferences, and lectures, and also to further enhance our international networks.”

    The catalog Impressionism: The Hasso Plattner Collection by Ortrud Westheider will be published by Prestel in conjunction with the opening of the permanent display. On the museums website, the collection will be presented with texts by Daniel Zamani, Curator at the Museum Barberini, and results of provenance research conducted by Linda Hacka, Research Assistant at the Museum Barberini.

    Until July 19, the Museum Barberini will be showing the exhibition Monet: Places, the largest retrospectives ever devoted to the artist by a German museum, as well as the presentation of Jasper Johns: The 100 Monotypes. Thanks to the extraordinary support of all lenders, the museum was not only able to extend Monet: Places until July 19, but to also postpone the exhibition Rembrandt's Orient, a cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Basel, to spring 2021. On view from March 13 to June 27, 2021, the show features more than 100 works of art, exploring how Rembrandt and his Dutch colleagues responded to the influence of Far Eastern cultures.

  • April 29, 2020 | Press release
    Museum Barberini reopens on May 6

    After almost two months of its temporary closure, the Museum Barberini will reopen its doors on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The state of Brandenburg has approved the reopening of cultural institutions, subject to strict conditions. In consultation with the relevant authorities, the museum has developed an extensive list of protective and hygiene measures.

    To ensure health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, the number of visitors will be strongly restricted until further notice. Visiting slots will be limited to 120 minutes, and a sign-posted tour will help visitors to abide by the 1.5-meter social distancing rule. The compulsory wearing of masks and a general contact reduction will further enhance protection.

    Ortrud Westheider, Director of the Museum Barberini, points out: “We are delighted to finally make the museum accessible again. We are conscious of the responsibility we have to our guests and staff. In these difficult times, during which museums all over the world were closed, the Museum Barberini has experienced extraordinary solidarity: Within a very short time, our numerous international lenders agreed to extend the exhibition Monet: Places, thus enabling us to devote time and space to Monet’s work.”

    From Thursday, April 30, 2020, all tickets will initially have to be booked online. Pre-booked tickets for a visit from May 6, 2020 onwards remain valid.

    For further information on tickets for the Monet exhibition and the protective measures adopted by the Museum Barberini please visit our website: www.museum-barberini.de.

  • April 20, 2020 | Pressemitteilung
    Museum Barberini Examines Requirements for Reopening

    On Friday, April 17, 2020, the state of Brandenburg agreed to the reopening of museums, albeit under strict conditions in terms of hygiene and social distancing. The Museum Barberini is currently reviewing these safety and hygiene regulations in consultation with the responsible authorities in Potsdam and plans their technical and organizational implementation. The museum is also in close contact with other cultural institutions in Potsdam and Berlin.

    “We have drawn up a hygiene plan and concepts for regulating the flow of visitors. In order to ensure the safest possible visit to the exhibition, we still need some more time to adapt the necessary protective measures for the building. We hope to make our Monet exhibition accessible to our visitors again as soon as possible. We will keep you posted on the opening date,” the museum’s Director, Ortrud Westheider, explains.

    With numerous online resources and digital offers accompanying the exhibition Monet: Places, the Museum Barberini gives daily insights into the exhibition, giving insights into its narrative threads, themes and works on display. In addition to a mini-site on the exhibition, filmed curatorial tours, 360° tours of the galleries, and interviews with international Monet scholars, the museum now offers Barberini Live Tours.

    In this format, experienced guides invite users to an interactive journey through the wide-ranging places that Monet painted and which significantly influenced the course of his long and prolific career — from the metropolis of Paris and the Seine villages of Argenteuil, Vétheuil and Giverny to travel destinations such as London or Venice. This virtual tour does not only feature reproductions of the paintings themselves, but also conveys a sense of the atmosphere in the galleries, allowing users to understand the decisions behind the installation and the way clusters of works illuminate key artistic approaches and themes – almost as if they were in the museum themselves. Participants can experience the show in their own home, complete with a personal guide they can address questions to.

    “We know that a virtual tour can never fully replace the encounter with the original. But the combination of a 360° tour with a personal guided tour comes very close to an exhibition visit and allows access to people who cannot visit the museum in person,” Ortrud Westheider points out. “In a preliminary test phase, we want to offer this unique guided-tour format for free. In doing so, we have the chance to gain valuable initial experience and to then gradually fine-tune the offer. From May 10, 2020, the virtual tour – where users join an online tour – will be subject to a fee. We are curious to see how users will react to this new offer.”

    Further information on the Barberini Live Tour and the current digital activities of the Museum Barberini can be found at: www.museum-barberini.com/digital. www.museum-barberini.com/digital.

  • March 16, 2020 | Press Release
    Coronavirus Update—Museum Barberini closed until April 19, 2020

    In response to the decree issued by the state capital Potsdam regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Museum Barberini will extend its temporary closure until Sunday April 19, 2020. We will be reviewing this and keep you updated. In an effort to contain the spread of the virus and protect the safety of our visitors and staff the museum had already voluntarily closed its doors from Thursday, March 12, 2020.

    Ortrud Westheider, Director of the Museum Barberini: “We deeply regret having to close the museum until after the Easter break but we are responsible for the health of our visitors and our staff. During the closure, our social media channel will provide new insights into the Monet exhibition every day. Existing digital offers include our Barberini Prolog—the website dedicated to the exhibition—as well as the audio tour on the free Barberini App and interviews with international Monet experts on our YouTube channel.

    No tickets will be sold in the period up to and including April 19, 2020. Tickets already purchased for the period between March 12 and April 19 for the exhibition and events at the Museum Barberini will be reimbursed. For further information please see www.museum-barberini.com

  • March 11, 2020 | Press release
    Temporary closure of the Museum Barberini

    The health of the visitors and staff of the Museum Barberini is a top priority. The museum constantly checks the reports and recommendations of the competent authorities on Covid-19. The Museum Barberini would like to actively contribute to inhibiting the dynamic spread of the virus.

    In order to protect guests and staff from potential infection, the Museum Barberini already severely restricted the number of available timed tickets last week. However, in light of the 2,500 to 3,000 visitors our large exhibition Monet: Places initially received, we cannot currently guarantee the recommended limit of no more than 500 to 1,000 visitors for cultural events. Therefore, the museum will close from Thursday, 12 March 2020, up to and including Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Online ticket sales will be suspended during this period. After reviewing the current situation, the museum will make a new decision on 17 March.

    Tickets already booked for the exhibition and events at the Museum Barberini for the above-mentioned period will be fully refunded; further information will be published on the website shortly.

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