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  • 21 September 2017 | Press Release

    Potsdam, 21. September 2017

    Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier übernimmt Schirmherrschaft über die Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR

    Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier hat die Schirmherrschaft für die große Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR im Museum Barberini übernommen, die vom 29. Oktober 2017 bis zum 4. Februar 2018 in Potsdam gezeigt wird. Damit erfährt die erste Ausstellung des Museums Barberini zu seinem Sammlungsschwerpunkt Kunst in der DDR eine herausragende Würdigung. Die Schau zeigt die Vielgestaltigkeit der künstlerischen Selbstbehauptung, die Künstler in einem Staat fanden, der Kunst eine politische und erzieherische Funktion zuschrieb und sie reglementierte. Mit Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR widmet sich das Museum Barberini der Künstlerpersönlichkeit in der DDR und ihrer Selbstinszenierung im Spannungsfeld von Rollenbild und Rückzug, verordnetem Kollektivismus und schöpferischer Individualität.

    Mit dieser Ausstellung beginnt das Museum Barberini die Erforschung der eigenen Sammlung zur Kunst in der DDR, die in der deutschen Kunstgeschichte immer noch eine marginalisierte Position einnimmt. Ausgehend vom eigenen Bestand, von dem zehn Werke gezeigt werden, versammelt die Ausstellung über 100 Arbeiten von rund 80 Künstlern (darunter 20 Künstlerinnen) aus den Bereichen Malerei, Photographie, Graphik, Collage und Skulptur.

    Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier wird die Ausstellung am 28. Oktober 2017 feierlich im Museum Barberini eröffnen.

  • 06 September 2017 | Press release
    The Artist’s View: Museum Barberini shows East German art Over 100 works by some 80 artists from the GDR’s whole history

    Press Release

    The Artist’s View: Museum Barberini shows East German art
    Over 100 works by some 80 artists from the GDR’s whole history


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

    For its first exhibition built around its core collection of East German art, the Museum Barberini looks at how artists present themselves. The show illustrates the diversity of artistic self-affirmation and the room for creative maneuver in a state that gave artists political and educational functions and sought to regulate them. The exhibition not only explores specific ways in which art in the GDR drew on Western iconographic traditions; it also refrains from using political conditions as a springboard, focusing instead on the artist as an individual.

    In the GDR, the fine arts were seen as supporting the state. Yet artists had their own ideas, defining roles for themselves that far exceeded this function. The Museum Barberini has dedicated Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR to artistic personalities operating on the spectrum between acting out a public role and withdrawing into a private sphere, between producing within a prescribed collective and pursuing creative individuality.

    Artists depict how they see themselves in self- and group portraits and in projections of role models. These genres have been handed down through Western art since the Renaissance, and East German artists likewise picked up on this tradition, as well as on the genre of studio painting. Alongside these time-honored motifs and themes, the exhibition traces an interest in the abstract as an artistic rebuttal of social relevance, and in the use of the artist’s own body in performative works during the late 1980s.

    There have been many exhibitions about GDR art since 1989. Most have shone the limelight on political aspects – from the thorny issue of state-commissioned art (Berlin, 1995) via a comparison of dictatorships (Weimar, 1999) to the potential for dissent (Berlin, 2016). After these political and sociological perspectives, Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR considers how artists turned their critical gaze upon themselves, reflecting on their own way of seeing things and on their response to the tasks required of them, and identifying space for artistic creativity despite the official mission. This thematic approach shifts the focus away from sociological and ideological aspects toward the works themselves, but without decontextualizing the art.

    Through this exhibition, the Museum Barberini has begun to investigate its collection of East German art, which still plays a marginal role in German art history. Building on in-house holdings, from which ten exhibits have been selected, the show brings together more than 100 works by about 80 artists (20 of them women), including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, collage and sculpture.

    The loans have been provided by a number of museums, galleries and private collections, among them the Lindenau Museum in Altenburg; the Nationalgalerie in Berlin; Brandenburg’s Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst in Cottbus & Frankfurt (Oder); the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden; the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle; the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig; the Tübke Foundation in Leipzig, and Galerie Eigen + Art Leipzig/Berlin.

    The selection includes works by Karl-Heinz Adler (*1927), Gerhard Altenbourg (1926–1989), Strawalde (Jürgen Böttcher) (*1931), Hartwig Ebersbach (*1940), Hermann Glöckner (1889–1987), Hans-Hendrik Grimmling (*1947), Ulrich Hachulla (*1943), Bernhard Heisig (1925–2011), Wolfgang Mattheuer (1927–2004), Harald Metzkes (*1929), Michael Morgner (*1942), A. R. Penck (1939–2017), Stefan Plenkers (*1945), Evelyn Richter (*1930), Arno Rink (*1940), Theodor Rosenhauer (1901–1996), Willi Sitte (1921–2013), Werner Tübke (1929–2004), Elisabeth Voigt (1893–1977), Dieter Weidenbach (*1945), Trak Wendisch (*1958) and the group Clara Mosch.

    The curators are Valerie Hortolani and Michael Philipp.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog of about 270 pages published by Prestel Verlag. The catalog can be purchased for € 29.95 in the museum shop and for € 39.95 from the book trade. It contains essays by Valerie Hortolani, Museum Barberini, Potsdam; Petra Lange-Berndt, University of Hamburg; Michael Philipp, Museum Barberini, Potsdam; Carolin Quermann, Städtische Galerie Dresden, and Martin Schieder, University of Leipzig.

    Parallel to the exhibition Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR, the Museum Barberini is showing a documentary presentation entitled “Gallery from the Palace of the Republic”. These 16 large-format paintings might be read as a testimony to the state policy guideline “Breadth and Diversity” issued in 1971. Against this backdrop of ostentatious officialdom, it is easier to appreciate the rich landscape of East German art that unfolded beyond this domain, and which can be viewed at the show Behind the Mask.

    The Palace Gallery presentation is accompanied by a 96-page documentation with texts by Michael Philipp, Museum Barberini, available from the museum shop and from the book trade.

  • 31 July 2017 | Press Release

    Potsdam, 31. Juli 2017

    Museum Barberini zeigt die Palast-Galerie: Seit über 20 Jahren zum ersten Mal wieder zu sehen.

    Flankierend zur Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR ist im Museum Barberini vom 28. Oktober 2017 bis zum 4. Februar 2018 die Galerie aus dem Palast der Republik zu sehen.

    Zum Palast der Republik, dem zentralen Repräsentationsbau der DDR, gehörten 16 großformatige Bilder, die im Hauptfoyer installiert waren. Die sogenannte Palast-Galerie entstand 1975 zum Thema „Dürfen Kommunisten träumen?“ Künstler wie Bernhard Heisig, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Willi Sitte, Werner Tübke, Walter Womacka und Hans Vent steuerten Werke bei, die von 1976 bis 1990 hier ausgestellt wurden.

    Bereits wenige Wochen nach der Eröffnung hatten mehrere Hunderttausend Besucher den Palast der Republik und die Galerie gesehen, die Gemälde wurden vielfach in der DDR in Publikationen abgebildet, einige Gemälde wurden auch als Briefmarkenmotive verbreitet.

    Zuletzt war die Palast-Galerie 1995 bei der Ausstellung Auftrag: Kunst im Deutschen Historischen Museum zu sehen, seitdem lagern die Bilder im Depot. Lediglich einzelne Werke waren zwischenzeitlich und für kurze Zeit für Ausstellungen entliehen.

    Im gemeinsamen Engagement des Deutschen Historischen Museums, des Bundesverwaltungsamts und des Museums Barberini werden die Werke derzeit restauriert. Dies umfasst die Reinigung der Bildfläche – insgesamt über 200 Quadratmeter –, die Neuinstallation von Aufhängevorrichtungen und Ergänzungen der Rahmen.

    Die Definition des Themas und die Einladung der Künstler oblag 1975 Fritz Cremer, Leiter des künstlerischen Planungsstabs des Palasts der Republik. Einzige konkrete Vorgabe war aus architektonischen Gründen die Höhe der Bilder: Sie musste 280 cm betragen, die Breite durfte bis zu sechs Meter erreichen. Die Künstler stellten unterschiedliche Motive dar, die sie frei auswählten. Außer beim Werk von Walter Womacka, Wenn Kommunisten träumen..., waren die Bezüge zum ausgeschriebenen Thema eher lose. Die Künstler malten in ihrem jeweiligen eigenen Stil, blieben jedoch durchweg im Figürlichen und damit in der Tradition der realistischen Malerei in der DDR.

    Mit dieser dokumentarischen Präsentation zeigt das Museum Barberini ein Zeitzeugnis aus dem Zenit der Staatskunst der DDR, die das offizielle Verständnis von Kunst nach der 1971 ausgerufenen Leitlinie der „Weite und Vielfalt“ widerspiegelt. Vor dem Hintergrund dieser staatlichen Repräsentationskunst wird umso deutlicher, wie reich das Kunstleben in der DDR war, dass sich jenseits davon entfaltete. Dies zeigt die Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR vom 28. Oktober 2017 bis zum 4. Februar 2018 im Museum Barberini.

    Zur Palast-Galerie im Palast der Republik

    Der Palast der Republik wurde 1973–1976 nach Plänen von Heinz Graffunder auf dem Gelände des Berliner Stadtschlosses erbaut, das derzeit als Humboldtforum wiederaufgebaut wird. Er war Sitz des Parlaments, Repräsentationsgebäude und Kulturhaus. Bis zu seiner Schließung im Jahr 1990 fanden hier Kulturveranstaltungen, Konzerte und Theateraufführungen statt und es gab verschiedene gastronomische Angebote.

    Zum Gesamtkonzept des Baus gehörte auch die umfangreiche Ausstattung mit Kunstwerken, darunter eine Marx-Engels-Plastik auf dem Vorplatz und, als prominentestes Element, die Palast-Galerie im Hauptfoyer. Fritz Cremer, Bildhauer und Vizepräsident der Akademie der Künste, wurde 1974 zum Leiter des künstlerischen Planungsstabs des Palasts der Republik ernannt. Ihm oblag es, Künstler zu gewinnen, die Auftragsarbeiten zum Thema Dürfen Kommunisten Träumen? erstellten. Von den 19 angefragten Künstlern nahmen 16 den Auftrag an. Im Dezember 1975 waren alle Arbeiten fertiggestellt, so dass sie mit der Eröffnung des Gebäudes im April 1976 präsentiert werden konnten und bis zur Schließung dort verblieben.

    Künstler und Werke:

    Günter Brendel (*1930): Großes Stillleben, 1975/76,
    Dispersion auf Hartfaser, 280 x 368 cm

    René Graetz (1908–1974) / Arno Mohr (1910–2001): Krieg und Frieden, 1975,
    Tempera auf Hartfaser, 280 x 368 cm

    Erhard Großmann (*1936): Tadschikistan, 1975, Tempera auf Hartfaser, 280 x 600 cm

    Bernhard Heisig (1925–2011): Ikarus, 1975, Öl auf Hartfaser, 280 x 450 cm

    Wolfgang Mattheuer (1927–2004): Guten Tag, 1975, Öl auf Hartfaser, 280 x 281 cm

    Arno Mohr (1910–2001): Forscht, bis ihr wißt, 1975,
    Mischtechnik auf Hartfaser, 280 x 552 cm

    Willi Neubert (1920–2011): Gestern – Heute, 1975,
    Mischtechnik auf Hartfaser, 280 x 345 cm

    Ronald Paris (*1933): Unser die Welt – trotz alledem, 1975/76,
    Dispersion auf Hartfaser, 280 x 600 cm

    Kurt Robbel (1909–1986): Die schaffenden Kräfte, 1975/76,
    Mischtechnik auf Hartfaser, 280 x 160 / 272 / 160 cm

    Wolfram Schubert (*1926): Brot für alle, 1975, Tempera auf Hartfaser, 280 x 368 cm

    Willi Sitte (1921–2013): Die rote Fahne – Kampf, Leid und Sieg, 1975/76,
    Öl auf Hartfaser, 280 x 300 cm

    Werner Tübke (1929–2004): Mensch – Maß aller Dinge, 1975, Mischtechnik auf Hartfaser in fünf Einzelteilen:

    Familie, 170 x170 cm; Liebespaar, 170 x170 cm; Kampf der Zentauren und Lapithen, 85 x 170 cm; Totenklage, 85 x 170 cm; Der Tanz um das goldene Kalb, 85 x 170 cm

    Hans Vent (*1934): Menschen am Strand, 1975, Dispersion auf Hartfaser, 280 x 552 cm

    Matthias Wegehaupt (*1938): Raum für Neues, 1975,
    Mischtechnik auf Hartfaser, 280 x 552 cm

    Walter Womacka (1925–2010): Wenn Kommunisten träumen..., 1975,
    Öl auf Hartfaser, 280 x 552 cm

    Lothar Zitzmann (1924–1977): Weltjugendlied, 1975, Öl auf Hartfaser, 280 x 552 cm

    SERVICEDATEN & EINTRITTE

    Hinter der Maske. Künstler der DDR

    28. Oktober 2017 bis 04. Februar 2018

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Mo & Mi–So 10–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do im Monat 10–21 Uhr, Di geschlossen

    Mo–Fr (außer Di) für Kindergärten und Schulen nach Anmeldung 9–11 Uhr

    Eintritt: € 14 / ermäßigt € 10 / Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahren frei

    Jahreskarte Einzelperson € 30 / Jahreskarte Paare € 50 /

    Young Friend (unter 35 Jahre) € 20

    Online-Zeitfenster-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com

  • 03 July 2017 | Press release
    Museum Barberini exhibits abstract works by Gerhard Richter from the 1960s to the present in 2018

    Potsdam, July 3, 2017

    Museum Barberini exhibits abstract works by Gerhard Richter from the 1960s to the present in 2018

    Exhibition
    Gerhard Richter: Abstraction
    June 30 to October 7, 2018

    The exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction examines for the first time the abstract strategies and processes found in the complete works of the artist. The show was inspired by a work held by the Museum Barberini and brings together around 80 pieces from international museums and private collections.

    Since the 1960s, Gerhard Richter has understood painting to be a continuum, a framework to hold together the disruptions of the 20th century. Abstraction and realism divided East and West during the Cold War. Richter, who was confronted with the parameters set by Social Realism during his studies in Dresden, became acquainted with the tradition of abstract painting and the renunciation of painting in the Fluxus movement and performance art at the Düsseldorf art academy after moving to West Germany.

    Already in his early work during the 1960s, Gerhard Richter had begun to call painting into question, an exploration that continues to occupy him to this day. He transformed documents from his family history, as well as contemporary documents and the latest newspaper images into black and white paintings. In his series of gray paintings in the 1970s, he reacted to the rejection of painting in monochromatic works. He viewed the color gray also as an opportunity to address political themes without depicting them in an idealized manner.

    In his “Inpainting” series from the 1970s, Richter made the application of paint and brushstrokes the subject of his images. In other works, he photographed small details from his palette and transferred them in a photorealist manner to large canvases. In his color charts from the 1970s he left the proximity of the colors to chance and subjected painting to an objective process. Since 1976, Richter has created a group of abstract works by applying paint with brush, scraper, and palette knife in an alternating process of conscious decision-making and random chance. These works now form the majority of his oeuvre.

    This exhibition is being held in cooperation with the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Dresden State Art Collections. Exhibition curators are Dietmar Elger, Gerhard Richter Archive, and Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini.

    On November 29, 2017 the Museum Barberini will hold its fifth conference to prepare the exhibition catalogue. Contributors include Hubertus Butin, Dietmar Elger, and Ortrud Westheider.

    Museum Barberini
    The Museum Barberini opened in January 2017 to major public interest. By May 28, 2017, 320,000 visitors had viewed the opening exhibitions on Impressionism and Modern Art Classics.
    From 2013 to 2016, the Hasso Plattner Stiftung reconstructed the Barberini Palace, which houses the museum, in the historic center of Potsdam.
    Under its director Dr. Ortrud Westheider, the Museum Barberini shows exhibitions which focus on individual themes, artists, and eras in cooperation with international art institutes.
    The point of departure for presentations ranging from the Old Masters into the 21st century is the collection of SAP co-founder Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner. The collection consists of art from the former East Germany and painting after 1989, as well as art historical masterpieces. Impressionist works by Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are represented alongside modern art classics and American abstract art, with paintings by artists such as Max Liebermann, Edward Munch, Joan Mitchell, and Gerhard Richter.

    Current exhibition

    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    In cooperation with The Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C. the Museum Barberini is presenting its first international project, which is on display through October 3, 2017. The exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art examines the development of American art from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. For this exhibition, The Phillips Collection has sent 68 works of early American modernism to Germany for the first time.

    SERVICE INFORMATION & ADMISSION
    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art
    June 17–October 3, 2017
    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Mon & Wed–Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., first Thu of every month: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Tue
    Mon–Fri (except Tue) for kindergartens and schools with reservations: 9 – 11 a.m.
    Admission: € 14 / reduced: € 10 / children and teens under 18: free

    Timed tickets available online at www.museum-barberini.com

  • 15 June 2017 | Press Release
    From Hopper to Rothko: America's Road to Modern Art

    Potsdam, June 15, 2017

    How American art became abstract: The Museum Barberini brings American modern art to Potsdam

    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    June 17–October 3, 2017

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Following its opening exhibition, the Museum Barberini will present its first international cooperation project with the exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art from June 17 to October 3, 2017. For this, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is sending 68 works of early American modern art to Germany for the first time.

    American art from the first half of the twentieth century is still relatively unknown in Europe. The three central themes of the exhibition – landscapes, portraits, and cityscapes – present a cross-section of American painting. The show will trace the beginnings of abstract painting, which also developed during this time. After 1945, this culminated in Abstract Expressionism, and New York City became the new center of the art world. Works from The Phillips Collection highlight all of these developments.

    The exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art will provide a panorama of subjects and styles ranging from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism – taking visitors on a journey through landscape art, portrait painting, and cityscapes to Color Field Painting, with works along the way by George Inness (1825–1894), Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993), and more.

    With this joint project, Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Director of the Museum Barberini, continues the Museum Barberini’s programmatic approach to showing world-famous works of art in thematic exhibitions. Following her 2009 Hamburg exhibition Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time, she now presents the diversity of American modern art in eight thematic galleries. “America’s road to modern art is exemplified by works from The Phillips Collection. This partnership is a great honor for the Museum Barberini.”

    Dr. Dorothy M. Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.: “We are pleased to send major works from our collection to Potsdam in order to present American modern art to Europe. The newly opened Museum Barberini is an excellent place to showcase these objects.”

    How American art became abstract

    The first American landscape painters were motivated by the settlement of the American frontier, surveys of the country, and the preservation of natural wonders in national parks. Influenced by European Impressionism, the heroic and religious content of these early landscape paintings was succeeded by personal observations of light and atmospheric phenomena in nature. The epic transformation of the United States from an agrarian to an urban society increased the influence of cities. In art, this process was characterized by a move toward figure painting. However, the countryside retained its importance and for many artists it became the point of departure for creating abstract compositions. The manufacturing power and architectural transformation of the cities inspired painters like Charles Sheeler (1883–1965) and Ralston Crawford (1906–1978) to create paintings in the style that came to be known as Precisionism, which reflected the optimistic economic outlook of the times. After the Second World War, abstraction provided artists with the basis for an ethical and philosophical new beginning.

    In Abstract Expressionism, colors were given a life of their own, an approach that differed from European Expressionism. Artists created color spaces in which viewers could immerse themselves. Artists saw their paintings as fields that continued beyond the edges. In these fields, each dot was of equal value and each spot served as an entry point into the painting. Painters attempted to create images that were not straightforward and could not be understood or taken in at a single glance. The purpose was to develop each individual viewer’s ability to encounter art and make his or her own decisions regarding it.

    Duncan Phillips, collector

    Through his activity as a collector, Duncan Phillips (1886–1966), an art critic and patron of the arts, and founder of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., championed and supported America’s modern artists, especially between the world wars, and thus helped shape the canon of 20th century American art. The early deaths of his father and brother prompted him to transform the family’s small collection of American art into the seedbed for a museum in their honor in the nation’s capital dedicated to modern art and its sources. Opening in 1921, The Phillips Collection, thus, predated the founding of the Museum of Modern Art (1929) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1931). Phillips’s view of art as a universal language that transcends national schools and eras endures to this day as an inspiration to others. This commitment to individual artistic positions remains of great importance.

    Phillips believed that “the spirit shared by artists from different parts of the world and different periods demonstrates that art is a universal language.” He collected 19th-century French paintings, such as those of Honoré Daumier (1808–1879), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), and the 20th century French master Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), and he also championed American artists who were indebted to their European role models. In the interwar years, conservative circles in the United States were suspicious of work that was abstract, independent, and infused with European avantgarde styles. The bridge between these two was the birth of modern art in America – which has been an integral part of The Phillips Collection’s mission ever since the collection was established.

    Like Duncan Phillips, the Museum Barberini’s founder, Hasso Plattner, collected French Impressionists along with contemporary American paintings. Our cooperation project between this major historical private collection and the Museum Barberini thus also brings together two like-minded partners.

    The exhibition catalog is being published by Prestel Verlag. Its 248 pages with 200 illustrations can be purchased for € 29.90 at the museum shop and for € 39.95 at regular booksellers. The essays are based on an international conference held on November 21, 2016, at the Museum Barberini. Two essays single out two major works from The Phillips Collection, while others examine the many and diverse links between American art and Europe.

    SERVICE INFORMATION & ADMISSION

    The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Museum Barberini, Potsdam.

    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    June 17–October 3, 2017

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Mon & Wed–Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., first Thu of every month: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Tue

    Mon–Fri (except Tue) for kindergartens and schools with reservations: 9 – 11 a.m.

    Admission: € 14 / reduced: € 10 / children and teens under 18: free

    Timed tickets available online at www.museum-barberini.com

  • 28 May 2017 | Press Release 
    320.000 Visitors: Opening Exhibitions at Museum Barberini Closes with Outstanding Visitor Numbers

    Potsdam, May 28, 2017

    320.000 Visitors: Opening Exhibitions at Museum Barberini Closes with Outstanding Visitor Numbers

    Opening in June: New Special Exhibition of American Modern Art

    Since the Museum Barberini opened at the beginning of this year, the rush of visitors continues unabated. The special exhibitions on Impressionism and Modern Art Classics with over 170 works on display attracted more than 320,000 visitors by May 28, 2017.

    During the first 112 days, around 220 school classes and kindergarten groups visited and 1,070 other group tours or workshops and 190 public tours were held. In addition, almost 30,300 annual memberships were sold. The award-winning museum app was downloaded 37,800 times and the museum’s social media portals have been registering a steadily growing number of followers. All of the timed tickets for the final weeks of the exhibition sold out quickly despite the extended opening hours. With over 320,000 visitors in four months, the new Museum Barberini is a milestone in the museum landscape.

    This amazing reception exceeds all expectations of the museum’s management team. The foundation of this new Potsdam museum is an initiative by SAP cofounder Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner and presents exhibitions with international partners under the direction of Dr. Ortrud Westheider.

    “We were expecting many visitors, but we didn't anticipate such large numbers. It's the best welcome that we could have possibly received here in Potsdam," said Dr. Ortrud Westheider at the conclusion of the current exhibition.

    From June 17 to October 3, 2017, the museum is presenting its first international cooperation project with The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. The show From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art follows the development of American art from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. For this exhibition, The Phillips Collection is sending 68 works of early American Modern Art to Germany for the first time.

    Due to the dismantling and mounting of the exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art, the museum will be closed on May 29 and 30, and from June 14 to 16, 2017. Between May 31 and June 13, 2017 certain exhibition galleries will be closed. Admission to the museum during this period costs € 4.

    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    June 17 to October 3, 2017

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstr. 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Mon & Wed–Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., first Thu of every month: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Tue

    Mon–Fri (except Tue) for kindergartens and schools upon prior registration: 9–11 a.m.

    Timed tickets: www.museum-barberini.com

  • 16 May 2017 | Press Release
    Mattheuers Der Jahrhundertschritt ist unbeschädigt

    Potsdam, 16. Mai 2017

    Mattheuers Der Jahrhundertschritt ist unbeschädigt

    Berichterstattung zum Vorfall an Mattheuers Der Jahrhundertschritt im Hof des Museums Barberini vom Samstag, den 16. Mai 2017

    Entgegen anderslautender Meldungen ist die Bronzestatue Der Jahrhundertschritt (Wolfang Mattheuer) im Außenbereich des Museums Barberini nicht beschädigt worden. 
Durch das Auslaufen der roten Farbe aus dem Kreppband sind lediglich der Sockel der Statue sowie die angrenzenden Steinplatten leicht rot verfärbt worden. Ein Großteil der Verfärbungen konnte direkt durch Museumspersonal und den Verursacher selbst bereinigt werden.

    Die Restauratorin des Museums Barberini konnte den Schaden am Montag eingehend prüfen und feststellen, dass derzeit noch verbleibende leicht rötliche Verfärbungen in den Bodenplatten durch Wettereinwirkung zeitnah gänzlich verschwunden sein werden. Die Plastik selbst hat keinerlei Schäden davongetragen.

    Das Museum Barberini zieht den vorbehaltlich gestellten Strafantrag gegen den Verursacher zurück.

    Zum Vorfall:

    Ein 74-jähriger Mann hat am Samstag ein circa 20 Meter langes rotes Kreppband ausgehend von der Skulptur Der Jahrhundertschritt von Wolfgang Mattheuer über die die Statue umgebenen Steinplatten gelegt. Trotz des unverzüglichen Eingreifens der Museumsaufsichten, konnte das Auslaufen der Farbe aus dem Kreppband durch einsetzenden Regen nicht verhindert werden.

    Der Mann wollte an dem Kunstwerk eine „Kunstaktion“ vollführen, die sich jedoch nicht gegen das Kunstwerk richtete, sondern den roten Streifen auf der Plinte mit dem Kreppband verlängerte. Die Verfärbung der Bodenplatten hatte er dabei nicht beabsichtigt.

    Zum Jahrhundertschritt von Wolfang Mattheuer:

    Wolfgang Mattheuers Plastik Der Jahrhundertschritt (Erstanfertigung 1984) existiert Deutschlandweit in sechs bzgl. Größe, Ausführung und Materialität unterschiedlichen Fassungen. Standorte finden sich in Berlin, Potsdam, Bonn, Leipzig, Halle und Aachen.

    Mit der eindrücklichen Gestik in Form der zur Hitlergruß erhobenen rechten Hand und der zur Faust geballten Linken vereint die Plastik Anspielungen auf zwei totalitäre Regime: Den Nationalsozialismus und den Kommunismus. Das Auseinanderstreben der Gliedmaßen, das sich bis hin zu einem Riss durch den Brustkorb der Figur manifestiert, zeigt die Zerrissenheit des 20. Jahrhunderts. Das sich im Ausfallschritt befindliche unnatürlich lange Bein im Zusammenspiel mit dem hinterherhinkenden Rechten deutet zusätzlich symbolhaft auf die Instabilität der Zeit hin. Mattheuers Der Jahrhundertschritt gehört zu den bedeutendsten Skulpturen des vergangenen Jahrhunderts.

  • 12 May 2017 | Press Release
    How American art became abstract: The Museum Barberini brings American modern art to Potsdam

    Potsdam, May 12, 2017

    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    June 17–October 3, 2017

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Press conference:

    June 15, 2017, 11 a.m.

    Following its opening exhibition, the Museum Barberini will present its first international cooperation project with the exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art from June 17 to October 3, 2017. For this, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is sending 68 works of early American modern art to Germany for the first time.

    American art from the first half of the twentieth century is still relatively unknown in Europe. The three central themes of the exhibition – landscapes, portraits, and cityscapes – present a cross-section of American painting. The show will trace the beginnings of abstract painting, which also developed during this time. After 1945, this culminated in Abstract Expressionism, and New York City became the new center of the art world. Works from The Phillips Collection highlight all of these developments.

    The exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art will provide a panorama of subjects and styles ranging from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism – taking visitors on a journey through landscape art, portrait painting, and cityscapes to Color Field Painting, with works along the way by George Inness (1825–1894), Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993), and more.

    With this joint project, Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Director of the Museum Barberini, continues the Museum Barberini’s programmatic approach to showing world-famous works of art in thematic exhibitions. Following her 2009 Hamburg exhibition Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time, she now presents the diversity of American modern art in eight thematic galleries. “America’s road to modern art is exemplified by works from The Phillips Collection. This partnership is a great honor for the Museum Barberini.”

    Dr. Dorothy M. Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.: “We are pleased to send major works from our collection to Potsdam in order to present American modern art to Europe. The newly opened Museum Barberini is an excellent place to showcase these objects.”

    The Phillips Collection

    Through his activity as a collector, Duncan Phillips (1886–1966), an art critic and patron of the arts, and founder of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., championed and supported America’s modern artists, especially between the world wars, and thus helped shape the canon of 20th century American art. The early deaths of his father and brother prompted him to transform the family’s small collection of American art into the seedbed for a museum in their honor in the nation’s capital dedicated to modern art and its sources. Opening in 1921, The Phillips Collection, thus, predated the founding of the Museum of Modern Art (1929) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1931). Phillips’s view of art as a universal language that transcends national schools and eras endures to this day as an inspiration to others.

    The exhibition catalog is being published by Prestel Verlag. Its 248 pages with 200 illustrations can be purchased for € 29.90 at the museum shop and for € 39.95 at regular booksellers. The essays are based on an international conference held on November 21, 2016, at the Museum Barberini. Two essays single out two major works from The Phillips Collection, while others examine the many and diverse links between American art and Europe.

    SERVICE INFORMATION & ADMISSION

    The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Museum Barberini, Potsdam.

    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    June 17–October 3, 2017

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Mon & Wed–Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., first Thu of every month: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Tue
    Mon–Fri (except Tue) for kindergartens and schools with reservations: 9 – 11 a.m.
    Admission: € 14 / reduced: € 10 / children and teens under 18: free
    Timed tickets available online at www.museum-barberini.com

  • 05 May 2017 | Pressemeldung
    Der 250.000 Besucher wurde im Museum Barberini begrüßt

    Museum Barberini öffnet bis 28. Mai 2017 zusätzlich auch dienstags 10–19 Uhr.

    Heute, am 5. Mai 2017, wurde der 250.000 Besucher im Museum Barberini begrüßt. Der Besucherandrang hält mit den beiden Ausstellungen Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft sowie Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky unvermindert an.

    In den ersten 100 Tagen des Museumsbetriebs wurden außerdem 132 Schulklassen- und Kindergartengruppen sowie 685 weitere Gruppenführungen und 148 Öffentliche Führungen angeboten. Es wurden darüber hinaus 23.372 Jahreskarten verkauft und die App wurde 30.648 heruntergeladen. Die Social Media Portale des Museums können bereits eine hohe Reichweite vorweisen und verzeichnen stetig wachsende Followerzahlen: Der Facebookkanal kann sich mit 7700 Fans bereits mit solchen von anderen renommierten Museen messen.

    Aufgrund des starken Interesses öffnet das Museum Barberini nun dauerhaft bereits ab
    10 Uhr. Außerdem entfällt im Zeitraum vom 1. bis 28. Mai 2017 der Schließtag am Dienstag, sodass die Eröffnungsausstellungen täglich von 10 bis 19 Uhr zu besuchen sind.

    Alle zusätzlichen Zeiten sind als Online-Zeitfenstertickets buchbar: www.museum-barberini.com.

    Vom 17. Juni bis zum 3. Oktober 2017 präsentiert das Museum in Zusammenarbeit mit der Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C. sein erstes internationales Kooperationsprojekt. Die Ausstellung: Von Hopper bis Rothko. Amerikas Weg in die Moderne. widmet sich der Entwicklung der amerikanischen Kunst vom Impressionismus bis zum Abstrakten Expressionismus. Die Phillips Collection schickt dafür erstmals 68 Werke der frühen amerikanischen Moderne nach Deutschland.

    SERVICEDATEN

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Mo & Mi–So 10–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do im Monat 10–21 Uhr, Di geschlossen
    1. Mai bis 28. Mai 2017: Mo–So 10–19 Uhr, kein Schließtag
    Mo–Fr (außer Di) für Kindergärten und Schulen nach Anmeldung 9–11 Uhr
    Online-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com

  • 27 April 2017 | Pressemeldung
    Museum Barberini öffnet dauerhaft mittwochs bis montags ab 10 Uhr

    Potsdam, 27. April 2017

    220.000 Ticketverkäufe in drei Monaten.

    Museum Barberini öffnet dauerhaft mittwochs bis montags ab 10 Uhr.

    Nur im Mai 2017 zusätzlich dienstags 10–19 Uhr geöffnet.

    Der Besucherandrang auf das Museum Barberini hält seit seiner Eröffnung am 23. Januar 2017 unvermindert an. Bis Ende April 2017 wurden mehr als 220.000 Tickets verkauft.

    Aufgrund des starken Interesses öffnet das Museum Barberini nun dauerhaft bereits ab
    10 Uhr. Außerdem entfällt im Zeitraum vom 1. bis 28. Mai 2017 der Schließtag am Dienstag, sodass die Eröffnungsausstellungen täglich von 10 bis 19 Uhr zu besuchen sind.

    Für die letzte Zeitschiene, von 18 bis 19 Uhr, gibt es ab sofort das ermäßigte Evening Special Ticket für € 8 und ermäßigt € 6.

    Alle zusätzlichen Zeiten sind als Online-Zeitfenstertickets buchbar: www.museum-barberini.com.

    Noch bis zum 28. Mai 2017 zeigt das Museum Barberini die Ausstellungen Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft sowie Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky und gewährt Einblicke in seine Sammlung mit insgesamt über 170 Werken in 17 Ausstellungssälen.

    Ab dem 17. Juni 2017 bis zum 3. Oktober widmet sich das Museum Barberini mit der Ausstellung Von Hopper bis Rothko. Amerikas Weg in die Moderne in Kooperation mit der Philipps Collection, Washington D. C. der Entwicklung der amerikanischen Kunst vom Impressionismus bis zum Abstrakten Expressionismus.

    Vom 28. Oktober 2017 bis zum 4. Februar 2018 zeigt das Museum Barberini die Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR und vom 23. Februar bis zum 10. Juni 2018 in Kooperation mit der Kunsthalle Bremen die Schau Max Beckmann. Welttheater.

    SERVICEDATEN & EINTRITT

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Mo & Mi–So 10–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do im Monat 10–21 Uhr, Di geschlossen

    1. Mai bis 28. Mai 2017: Mo–So 10–19 Uhr, Do 4. Mai 2017 10–21 Uhr

    Mo–Fr (außer Di) für Kindergärten und Schulen nach Anmeldung 9–11 Uhr

    Eintritt € 14 / ermäßigt € 10 / Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahre frei.

    Jahreskarte Barberini Friend (Einzelperson) € 30, Barberini Friends (Paare) € 50,
    Barberini Young Friend (Einzelperson < 35 Jahre) € 20

    Online-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com.

  • 19 April 2017 | Veranstaltungshinweis
    Einladung zum 4. Symposium Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR

    Potsdam, 19. April 2017

    Einladung zum 4. Symposium

    Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR

    24. April 2017, 10–18 Uhr im Museum Barberini

    In der DDR gab es eine offizielle Staatskunst; sie sollte politisch wirken. Diese ideologischen Verflechtungen wurden in den vergangenen Jahren in zahlreichen Ausstellungen untersucht. Wie aber reflektierten die Künstler im kritischen Blick nach innen ihr Selbstverständnis und ihr Verhältnis zur vorgeschriebenen staatstragenden Funktion? Die Ausstellung Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR widmet sich den Spielarten künstlerischer Selbstinszenierung in der DDR zwischen Rollenbild und Rückzug, verordnetem Kollektivismus und schöpferischer Individualität.

    Das Symposium bereitet die Ausstellung vor, die vom 28. Oktober 2017 bis zum 4. Februar 2018 im Museum Barberini in Potsdam zu sehen ist. Die Vorträge des Symposiums werden im Ausstellungskatalog veröffentlicht.

    Kostenbeitrag € 10,- / Freier Eintritt für Studierende

    Online-Tickets sind unter www.museum-barberini.com buchbar.

    Tickets sind zudem am Tag des Symposiums an der Museumskasse erhältlich.

    Veranstaltungsort: Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstr. 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Programm

    10:00
    Begrüßung
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini

    10:15
    „Dürfen Kommunisten träumen?“. Staatliche Vorgaben und künstlerische Freiheit in der DDR
    Dr. Michael Philipp, Museum Barberini

    11:15
    Selbstbildnis und Alter Ego. Die Inszenierung des Künstlers in der DDR
    Valerie Hortolani, Berlin

    12:15
    Mittagspause

    14:00
    Kunstproduktion im Plural. Kollektive und Kollektivität in der DDR
    Prof. Dr. Petra Lange-Berndt, Universität Hamburg

    15:00
    Abstraction: Autonomy by Withdrawal
    Hannah Klemm, St. Louis Art Museum

    16:00
    Kaffeepause

    16:30
    Der Blick auf Alte Meister. Verweise und Anverwandlungen
    Dr. Carolin Quermann, Städtische Galerie Dresden

    17:30
    „Drinnen, draußen und ich“. Zum Künstleratelier in der DDR
    Prof. Dr. Martin Schieder, Universität Leipzig

    18:30
    Empfang

  • 21 March 2017 | Press Release
    Museum Barberini verlängert die Öffnungszeiten

    Potsdam, 21. März 2017

    Museum Barberini verlängert die Öffnungszeiten
    Vom 1. April bis 28. Mai 2017 schon ab 10 Uhr geöffnet. Im Mai 2017 auch dienstags 10–19 Uhr geöffnet

    Das Museum Barberini reagiert auf den großen Besucherandrang zu seinen Eröffnungsausstellungen mit einer Verlängerung der Öffnungszeiten. Vom 1. April bis zum 28. Mai 2017 wird das Museum schon um 10 Uhr, anstatt wie bisher, um 11 Uhr öffnen. Außerdem öffnet das Museum vom 1. bis 28. Mai 2017 auch dienstags von 10 bis 19 Uhr, dienstags gibt es keine Führungsangebote. Alle zusätzlichen Zeiten sind ab sofort als Onlinetickets buchbar: www.museum-barberini.com.

    Seit Eröffnung des Museums Barberini Ende Januar 2017 hält der Besucherandrang unvermindert an. Um die 15.000 Besucher zählt das Museum wöchentlich bei seinen Eröffnungsausstellungen Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft und Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky. Insgesamt wurden bereits ca. 130.000 Tickets verkauft.

    Noch bis zum 28. Mai 2017 zeigt das Museum Barberini die Ausstellungen Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft sowie Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky und gewährt Einblicke in seine Sammlung mit insgesamt über 170 Werken in 17 Ausstellungssälen.
    Ab dem 17. Juni 2017 widmet sich das Museum Barberini mit der Ausstellung Von Hopper bis Rothko. Amerikas Weg in die Moderne in Kooperation mit der Philipps Collection, Washington D. C. der Entwicklung der amerikanischen Kunst vom Impressionismus bis zum Abstrakten Expressionismus.

    SERVICEDATEN & EINTRITT

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    ab 1. April 2017: Mo & Mi–So 10–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do im Monat 10–21 Uhr, Di geschlossen
    1. Mai bis 28. Mai 2017: Mo–So 10–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do im Monat 10–21 Uhr
    Mo–Fr (außer Di) für Kindergärten und Schulen nach Anmeldung 9–11 Uhr
    Eintritt € 14 / ermäßigt € 10 / Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahre frei.
    Jahreskarte Barberini Friend (Einzelperson) € 30, Barberini Friends (Paare) € 50, Barberini Young Friend (Einzelperson < 35 Jahre) € 20

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    Online-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com.

  • 24 February 2017 | Event announcement
    Invitation to the 3rd Conference Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage

    Potsdam, February 24, 2017

    Invitation to the 3rd Conference

    Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage

    March 29, 2017, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Max Beckmann was fascinated by the world of the theater, the circus, carnivals, vaudeville acts, and cafés as metaphorical arenas of human relationships and world affairs. He took on the role of a spectator and presented life as a stage in his paintings.

    Over 100 works with a direct reference to this subject area can be found in his oeuvre, including depictions of acrobats, portraits of actors, and backstage and dressing room scenes. The Kunsthalle Bremen and the Museum Barberini will hold an exhibition examining the concept of Welttheater that was associated with Beckmann’s work in the 1930s. This academic conference, which will be held on March 29 at the Museum Barberini, will present new research on Beckmann and his idea of the world as a stage. The lectures will be published as essays in the exhibition catalogue.

    In cooperation with the Kunsthalle Bremen where the exhibition Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage will be on display from September 30, 2017 to February 4, 2018. The show can be seen at the Museum Barberini from February 24 to June 10, 2018.

    Admission €10 / Students admitted free of charge

    Online tickets can be purchased at www.museum-barberini.com

    Tickets may be purchased on the day of the conference at the museum’s ticket counter.

    Location: Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstr. 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Program

    10:00

    Welcome

    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Grunenberg, Kunsthalle Bremen

    10:15

    Vom Theatrum mundi zur Schaubude. Beckmanns Idee des Welttheaters
    Dr. Eva Fischer-Hausdorf, Kunsthalle Bremen

    11:15

    Max Beckmanns Malerei als Zurschaustellung
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini

    12:15

    Lunch

    14:00

    Clowns, Tiere und Artisten. Beckmanns Passion für den Zirkus im Spiegel seiner Skizzenbücher
    Dr. Christiane Zeiller, Max Beckmann Archive, Munich

    15:00

    Max Beckmanns Triptychen als Bühnen-Bilder

    Dr. Lynette Roth, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge (USA)

    16:00

    Coffee break

    16:30

    Zwischen Katastrophenerfahrung und Weltanschauung. Zum Welttheater in der Literatur
    Prof. Dr. Irene Pieper, University of Hildesheim

    17:30

    Parodie, Experiment und Selbstbehauptung. Die Dramen Max Beckmanns
    Dr. Sebastian Karnatz, Bavarian Department of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes, Munich

    18:30

    Get Together

    The conference language is German.

  • 23 February 2017 | Press Release
    60.000 Besucher im ersten Monat: Museum Barberini übertrifft alle Erwartungen

    Potsdam, 22. Februar 2017

    60.000 Besucher im ersten Monat: Museum Barberini übertrifft alle Erwartungen

    Seitdem das Museum Barberini vor einem Monat, am 23. Januar 2017, für das Publikum öffnete, ist das Interesse der nationalen und internationalen Gäste ungebrochen. In den letzten vier Wochen besuchten bis zu 15.000 Kunstinteressierte pro Woche das neue Kunstmuseum in Potsdam. Besonders groß ist der Ansturm während der Woche bis zum frühen Nachmittag sowie an den Wochenenden. Es wurden 48.000 Zeitfenster-Tickets und 12.000 Jahreskarten verkauft.

    Auch digital erfreut sich das Angebot einer großen Beliebtheit. Die kostenfreie Barberini-App wurde schon 12.500 Mal heruntergeladen. Mit der App haben die Besucher die Möglichkeit, sich über die Ausstellungen und die Hintergründe des rekonstruierten Palais zu informieren. Sie enthält Audioguide-Touren mit unterschiedlichen Schwerpunkten für Erwachsene und Kinder. Die App bietet neben 360°-Panoramen eine Anmeldung zum Newsletter und die Weiterleitung zum Online-Ticket-Shop. Auch die Social Media Profile des Museums haben großen Zulauf. So können auf Facebook bereits über 6.600 Fans gezählt werden.

    Unter den zahlreichen Gästen konnten der Stifter des Museums Hasso Plattner und die Direktorin Ortrud Westheider bei der Eröffnung neben Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, Brandenburgs Ministerpräsident Dietmar Woidke, Potsdams Oberbürgermeister Jann Jakobs auch die Ehrengäste Bill Gates, Botschafter, Museumsdirektoren, Sammler, Schauspieler, Künstler sowie Persönlichkeiten aus Unternehmen und öffentlichen Einrichtungen begrüßen.

    Noch bis zum 28. Mai 2017 zeigt das Museum Barberini die Ausstellungen Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft sowie Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky und gewährt Einblicke in seine Sammlung mit insgesamt über 170 Werken in 17 Ausstellungssälen. Ab dem 17. Juni 2017 widmet sich das Museum Barberini mit der Ausstellung Von Hopper bis Rothko. Amerikas Weg in die Moderne in Kooperation mit der Philipps Collection, Washington D. C. der Entwicklung der amerikanischen Kunst vom Impressionismus bis zum Abstrakten Expressionismus.

    SERVICEDATEN & EINTRITTE

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Mo & Mi–So 11–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do im Monat 11–21 Uhr, Di geschlossen

    Mo–Fr (außer Di) für Kindergärten und Schulen nach Anmeldung 9–11 Uhr

    Eintritt € 14 / ermäßigt € 10 / Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahre frei.

    Jahreskarte Barberini Friend (Einzelperson) € 30, Barberini Friends (Paare) € 50,
    Barberini Young Friend (Einzelperson < 35 Jahre) € 20

    Online-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com

  • 27 January 2017 | Pressemeldung
    Auftakt Rahmenprogramm des Museums Barberini mit Vortrag / Mit Zeitfenstertickets erhalten Besucher Einlass ohne Wartezeiten

    Potsdam, 27. Januar 2017

    Auftakt Rahmenprogramm des Museums Barberini mit Vortrag

    Mit Zeitfenstertickets erhalten Besucher Einlass ohne Wartezeiten

    Seit das Museum Barberini am 23. Januar 2017 für das Publikum öffnete, bleibt das Besucherinteresse ungebrochen groß. Täglich haben in der Eröffnungswoche 1500 bis 2000 Kunstliebhaber das wiederaufgebaute Palais Barberini besucht und die Ausstellungen mit Werken von Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley und Auguste Rodin sowie Werke der Amerikanischen Moderne und Kunst der DDR bestaunt. Mit den Ausstellungen Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft sowie Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky und Einblicken in seine Sammlung zeigt das neue Kunstmuseum bis zum 28. Mai 2017 insgesamt über 170 Werke in 17 Ausstellungssälen.

    Neben regelmäßigen Führungen bietet das Museum Barberini auch ein Begleitprogramm an. Der erste Vortrag anlässlich der Ausstellung Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft wird durch den renommierten Kunsthistoriker James Rubin zum Thema Monet’s Water Lilies: Seeing with the Body in englischer Sprache am 30. Januar 2017 um 18 Uhr gehalten. Prof. Dr. James Rubin, einer der weltweit bekanntesten Spezialisten in Geschichte, Theorie und Kritik der europäischen Avantgardekunst des 19. Jahrhunderts mit Schwerpunkt vor allem in der französischen Kunst, lehrt an der State University of New York at Stony Brook.

    Vortrag

    Monet’s Water Lilies: Seeing with the Body

    30. Januar 2017, 18 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. James Rubin ist Kunsthistoriker an der State University of New York at Stony Brook.
    In englischer Sprache € 10 / ermäßigt € 8

    SERVICEDATEN & EINTRITTE

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Mo & Mi–So 11–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do im Monat 11–21 Uhr, Di geschlossen Mo–Fr (außer Di) für Kindergärten und Schulen nach Anmeldung 9–11 Uhr
    Eintritt € 14 / erm. € 10 / Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahre frei Jahreskarte Einzelperson € 30 / Jahreskarte Paare € 50 / Young Friend (unter 35 Jahre) € 20

    Online-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com

  • 20 January 2017 | Press Release
    Heutige Eröffnung des Museums Barberini mit Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel

    Potsdam, 20.1.2017

    Heutige Eröffnung des Museums Barberini mit Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel

    Heute Abend wird das Museum Barberini zusammen mit Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel feierlich in Potsdam eröffnet. Rund 650 geladene Gäste aus dem In- und Ausland nehmen an dem Festakt teil. Im Anschluss an die Eröffnung des neuen Kunstmuseums lädt Hasso Plattner zu einem Konzert mit der Rocklegende John Fogerty ein. Die Ansprachen des Abends halten Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner, der Potsdamer Oberbürgermeister Jann Jakobs, der Ministerpräsident von Brandenburg, Dietmar Woidke sowie die Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel.

    Unter den Gästen des Abends befinden sich viele bekannte Namen und hochrangige Persönlichkeiten, darunter Bill Gates, Günter Jauch und Wolfgang Joop.

    Auszug aus der Gästeliste:

    Stifter & Mäzen

    Prof. Dr. Hasso

    Plattner

    Founder and CEO SAO and HPI

    Potsdam, USA

    Dr. Angela

    Merkel

    Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany

    Berlin

    Dr. Dietmar

    Woidke

    Federal State Prime Minister of Brandenburg

    Potsdam

    Jann

    Jakobs

    Lord Mayor of Potsdam

    Potsdam

    Ehrengäste

    Bill

    Gates

    Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, Microsoft

    USA

    Matthias

    Platzeck

    Former Federal State Prime Minister of Brandenburg

    Potsdam

    Manfred

    Stolpe

    Former Federal State Prime Minister of Brandenburg

    Potsdam

    Botschafter

    Philippe

    Etienne

    Ambassador, France

    Wladimir M.

    Grinin

    Ambassador, Russian Federation

    Berlin

    Kent D.

    Logsdon

    Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America

    Berlin

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Hermann

    Parzinger

    Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

    Berlin

    Prof. Dr. Peter

    Schäfer

    Jüdisches Museum

    Berlin

    Eske

    Nannen

    Kunsthalle Emden

    Emden

    Dr. Philipp

    Demandt

    Städel Museum - Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie

    Frankfurt / Main

    Prof. Dr. Hartmut

    Dorgerloh

    Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

    Potsdam

    Axel

    Rüger

    Van Gogh Museum

    Amsterdam

    Dr. Christoph

    Becker

    Kunsthaus Zürich

    Zurich

    Privatsammler

    Christian und Karen

    Boros

    Berlin

    Julia

    Stoschek

    Düsseldorf

    Heiner und Ulla

    Pietzsch

    Berlin

    Medien

    Dr. Mathias

    Doepfner

    Axel Springer SE

    Berlin

    Friede

    Springer

    Friede Springer Stiftung

    Berlin

    Anja

    Zimmer

    Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB)

    Berlin

    Kultur

    Mayen

    Beckmann

    Estate Max Beckmann

    Köln

    David

    Chipperfield

    Architect

    Berlin

    Chris

    Dercon

    Volksbühne Berlin, former Tate, London

    Berlin

    Günther

    Jauch

    TV Presenter

    Potsdam

    Max

    Raabe

    Vocalist

    Berlin

    Christina

    Rau

    Foundation Zukunft Berlin

    Berlin

    Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich

    Raulff

    Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach

    Marbach

    Volker

    Schloendorff

    Europäisches Filmzentrum Babelsberg

    Potsdam

    Business

    Catherine von

    Fürstenberg-Dussmann

    Dussmann Stiftung & Co KGAa

    Berlin

    Karen

    Heumann

    Thjnk AG

    Hamburg

    Dr. Florian

    Langenscheidt

    Publisher and author

    Berlin

    Bill

    McDermott

    SAP America, Inc.

    USA

    Nathalie von

    Siemens

    Siemens AG

    Berlin

    Wissenschaft

    Prof. Paul

    Tucker

    University of Massachusetts Boston

    Boston / USA

    Prof. Dr. Ulrich

    Weinberg

    Hasso-Plattner-Institut at the University of Potsdam

    Potsdam

    Künstler

    Burghardt Klaussner

    Axel Milberg

    Wolfgang Joop

    Igor Levit

    Das Museum Barberini eröffnet mit den Ausstellungen Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft sowie Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky und gibt Einblicke in seine Sammlung. Insgesamt werden über 170 Werke gezeigt (23.1.–28.5.17).

    Der erste reguläre Ausstellungstag des neuen Museums Barberini ist am 23.1.2017 schon

    Online-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com

  • 09 January 2017 | Press Release
    New art museum in Potsdam: Museum Barberini opens

    Potsdam, January 11, 2017

    New art museum in Potsdam: Museum Barberini opens

    Press conference
    Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11 a.m.
    Alter Markt, Humboldtstr. 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Panel speakers:
    Prof. Dr. h.c. mult Hasso Plattner, Donor and Patron
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Director, Museum Barberini

    To be followed by a tour of the Museum Barberini

    In the past three years a piece of cultural history has been reconstructed in the heart of Potsdam. On January 23, 2017, the Museum Barberini, Potsdam's new art museum, will open on Alter Markt, the historic center of the city. Under the direction of Dr. Ortrud Westheider, the museum shows exhibitions in international partnerships, presenting individual themes, artists and eras. The collection of Hasso Plattner is the point of departure for these presentations, which range from the Old Masters to works from the 21st century. The collection focuses on Impressionism, American Modern Art, Art from the former East Germany, and painting after 1989.

    The Museum Barberini is opening with the exhibitions Impressionism: The Art of Landscape, and Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky. A total of over 170 works will be on display (Jan. 23 – May 28, 2017).

    The Museum Barberini was founded on the initiative of SAP cofounder Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner. In the past 20 years, he has gathered a collection of East German art and painting after 1989 as well as art historical masterpieces. Impressionist works by Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are represented alongside classic works of American modernism and American abstract art, such as paintings by Max Liebermann, Edward Munch, Joan Mitchel and Gerhard Richter. The collection reflects Hasso Plattner's interest in landscape and abstraction and the ability of art to address all the viewer's senses.

    The Museum Barberini presents the donor and patron with a place to display his collection to the public, to make it available for exhibitions, and to promote an exhibition program featuring international partnerships. He has given the responsibility of carrying this out to art historian Ortrud Westheider, who has excellent international contacts. She is planning to hold three rotating shows each year with works from the collection, supplemented by loans from private collections and museums in German and abroad. The collection of the Hasso Plattner Stiftung, with art from the former East Germany and paintings created after 1989, will be shown in dynamic rotating exhibitions.

    Furthermore, the work at the Museum Barberini is distinguished by academic exchanges, discussions, events, and digital art education. Regarding the opening of the Museum Barberini, Ortrud Westheider remarked: "I look forward to filling this new place with life. We would like to enable visitors to experience an intense encounter with original artworks, and establish Potsdam as a new center for art history."

    Opening exhibition (Jan. 23 May 28, 2017)
    The Museum Barberini opens with two exhibitions that are distinguished by their connection to each other. They position the collection of Hasso Plattner in the context of works from international museums and private collections. The 170 works include international loans from museums such as the Denver Art Museum, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. as well as international private loans from the USA, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, and the Netherlands.

    Impressionism: The Art of Landscape

    In the 19th century, Impressionist painters developed an awareness of the present that revolutionized art and continues to permeate events in painting in our time. Although their audience was in Paris and the city itself contained many motifs, landscapes provided the most important subject matter for Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Gustave Caillebotte. Against this backdrop they were able to test new artistic techniques. The exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape examines for the first time the experimental domains found in Impressionist landscapes. Artists depicted the sea, forest paths, meadows, gardens, snowy landscapes, and reflections on the surface of water, addressing all the viewer's senses. The show presents masterpieces in the context of 92 paintings which come from 32 international museums and private collections. They are displayed in thematic sections, showing series of the most important motifs. The exhibition sheds new light on Impressionist artists and their obsession with their own individual perception of light and nature.

    Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky

    The exhibition Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky focuses on upheavals in painting from modernism to the present day. With 60 paintings and sculptures from a period of 100 years, the show examines issues related to artistic and social emancipation in six sections. Today these works are considered classics of modern art. The exhibition begins in the 1890s and spans the period from German Impressionism through the Fauves to abstract painting after 1945 und highlights the development of painting in the 20th century.

    For the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape a catalog has been published in German and English by Prestel Verlag, Munich. It contains a preface by the museum's founder and patron Hasso Plattner. Essays by Stephen F. Eisenman, Christoph Heinrich, Nancy Ireson, Stefan Koldehoff, Richard Schiff and Ortrud Westheider are based on the first conference held by the Museum Barberini, which took place on June 28, 2016 in Potsdam. 252 pages, € 29.90 (at the museum), € 39.9 (in bookstores).

    Museum Barberini in the Barberini Palace

    The Hasso Plattner Stiftung is the supporting entity of the non-profit Museum Barberini GmbH. The foundation reconstructed the palace, which was destroyed during the Second World War, as a museum that combines traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology. Under its director Ortrud Westheider, the Museum Barberini shows exhibitions with international partners, and dynamic, rotating presentations of the collection in 17 galleries. The building also houses a shop, a café & restaurant with outdoor seating, and an auditorium for readings, concerts and lectures.

  • 07 December 2016 | Press Release
    2017 Exhibition Schedule and 2018 Opening Exhibition

    Potsdam, December 7, 2016

    Potsdam’s new art museum is opening in January 2017. Under Director Dr. Ortrud Westheider, the Museum Barberini will present exhibitions in international partnerships focusing on particular topics, artists and eras. In its opening year the museum will host international projects based on key aspects of the collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum’s benefactor and patron, ranging from Impressionism to Modern Art, and East German art to American Modern Art. 2018 will open with an exhibition on Max Beckmann


    From January 23 to May 28, 2017 the new Museum Barberini in Potsdam is showing two exhibitions, allowing visitors a glimpse into its holdings. The shows focus on Impressionist and Modern Art masterpieces and will display over 170 works. In the summer the museum will present American artworks rarely seen in Europe. In the fall of 2017, the focus will be on artists from the former East Germany.

    Impressionism: The Art of Landscape

    January 23–May 28, 2017

    Impressionist landscapes were not spontaneous mood paintings but were used by artists as a place to carry out their experiments. These artists liberated landscapes from their historic and symbolic significance. Designed to appeal to all the senses, the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape is divided into eight themes with 92 works which represent landscape painting as the guiding genre of Impressionism. With works by artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Gustave Caillebotte the exhibition brings major representatives of Impressionism to Potsdam.

    Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky

    January 23–May 28, 2017

    The term modern art embodies change, while classic stands for timelessness. The exhibition Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky draws a line from German Impressionism to Fauvism and Abstract Art after 1945 and addresses this dynamic era. With over 60 works, it recounts Art Stories which reveal that modern art has more than one story to tell.

    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    June 17–October 3, 2017

    The summer exhibition focuses on the development of American art from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism represented by masterpieces from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., America's first museum of modern art.

    Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR

    October 28, 2017–February 11, 2018

    The exhibition explores the various ways East German artists walked the fine line between their position as role models and their withdrawal from society, and between the collectivism prescribed by the state and their own creative individuality.

    Max Beckmann: World Theater

    February 23–June 10, 2018

    Max Beckmann (1884–1950) was fascinated by the world of the theater, the circus, and music halls as metaphorical settings for human relationships and world affairs. In his oeuvre one finds numerous paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures which allude directly to these subject areas and convey his idea of the world as a stage.

    This exhibition is held in cooperation with the Kunsthalle Bremen, where it will be on display from September 30, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

    SERVICE INFO & ADMISSION
    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam
    Mon & Wed–Sun: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., first Thu in the month: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Tue Mon–Fri (except Tuesday)
    for kindergartens and schools upon prior registration: 9 – 11 a.m.
    Admission: € 14 / Reduced: € 10 / Children and teens under 18: free
    Annual membership: Individual € 30 / Dual € 50 / Young Friend (ages 35 and under) € 20
    Book tickets online at www.museum-barberini.com

  • 05 December 2016 | Press Release
    Besuchertage #EmptyMuseum: 24.500 begeisterte Besucher im Museum Baberini

    Innerhalb einer Woche haben 24.500 Interessierte die noch leeren Räume des Museums Barberini besucht. Die positive Resonanz zeigte, wie viele Potsdamerinnen und Potsdamer eigene oder familiäre Erinnerungen mit dem Palais Barberini verbinden und die Wiedererrichtung als Teil ihrer Stadt begrüßen. Auch Besucher aus der Region und Berlin zeigten große Vorfreude auf das Ausstellungsprogramm des Museums. Mit Impressionismus, Klassikern der Moderne, amerikanischer Malerei und Kunst aus der Zeit der DDR verspricht das Eröffnungsjahr eine Bereicherung für alle Kunstliebhaber zu werden.

    Die wiederhergestellten Fassaden und die großzügigen, hellen Galerieräume im Inneren mit ihren hochwertigen Materialien wurden während der Besuchertage #EmptyMuseum (28.11.–4.12.2016) von den Gästen bewundert und gelobt. Unzählige Besucher notierten im digitalen Gästebuch ihre persönlichen Erinnerungen an das Palais Barberini oder dankten dem Stifter und Mäzen Hasso Plattner. Einige brachten auch persönliche Erinnerungsstücke mit. Der Enkel des ersten Potsdamer Lichtspieldirektors Theodor Kressel überreichte dem Museum beispielsweise ein Filmprogramm des Palais Barberini aus dem Jahr 1911.

    Ab dem 23. Januar 2017 ist das Haus mit der Kunst für alle geöffnet.

    Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft

    23. Januar–28. Mai 2017

    Klassiker der Moderne. Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky

    23. Januar–28. Mai 2017

    Von Hopper bis Rothko. Amerikas Weg in die Moderne

    17. Juni–3. Oktober 2017

    Hinter der Maske: Künstler in der DDR

    28. Oktober 2017–11. Februar 2018

    Max Beckmann. Welt-Theater

    23. Februar–10. Juni 2018

    Museum Barberini, Humboldtstraße 5–6 (Alter Markt), 14467 Potsdam

    Mo & Mi–So 11–19 Uhr, jeder erste Do 11–21 Uhr, Di geschlossen

    Mo–Fr (außer Di) für Kindergärten und Schulen nach Anmeldung 9–11 Uhr

    Eintritt € 14 / erm. € 10 / Kinder und Jugendliche bis 18 Jahre frei

    Jahreskarte Einzelperson € 30 / Jahreskarte Paare € 50 / Young Friend (bis 35 Jahre) € 20

    Online-Tickets unter www.museum-barberini.com

  • 17 November 2016 | Press Release
    The Museum Barberini with new website and multimedia art appreciation

    Potsdam, November 16, 2016

    The Museum Barberini with new website and multimedia art appreciation.

    Tickets can be reserved online starting now for the Visitor Days #EmptyMuseum and opening exhibitions

    With the Museum Barberini a new art museum is opening in Potsdam in January 2017. Around eight weeks before the official opening, the public will have a chance to explore the museum’s galleries from November 28 to December 4, 2016 before the artworks move in. Starting now, guests wishing to take part in the many events held during the Visitor Days can book free timed tickets through the Museum Barberini’s new website. Tickets to the opening exhibition which begins on January 23, 2017 can also be purchased online.

    Visitor Days #EmptyMuseum

    During the Visitor Days guests can take tours or use the Barberini app to learn more about the eventful history of the reconstructed palace, and discover how traditional craftsmanship and innovative technology have been combined in the new building. The Museum Barberini will look back on the palace’s days as a youth hostel, theater, cinema, civil registry office, dance school, and concert hall. The Hybrid Letter Box shares eyewitness accounts of the Barberini Palace by converting handwriting into digital entries in the visitors’ book directly. The exhibition Barberini Palace: Stories of a Building sheds light on the history of the Baroque palace, from its creation in 1771/72 until its destruction in 1945 and examines its reconstruction from 2013 to 2016. During the Visitor Days the public can enjoy tours, readings, films, dances, music and many new galleries and perspectives. Visitors can also experience an exciting program of events every day from 12 to 9 p.m. between November 28 and December 4. Monday is dedicated to the building’s architecture with quick tours through the museum and a talk held by the architect in the evening. Tuesday is all about art for youth. Workshops and tours for young people and children will be held. On Wednesday Bernd Geiling, company member of the Hans Otto Theater, will be recalling the palace as a theatrical venue. On Thursday André Kubiczek will read from his novel A Sketch of Summer and on Friday the museum will be transformed into a cinema with silent films by Hans Richter, Man Ray and Fernand Léger set to the music of a DJ. In addition, couples wanting to tie the knot can register to hold their marriage ceremony at the museum free of charge. The following weekend begins on Saturday with tango classes and Argentine milonga with tanguito Potsdam and DJ Ultimo Guapo. It ends on Sunday with a closing promenade concert in cooperation with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

    Admission is free. Tickets may be purchased online and the full program can be found at www.museum-barberini.com. Tickets are also available at the ticket desk in the museum during the Visitor Days.

    Press conference regarding the Visitor Days #EmptyMuseum

    November 24, 2016, 11 a.m.

    Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstr. 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    Opening Exhibitions

    From January 23 to May 28, 2017 the Museum Barberini will be presenting two opening exhibitions, providing insights into the collection. More than 170 works will be on display.

    Impressionism: The Art of Landscape

    Impressionist landscapes were not spontaneous mood paintings but were used by artists as a place to carry out their experiments. These artists liberated landscapes from their historic and symbolic significance. Designed to appeal to all the senses, the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape is divided into eight themes with 92 works which represent landscape painting as the guiding genre of Impressionism. With works by artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Gustave Caillebotte the exhibition brings major representatives of Impressionism to Potsdam.

    Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky

    The term modern art embodies change, while classic stands for timelessness. The exhibition Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky draws a line from German Impressionism to Fauvism and Abstract Art after 1945 and addresses this dynamic era. With over 60 works, it recounts Art Stories which reveal that modern art has more than one story to tell.

    Presentation of the collection: Artists in East Germany: A Look into the Collection

    The Museum Barberini Collection includes major paintings from the former East Germany. For the opening, two galleries present 20 works that illustrate a spectrum of painting that ranges from Bernhard Heisig to Stefan Plenkers. One gallery is dedicated to the imagery of Wolfgang Mattheuer, whose bronze Century Step has found a permanent home in the garden of the Museum Barberini.

    The website www.museum-barberini.com provides visitors with the opportunity to explore individual works and a fun way to learn about the exhibitions. Surprising and amusing perspectives fade Impressionist paintings into photographs taken on the same spot today. In addition, the website presents videos and background information on the history of the building and the artists in the collection, as well as Prof. Dr. h.c.mult. Hasso Plattner, founder and patron of the Museum Barberini.

    Visitor Days #EmptyMuseum

    November 28 – December 4, 2016, from 12–9 p.m.

    Free admission, timed ticket required

    Online tickets available at www.museum-barberini.com

    Opening exhibitions at the Museum Barberini

    Impressionism: The Art of Landscape

    Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky

    January 23 – May 28, 2017

    Mon & Wed–Sun: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., first Thu in the month: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Tue

    Mon–Fri (except Tuesday) for kindergartens and schools upon prior registration: 9 – 11 a.m.

    Admission: € 14 / Reduced: € 10 / Children and teens under 18: free

    Book tickets online at www.museum-barberini.com

  • 07 November 2016 | Event announcement
    First public event in the Museum Barberini

    Potsdam, November 7, 2016

    Note: this Press Release is only available in German


    Einladung zum 2. Symposium Von Hopper bis Rothko. Amerikas Weg in die Moderne 21. November 2016, 10:00-18:30 Uhr

    Das Symposium bereitet die Ausstellung vor, die vom 17. Juni bis 3. Oktober 2017 im Museum Barberini in Potsdam stattfindet. Die Vorträge des Symposiums werden im Ausstellungskatalog veröffentlicht.

    Die Ausstellung Von Hopper bis Rothko. Amerikas Weg in die Moderne (17. Juni bis 3. Oktober 2017) widmet sich der Entwicklung der amerikanischen Kunst vom Impressionismus bis zum Abstrakten Expressionismus. Mit Meisterwerken aus der Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C., zeigt das Museum Barberini repräsentative Positionen der Sammlung des ersten Museums zeitgenössischer Kunst in den Vereinigten Staaten.

    Ein Projekt der Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C., und des Museums Barberini, Potsdam

    Unkostenbeitrag € 10,– / Freier Eintritt für Studierende.
    Online-Tickets sind ab Mitte November unter www.museum-barberini.com buchbar. Tickets sind zudem am Tag des Symposiums an der Museumskasse erhältlich.
    Veranstaltungsort: Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstr. 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

    10.00 Begrüßung
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini

    10.15 Duncan Phillips und das erste amerikanische Museum für Moderne Kunst
    Dr. Susan Behrends Frank, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

    11.15 Thomas Eakins’ Miss Amelia Van Buren. Ein Portrait des Gilded Age Thomas Eakins’s
    Dr. Sylvia Yount, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    12.15 Mittagspause

    14.00 Impressionismus. Rezeption und Interpretation in den USA
    Susanne Scharf M. A., Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

    15.00 Marsden Hartley in Berlin
    Dr. Alexia Pooth, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

    16.00 Kaffeepause

    16.30 Edward Hopper. Sonntag
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini, Potsdam

    17.30 Go West! Amerikanische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert
    Dr. Corinna Thierolf, Pinakothek der Moderne, München

    18.30 Get Together

  • 18 October 2016 | Press Release
    New App: Museum Barberini

    Potsdam, 18. Oktober 2016

    Note: this Press Release is only available in German


    Im Januar 2017 eröffnet Potsdams neues Kunstmuseum im historischen Zentrum am Alten Markt. Ausgangspunkt für die Präsentationen von Kunst von den Alten Meistern bis ins 21. Jahrhundert ist die Sammlung Hasso Plattners, in der ein Schwerpunkt auf dem Impressionismus liegt.

    Ab sofort bietet eine aktuelle App für iPhone und Android die Möglichkeit, schon vorab die Räume des wieder aufgebauten Palais Barberini zu durchwandern. In 360°-Panoramen gibt es Bild- und Tondokumente zur bewegten Geschichte des Gebäudes, Zeitzeugen teilen ihre Erinnerungen und erste Kunstwerke kündigen das kommende Ausstellungsprogramm an.

    Die App wird bis zur Eröffnung mit weiteren Inhalten gefüllt und dann auch als Mediaguide bei Ausstellungsbesuchen dienen.

    Das Museum Barberini öffnet seine Türen für das Publikum am Montag, den 23. Januar 2017 mit der Ausstellung Impressionismus. Die Kunst der Landschaft und Klassikern der Moderne. Zuvor laden die Besuchertage #EmptyMuseum dazu ein, das leere Museums­gebäude zu entdecken (28. November bis 4. Dezember 2016).

    Die neue Museums-App kann gratis im App- und Google Play Store geladen werden.

    Features

    · 360°-Panoramen mit multimedialen Inhalten

    · Informationen zur Geschichte des Palais Barberini in Potsdam

    · Informationen zur Kunst (Impressionismus, Amerikanische Moderne, Kunst der DDR-Zeit und Malerei nach 1989) sowie zum Stifter Hasso Plattner

    · Öffnungszeiten, Angebote, Preise, Anfahrt

    · Newsletter-Registrierung

    Zum Museum Barberini

    Am zentralen Alten Markt in Potsdam, neben dem Stadtschloss, eröffnet mit dem Museum Barberini die Gründung des Kunstsammlers und IT-Pioniers Hasso Plattner am 23. Januar 2017. Die Hasso Plattner Stiftung finanziert den Wiederaufbau des Palais Barberini von 1771/1772 und ist Träger des Museums. Es ist Bestandteil des Wiederaufbaus einer der ehemals schönsten Plätze Europas und des historischen Zentrums Potsdams. Das Museum Barberini zeigt unter der Leitung von Dr. Ortrud Westheider drei bis vier Sonder­ausstellungen im Jahr, die ihren Ursprung in der Sammlung Hasso Plattners nehmen und in internationalen Kooperationen ausgerichtet sind. Die Sammlung reicht von den Alten Meistern bis ins 21. Jahrhundert, hat jedoch einen Schwerpunkt im Impressionismus.

  • 07 October 2016 | Press Release
    New Art Museum in Potsdam/Museum Barberini goes into operation on January 23, 2017

    Potsdam, October 7, 2016

    A piece of cultural history has been rebuilt in the heart of Potsdam over the past few years. Potsdam’s city center on Alter Markt has been returned to its former glory.

    In 1771/72 Frederick the Great had the Barberini Palace built as a stately mansion on the bank of the Havel River next to the Stadtschloss (City Palace). Along with the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) and the Alter Rathaus (Old Town Hall), this ensemble formed the center of the city for many years. The architect Carl von Gontard modeled the palace on the Baroque Palazzo Barberini in Rome. The building, which was largely destroyed during an air raid in April 1945, was finally demolished in 1948 and since 2013 has been reconstructed along its historic lines by the patron Hasso Plattner. The Hasso Plattner Stiftung is also the supporting entity of the new museum.

    Under the direction of Dr. Ortrud Westheider, the Museum Barberini, which opens in January 2017, will show exhibitions focusing on individual artists, topics and periods in cooperation with international institutions. The collection of Hasso Plattner, which includes many Impressionist works, will form the heart of exhibitions ranging from the Old Masters to the 21st century. Additional collections encompass works from American modern art, the former German Democratic Republic, and pieces created after 1989. An educational program for children and youth will accompany all exhibitions.

    The Museum Barberini will open its doors to the public on Monday, January 23, 2017 with the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape. With paintings by Claude Monet (1840– 1926), Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) and Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) the exhibition explores the Impressionists’ innovative painting techniques and the understanding of nature reflected in modern art. With their light-filled landscapes, painters such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro and Auguste Renoir created the equivalent to a modern expression of life. From Paris they travelled to the Normandy coast and explored villages along the Seine River. They were dedicated to painting outdoors and were guided by changes in the seasons and in the time of day. The exhibition places Hasso Plattner’s major collection in the context of works from international museums and private collections. It brings together 90 paintings from major museums including the Denver Art Museum, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

    Opening exhibition at the Museum Barberini, Potsdam
    Impressionism: The Art of Landscape​
    23. Januar – 28. Mai 2017

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  • 07 October 2016 | Press Release
    Visitor Days: #EmptyMuseum/Museum Barberini Allows a Look at the New Building

    Potsdam, October 7, 2016

    Excitement awaits the opening of the Museum Barberini on the Old Market Square in the center of Potsdam in January 2017. The opening show Impressionism: The Art of Landscape will focus on the major collection of the museum’s benefactor, Hasso Plattner, in the context of works from international museums and private collections.

    Visitor Days

    Before its inauguration, the Museum Barberini would like to enable all those interested to explore the museum while it is still empty. From November 28 to December 4, 2016 the museum will hold an open house for the residents of Potsdam. The architecture with its large entrance hall, stairway and the arrangement of the galleries can be experienced from the inside for the first time. The Visitor Days will also allow the museum to test the functionality of the systems in the galleries. Entry is free. Timed tickets can be booked online through the museum’s website beginning the middle of November 2016. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the cashier’s desk in the museum during the Visitor Days.

    The Barberini Palace on the bank of the Havel River not only provided prestigious living space but was also a public space and a stage for art and culture in Potsdam. Concerts, lectures and later light shows were held here. The public library, a youth hostel and the civil registry office were all housed in the palace well into the Second World War.

    The program of events during the Visitor Days starts with the eventful history of the building’s use. It ranges from literature to dance and music. In addition, bridal couples have the unique opportunity to have their civil service Friday December 2nd performed in the Museum Barberini. The Museum Barberini is accepting reservations immediately at hochzeit@museum-barberini.com.

    The Visitor Days are taking advantage of this unique occasion to present the construction and history of this important Potsdam building while the museum is still empty. Visitors can explore the history and stories of the Barberini Palace through documentation and architectural tours of the building. Memories of the previous building and wishes directed at the new museum will be collected in the Hybrid Letter Box. The program will be carried out together with Potsdam cultural sponsors. The full program of events will be announced shortly.

    Visitor Days at Museum Barberini, Potsdam
    #EmptyMuseumNovember 28 – December 4, 2016, daily from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. Timed ticket required

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  • 30 June 2016 | Press Release
    Wolfgang Mattheuer's 700 kg statue Jahrhundertschritt to be put in the Museum Barberini garden

    Potsdam, June 30, 2016

    Note: this Press Release is only available in German

    Wolfgang Mattheuers Bronzestatue Jahrhundertschritt (1984–1985, Guss 2006–2011) wird im Innenhof des Museum Barberini dauerhaft aufgestellt.

    Der Stifter und Mäzen des Museum Barberini, Prof. Hasso Plattner, hatte die Skulptur bereits 2012 als Bestandteil der Kunstsammlung seiner Förderstiftung auf dem Potsdamer Kutschstallhof installieren lassen, um sie dort der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich zu machen. Seit April 2016 befindet sie sich nun in der Berliner Kunstgießerei Krepp, die die Skulptur im Sinne des 2004 verstorbenen Künstlers Wolfgang Mattheuer gegossen hatte. Hier werden die nötigen Vorarbeiten ausgeführt, um das Kunstwerk am 30. Juni 2016 an seinem dauerhaften Standort im Garten des im Januar 2017 eröffnenden Museum Barberini aufzustellen. Es handelt sich mit fünf Metern Höhe um die größte der sechs existierenden Ausführungen der Statue. Sie wiegt 700 Kilogramm.

    Zum Jahrhundertschritt

    Wolfgang Mattheuers Plastik der Jahrhundertschritt (Erstanfertigung 1984) existiert Deutschlandweit in sechs bzgl. Größe, Ausführung und Materialität (Eisen und Bronze) unterschiedlichen Fassungen. Standorte finden sich in Berlin, Potsdam, Bonn, Leipzig, Halle und Aaachen.

    Mit der eindrücklichen Gestik in Form der zur Hitlergruß erhobenen rechten Hand und der zur Faust geballten Linken vereint die Plastik Anspielungen auf zwei totalitäre Regime: Den Nationalsozialismus und den Kommunismus. Das Auseinanderstreben der Gliedmaßen, das sich bis hin zu einem Riss durch den Brustkorb der Figur manifestiert, zeigt die Zerrissenheit des 20. Jahrhunderts. Das sich im Ausfallschritt befindliche unnatürlich lange Bein im Zusammenspiel mit dem hinterherhinkenden Rechten deutet zusätzlich symbolhaft auf die Instabilität der Zeit hin. Mattheuers Jahrhundertschritt gehört zu den bedeutendsten Skulpturen des vergangenen Jahrhunderts.

    Zum Museum Barberini

    Am zentralen Alten Markt in Potsdam, neben dem Stadtschloss, eröffnet mit dem Museum Barberini die Gründung des Kunstsammlers und IT-Pioniers Hasso Plattner am 23. Januar 2017. Die Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung finanziert den Bau und ist Träger des Museums. Das im Zweiten Weltkrieg zerstörte Palais Barberini am Alten Markt ersteht seit Herbst 2013 wieder nach seinem historischen Vorbild. Es ist Bestandteil des Wiederaufbaus einer der ehemals schönsten Plätze Europas und gleichzeitig des historischen Zentrums Potsdams.

    Auf 2.200 Quadratmeter Ausstellungsfläche werden nach der Eröffnung Kunstwerke gezeigt. Ein Veranstaltungs- und Mediensaal, ein Atelier für die Kunstvermittlung, Museumsshop und ein Bistro stehen den Besuchern darüber hinaus zur Verfügung.

    Ergänzend zur Sammlung der Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung zu Kunst der DDR-Zeit und Kunst nach 1989, die in wechselnden Präsentationen gezeigt wird, wird es drei bis vier Sonderausstellungen im Jahr geben, die ihren Ursprung in der Privatsammlung Hasso Plattners nehmen und in internationalen Kooperationen ausgerichtet sind. Die Kunstsammlung Hasso Plattners reicht von den Alten Meistern bis ins 21. Jahrhundert, hat jedoch einen Schwerpunkt im Impressionismus.

  • 09 June 2016 | Event Announcement
    The first public Symposium held by the Museum Barberini

    Potsdam, June 9, 2016

    The Museum Barberini will be holding its first symposium for the new art museum in Potsdam six months before its doors officially open. International experts will lay the groundwork for the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape (January 23 to May 28, 2017) on June 28 by presenting their research findings to the public. The Museum Barberini would like to invite future visitors to the Hasso Plattner Institute to get a glimpse behind the scenes into how the exhibition is organized. Among others, we are expecting the following speakers: Dr. Nancy Ireson, Curator at the Tate in London, Dr. Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Denver Art Museum, and the journalist Stefan Koldehoff, Cologne.

    We would be pleased if you would announce this event in your media.

    1st Museum Barberini Symposium
    for the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape

    on June 28, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Hasso Plattner Institute, Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2–3, 14482 Potsdam, Germany, Campus I, Hörsaalgebäude (Lecture Hall), Hörsaal (Auditorium) 3

    Cost € 10/students admitted free of charge

    Registration is not necessary

    Contact the Museum Barberini: info@museum-barberini.com, T + 49 331 97992-185

    Schedule, June 28, 2016:

    10:00 Welcome
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini

    10:15 Landschaft im Impressionismus. Eine Verortung
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini

    11:15 Serie. Wiederholung und Variation als Prinzip impressionistischer Landschaft
    Dr. Christoph Heinrich, Denver Art Museum

    12:15 Lunch

    14:00 Pissarro, Monet: Marks of Low Resolution
    Prof. Dr. Richard Shiff, The University of Texas at Austin

    15:00 Impressionism and Ecological Crisis
    Prof. Dr. Stephen F. Eisenman, Northwestern University, Evanston

    16:00 Coffee break

    16:30 Plein air and Poetry in the Impressionist Snowscape
    Dr. Nancy Ireson, Tate Modern, London

    17:30 Auf der Suche nach der modernen Landschaft. Die Impressionisten als Zeitzeugen der Industrialisierung
    Stefan Koldehoff, Cologne

    18:30 Reception

    About the Museum Barberini

    Located at the Alter Markt in the center of Potsdam next to the Stadtschloss (Potsdam City Palace) the Museum Barberini, founded by the art collector and IT pioneer Hasso Plattner, will open on January 23, 2017. The Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung is financing construction of the building and will continue to be the museum’s sole supporting entity. The Barberini Palace on Alter Markt, which was destroyed in the Second World War, is being rebuilt along its original, historic lines. Construction began in the fall of 2013. It is a part of the reconstruction effort of what was once one of Europe’s most beautiful town squares as well as the historic center of Potsdam.

    Works of art will be shown on a 2,200 square meter exhibition space after the opening. In addition, an auditorium, an art lab, a museum shop and a bistro will be open to visitors. Along with the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung collection which will show art from the GDR and international art after 1989 in rotating exhibitions, the Museum Barberini will display four special shows a year which are based on the private collection of Hasso Plattner and will be designed in cooperation with international partners. The Hasso Plattner collection ranges from the Old Masters to the 21st century, with a focus on Impressionism.

  • 28 April 2016 | Press Release
    Prof. Hasso Plattner introduces Dr. Ortrud Westheider as the new director of the Museum Barberini

    Potsdam, April 28, 2016

    Einführung: Prof. Hasso Plattner (Stifter)
    Antrittspräsentation: Dr. Ortrud Westheider (Direktorin)

    At the beginning of the month Dr. Ortrud Westheider assumed the directorship of the new art museum in Potsdam. She was officially welcomed today by the museum’s benefactor Prof. Hasso Plattner, and provided a glimpse of the newly founded museum’s program and position.

    Exhibition

    Westheider plans to show three major exhibitions per year at the Museum Barberini, based on Hasso Plattner’s art collection.

    The first two shows will focus on two key aspects of the private collection: Impressionism and American modern art.

    Future exhibitions at the Museum Barberini will also focus on Impressionism while at the same time remaining open to all periods in the visual arts.

    ​Rotating thematic presentations of the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung’s holdings with its focus on GDR art will be held at the same time, giving the museum a unique position among other institutes. The third exhibition during the opening year will examine this aspect of the collection.

    In accordance with Westheider’s signature work, exhibitions at the Museum Barberini, designed in international collaboration, will both appeal to a broader public and be based on scholarly research. “With exhibitions on Frida Kahlo, Miró and Picasso as well as thematic shows from the ancient world to modern art, Ortrud Westheider has always understood how to breathe life into a segment of art history, and combine the latest research with shows that interest the public. The Museum Barberini can build on these experiences,” states Prof. Hasso Plattner, whose beneficiary foundation established the museum and maintains it as a nonprofit PLC.

    A cultural center in the historic heart of Potsdam

    Reconstruction of the eighteenth century palace and its opening as the Museum Barberini in January 2017 provides Potsdam with a new cultural tourist attraction. Located at the reconstructed Alter Markt with the St. Nicholas Church and the Brandenburg parliament building, the Museum Barberini will bring art to the historic center of Potsdam. History, science and culture are all present here as seen in the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History, the Potsdam Museum, the Filmmuseum Potsdam and the Wissenschaftsforum. Ortrud Westheider believes that the reconstructed palace captivatingly completes the square. “The Museum Barberini is the perfect place to present art and make use of its liberating potential to communicate it to the public. The Hasso Plattner collection is a wonderful discovery and a great starting point for numerous exhibition projects. Potsdam’s historic center and the upbeat mood of the city provide a one-of-a-kind environment for it.”

    Presentation of the collection

    Exhibitions at the Museum Barberini will be accompanied by rotating thematic presentations of the collection that will change three times a year.

    For the opening, the collection will explore the development of Impressionism in Germany with Max Liebermann (1847–1935) and his reception in Expressionism by Emil Nolde (1867–1956). French Postimpressionism and Fauvism along with masterpieces by Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Sam Francis (1923–1994) and Gerhard Richter (*1932) will add to the museum’s first show. A monographic room with works by Wolfgang Mattheuer (1927–2004) – in the context of the sculptureJahrhundertschritt (1984–1985) which is on permanent display in the courtyard of the Museum Barberini – and a gallery exploring the art of the GDR deliver insight into what future presentations of the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung collection have in store.

    In addition, the museum will dedicate, a room to the Italian Pallazzo Barberini in Rome which was the original architectural inspiration for the Barberini Palace, and explore the history of the building in Potsdam, beginning with its builder Frederick the Great in the eighteenth century through to its destruction in the Second World War.

    The benefactor

    As the founder and longtime director of the software company SAP, Hasso Plattner is one of the most distinguished German businessmen and one of the few German entrepreneurs of international standing. He has been a patron of the German and international scientific community for many years. His well-known foundations include the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University in the USA.

    The public has been less aware of Hasso Plattner’s passion for art. During his decades-long career in business, Hasso Plattner assembled, nearly unnoticed, one of the most comprehensive collections of Impressionist landscape paintings. It includes a large number of major works by Claude Monet (1840–1926), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894), Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) and Alfred Sisley (1839–1899).

    The opening exhibition

    Along the lines of Westheider’s exhibition concept, the private collection will be the focus of the exhibition Impressionism: The Art of Landscape, which will inaugurate the Museum Barberini on January 23 of the coming year. Running until May 28, 2017, the exhibition will display for the first time major works from Plattner’s private collection which focus on Impressionist landscapes.

    The exhibition will be supported by loans from museum collections such as the Denver Art Museum and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, along with numerous international private collections.

    The show illustrates how the Impressionists transformed subjects such as water, fields, and snowy landscapes into fertile ground for experimentation. Their struggle against the rules of the academy broadened the modern concept of landscape art, demonstrating how images of nature became an element in modern art.

    The symposia: A scholarly foundation

    The exhibitions at the Museum Barberini will be prepared at academic symposia. For the opening exhibition, the Museum Barberini will hold an international symposium on June 28, 2016 at the Hasso Platter Institute with experts in Impressionism who are currently examining aspects of Impressionist landscapes in their research. The essays and the results of the following discussions will form the basis of the exhibition catalogue. Renowned scholars such as Dr. Nancy Ireson from the Tate, London, Prof. Stephen F. Eisenman from Northwestern University in Evanston, Prof. Richard Shiff from the University of Texas in Austin and Dr. Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Denver Art Museum and Stefan Koldehoff, Journalist from Cologne are expected to attend.

    Overview of 2017

    The 2017 summer exhibition is entitled From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art (June 17 to October 3, 2017). It focuses on American art from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism, a development that is rarely shown in Europe. With masterpieces from the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. the Museum Barberini will display one of the most important historical private collections in the USA. The exhibition focuses on the history of modern art in America from the perspective of Duncan Phillips, who, as a private collector of American avant-garde artists such as Thomas Eakins (1844–1916), Winslow Homer (1836–1910), Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993), Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) and Mark Rothko (1903–1970), played a groundbreaking role in introducing the USA to modern art.

    During the fall and winter the Museum Barberini will examine the art of the GDR. From October 28, 2017 to February 11, 2018 the show will explore current issues, which will be discussed at a symposium in March, 2017.

    Experiencing the original in art

    Exhibitions and presentations of the collection will appeal both to the population of Potsdam and tourists of all ages. The intrinsic goal of the program of events and all exhibitions at the Museum Barberini is to experience originality. The accompanying program and art education therefore focus on increasing awareness and becoming familiar with what makes art innovative.

  • 01 March 2016 | Press Release
    Museum Barberini in Potsdam to open on January 23, 2017

    Potsdam, March 1, 2016

    The scaffolding surrounding the newly reconstructed Barberini Palace at Alter Markt in the center of Potsdam next to the Stadtschloss (Potsdam City Palace) has been taken down. A date has been set for the museum to begin operations: The Barberini Museum, which is supported by the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung, will open its doors to the public on Monday January 23, 2017 with the exhibition Impressionism. The Art of Landscape.

    Under the direction of Dr. Ortrud Westheider, the Museum Barberini will show exhibitions presenting individual topics, artists and periods in cooperation with international institutions. The collection of Hasso Plattner, which includes many Impressionist works, will form the heart of exhibitions ranging from the Old Masters to the 21st century. Additional collections encompass works from American modern art, the former German Democratic Republic, and pieces created after 1989.

    Since 2013, the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung has financed the current reconstruction and will continue to be the museum’s sole supporting entity. The Barberini Palace on Alter Markt, which was destroyed in the Second World War, is being rebuilt along its original, historic lines. It is a part of the reconstruction effort of what was once one of Europe’s most beautiful town squares as well as the historic center of Potsdam.

    Opening Exhibition

    Impressionism. The Art of Landscape (Jan. 23, to May 28, 2017)
    The show Impressionism. The Art of Landscape will inaugurate the museum, bringing together works from the collection of Hasso Plattner with loans from international museums and private collections. With paintings by artists such as Claude Monet (1840–1926), Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) and Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) the exhibition will focus on developments in painting made by the Impressionists and the understanding of nature found in modern art.

    To prepare for the exhibition, the Museum Barberini will host a public symposium on June 28, 2016 at the Hasso Plattner Institute.

    The Collection

    The influence of French Impressionism on German and Scandinavian art is the subject of the collection’s opening presentation. Paintings by Max Liebermann (1847¬–1935), Emil Nolde (1867–1956) and Edvard Munch (1863–1944) will be on exhibit on the ground floor. Post-Impressionist developments in French art will be documented in works by Maurice de Vlaminck (1876–1958), André Derain (1880–1954) and Auguste Herbin (1882–1960). A gallery showing American modern art will present insight into another major aspect of the collection. The Museum Barberini will also display its collection of art from the former GDR and international art after 1989 in rotating exhibitions. The opening show will present a monographic exhibition dedicated to the painter Wolfgang Mattheuer (1927–2004) and give a first glimpse of the collection.

    The museum will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays to 10 p.m. In addition, the morning hours will be reserved for school groups.

    Regular admission is € 12 per person, € 8 per person for discounted rates and for groups of 10 and more. Admission is free for children and youth under 18.

    More information on the exhibition programs will be announced by Dr. Ortrud Westheider on April 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum Barberini. Prof. Hasso Plattner will also be in attendance.

  • 19 August 2015 | Press Release
    Director for Museum Barberini announced. Ortrud Westheider to head Potsdam's new Art Museum

    Potsdam, August 19, 2015

    A new manager will take over at Museum Barberini in Potsdam on 1 April 2016. Dr Ortrud Westheider (age 50) has been head of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, neighbouring Hamburg’s town hall, since 2006. Previous to this, she worked as curator at the exhibition house, which was established in 2002 and is financed by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius foundation.

    Hasso Plattner, whose foundation established and is currently managing the museum, explains the appointment: “In order to ensure the high level for Barberini that we desire from the very start of the museum in 2017, we searched for a director with international renown, an experienced museum manager and exhibition designer who can lend charisma to the museum, its exhibitions and its collection presentations. Within just a few years, Dr Ortrud Westheider turned the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg to one of the most significant exhibition houses both nationally and internationally. We are glad that we have been able to win her over for Potsdam and look forward to working together.”

    Ortrud Westheider finds it fascinating to be able to fill a new exhibition house once again with life and, what’s more, to be able to work with a collection in Potsdam too: “The fact that Hasso Plattner rebuilt the war-damaged Pallazo Barberini is a magnificent deed. The opportunity to establish this house as an exhibition, collection and research centre is something that I view as a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”

    Spanning 2,200 square metres of exhibition space, Museum Barberini will display exhibitions with an international presence from all areas of the visual arts as well as a continuous collection of masterpieces from the former GDR. The exhibitions will be prepared to also include international symposia. The focal point of the research at Museum Barberini is Impressionism.

    The building to house the Museum Barberini is scheduled to be completed at the end of next year: the opening exhibition is then planned for spring 2017. Potsdam’s replica of the Roman Barberini Palace will create the southern end of the Old Market Square within the city’s architectural composition. For centuries, up to its destruction in 1945, the Barberini Palace was considered to be one of the most impressive and magnificent civil buildings in Potsdam. The engagement by the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung foundation offered the city the chance to make the city centre, and the Old Market Square in particular, even more attractive with a masterly building and an important museum.

    Long-lasting support by the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung foundation will also ensure that the Museum Barberini remains publicly accessible for the citizens of and visitors to the city of Potsdam for many years to come.

  • 20 February 2015 | Press Release
    Museum Barberini construction going according to plans/Artistic Director Dr. Peter Joch moving in a new direction

    Potsdam, February 20, 2015

    The Museum Barberini in Potsdam is slowly taking shape – it has been growing floor by floor on the Alter Markt right on schedule.

    This marks the end of the initial phase of the project: the building now stands and its facade has been reconstructed in keeping with its original form; a suitable legal structure has been found and the Museum is now registered as a non-profit limited liability company (gGmbH); and it is financed through the Hasso Plattner Foundation.

    In keeping with plans, the contract for the founding Artistic Director, Dr. Peter Joch was also scheduled to run out at the end of the year. However, Joch has requested that he be released from his contract earlier and the management has granted his request. “We regret that our Founding Director, Peter Joch has already asked to be released from his duties, but we do understand that in light of the impending end of his contract, he wants to re-orient himself in time,” explained Managing Director, Dr. Rouven Westphal. Over the last two years, Joch has successfully guided the Museum through its initial founding phase and has done his part to significantly position Museum Barberini within the museum scene. “Now, we can build on these formative years and go on to concretely plan the opening and the exhibitions,” Westphal went on to say.

    The Museum Barberini building should be finished by the end of next year. The grand opening showing the first exhibition is planned for the spring of 2017.

  • 20 February 2015 | Press Release
    Museum Barberini holds Topping-out Ceremony with 200 guests/Lord Mayor Jann Jakobs and Vice President of the State Parliament Dieter Dombrowski offer congratulations

    Potsdam, February 20, 2015

    The building shell is finished – the roof has been erected: together with 200 construction workers, neighbors and project members, the Museum Barberini celebrated its topping-out ceremony today. Building owner Hasso Plattner thanked the workers, planners and those involved for their achievement of keeping on a tight schedule through working overtime and on double shifts. In planning his museum, Plattner received a great deal of support from the State of Brandenburg and the City of Potsdam. The former Minister President Matthias Platzeck helped him with the intensive search for an appropriate location and with contacting the former owner Abris Lelbach, who thankfully gave up his own plans for the site to make way for the museum.

    Hasso Plattner said, “A house has been built here to serve the public on two levels: on one hand, through making it possible for people to encounter unique works of art and on the other hand, through the distinctive building itself which is integrated into the design of the Old Market Square (Alter Markt) and at the same time, wonderfully opens up down to the waters of the Alten Fahrt.“

    Lord Mayor Jann Jakobs congratulated all and thanked the Museum’s patron saying that the Barberini Museum is an asset for the city that is on the way to its new, old center. Jakobs stated that, “Potsdam’s Old Market Square is re-emerging as one of the most beautiful places in Europe.” The Vice President of the State Parliament, Dieter Dombrowski underlined how happy Parliament members were about its new neighbor and thanked all who helped in making this step possible. Architect Thomas Albrecht prophesized that the Old Market Square would regain its position as the heart of the city and thanked the city of Potsdam for its courageous decision to reconstruct the building.

    The Museum Barberini is a landmark building located on the Old Market Square (Alten Markt). The state capital city of Potsdam agreed to the reconstruction in September 2010. The topping-out ceremony today marks the end of the structural phase of the building project. The finished building will provide over 2,200 sq. meters of exhibition space covering three floors. In addition to these areas will be a café that can seat 50 guests, a museum gift shop, a museum-pedagogic workspace and an auditorium that can accommodate 200 people.

    The construction preparations began in the fall of 2013. During this time, the site on the Alten Fahrt canal, which is one of the oldest parts of Potsdam, was successfully examined for munitions detection and archeological finds. Especially, the underground parking garage, which was built on the riverbank, required complex technical equipment. Nevertheless, thanks to double shifts and overtime, as well as the mild winter – the ambitious time schedule could be adhered to. Now, the interior construction phase can begin. This is very complicated because of the degree of climate control and security technology need for a museum. The building should be finished by the end of 2016. The grand opening showing the first exhibition is planned for the spring of 2017.

    Hasso Plattner commented, “Already by the fall of this year, you will be able to recognize the Old Market Square in its original beauty. I am still very pleased over the enormous amount of support that the people of Potsdam have shown for this project.”

  • 04 September 2013 | Press Release
    Museum Barberini to have public entrance from the Riverside

    Potsdam, September 4, 2013

    The Museum Barberini’s large flight of steps is to be restored to its former glory on the Alte Fahrt, a branch of the River Havel in Potsdam.

    During opening hours, the rear doors will be open to enable the public to experience the Museum Barberini’s inner courtyard and make a valuable addition to the planned riverside promenade along the Alte Fahrt.

    Moreover, a pavilion is also in the pipeline near the steps (although planning permission has not yet been granted), where coffee and cake will be on sale to make the most of the flight of steps as a spot to enjoy the view over the river and the Freundschaftsinsel (Friendship Island).

    Like the original building, the design vocabulary of the new wings has been reduced considerably compared to the baroque head structures. The new design has fewer windows and provides for more eye-catching head structures.

  • 15 August 2013 | Press Release
    Peter Joch appointed as artistic director of Museum Barberini

    Potsdam, August 15, 2013

    Peter Joch was appointed as Artistic Director of the Museum Barberini, a project financed by patron Hasso Plattner, which is currently being built at Alter Markt in Potsdam. Joch is an art historian; during his career, he worked among other things as curator for the Ludwig Forum for International Art at Aachen, taught and researched at a number of universities and published on behalf of the German Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

    In 2001, Peter Joch became a curator at Kunsthalle Darmstadt, where he organised highly regarded exhibitions, for example on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner or the Bauhaus movement. He is also known for cross-period thematic exhibitions such as “Märchen Kunst” (“Fable Art”) or “Gesichtslos: Die Malerei des Diffusen” (“Faceless: Painting the Diffuse”). He will take responsibility for the Museum Barberini right from the beginning. One of his first tasks in Potsdam will be to expand and preserve Hasso Plattner’s collection of east German art.

    “My key goal is to create an interesting dialogue between this exceptional collection and temporary exhibitions,” Joch says about his plans for the new museum. The newly appointed founding director is enthusiastic about his new job: “I am exceptionally happy about this unique chance. It is not every day that there is an opportunity to establish a museum of far-reaching artistic impact at a place of such historic importance.” In addition, he will focus on the first temporary exhibition on French impressionists and expressionists, which will take place at the time of the opening of the museum at the end of 2016.

  • 06 August 2013 | Press Release
    Museum Barberini with historic Portico

    Potsdam, August 6, 2013

    The historic façade of the Museum Barberini will be reconstructed, with the portico being built according to the original design. The arcades will not be glazed.

    A central revolving door in the façade will enable visitors and passers-by to cross the museum’s lobby (provided that this does not interfere with the normal functioning of the museum) and reach the courtyard and the Havel shore by a second revolving door.

    The entry to the underground parking will be integrated in the façade in order to provide the parking spaces required under the “Leitbauten” (key buildings) concept. The entry will be integrated into the façade in a way that ensures that it is as inconspicuous as possible. It will also be used for the safe delivery of works of art and thus promote the orderly functioning of the museum.

  • 08 June 2013 | Press Release
    Barberini Palace to become an Art Museum

    Potsdam, June 8, 2013

    Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung and Lelbach Stiftung plan to rebuild the Barberini Palace in Potsdam. The historic façade is to be reconstructed, and the building will house an art museum. Last Wednesday, the Potsdam City Council granted the necessary permits.

    Hasso Plattner said: “I am exceptionally happy about the clear vote of the Potsdam City Council, which makes it possible to use the Barberini Palace as a museum. Thanks to this decision, the palace will be accessible for all citizens of Potsdam, and Alter Markt will become an attraction for art lovers from all over the world. However, the figures (and rumours) which are currently being bandied about are wrong and without foundation in fact.” For example, construction and maintenance costs for the museum are currently being calculated. Both will be borne exclusively by Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung.

    The Barberini Palace will house a series of temporary international exhibitions. The Hasso Plattner Collection of works by painters from the former German Democratic Republic will be the only permanent exhibition. The museum will open with a large temporary exhibition of French impressionists and expressionists. An educational concept for children and teens is being prepared as well.

    The work is to start in April 2014, and the construction will be completed by the end of 2016.

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