Past exhibitions

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Following in the Footsteps of Grünwedel
Research on the restoration of Central Asiatic wall paintings as part of the KUR programme

The National Museums in Berlin owns the most important collection of artworks from Central Asia in...
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Rudolf Virchow: Houses in Rastede, ca. 1890

Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Explorations in Europe
Visual Studies in the 19th Century

After two years of extensive renovations, the Museum of European Cultures is all set to reopen its...
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Pithos from DAI digs at the Urartian fortress of Bastam, 8th c. BCE

Pergamonmuseum
Tehran 50.
Half a Century of German Archaeology in Iran

Tehran 50 celebrates the foundation of the Tehran Department of the German Archaeological Institute...
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Ethnologisches Museum
South America in Pictures

The exhibition presents photographs and films on Central and South America selected from three...
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Kunstgewerbemuseum
Prize for Craft Design for the State of Berlin, 2011: 'Body and Soul'

'Body and Soul' is this year's motto for 'Landespreis Gestaltendes Handwerk', a competition for...
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Gemäldegalerie
Albrecht Altdorfer (ca. 1480-1538)
Drawings and Prints from the Kupferstichkabinett

An exhibition presented by the Kupferstichkabinett, held in the Gemäldegalerie's special 'closet...
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Jiøí Šalamoun: Diáø Vokabuláø, 1985/2005

Kunstbibliothek
I Dreamt I Was a Dog that Dreams.
Picture Stories by Hans Hillmann and Jirí Šalamoun

The Art Library presents two graphic artists, Hans Hillmann (born 1925) and Jirí Šalamoun (born...
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Exhibition view of Divided Heaven. The Collection. 1945 - 1968. Neue Nationalgalerie

Neue Nationalgalerie
Divided Heaven
The Collection. 1945 - 1968. Neue Nationalgalerie

After 'Modern Times. The Collection 1900-1945', the second instalment in the showing of the...
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Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, untitled, 2003

Pergamonmuseum
From Medina to the Jordanian Border
Photographs by Ursula Schulz-Dornburg

In the run-up to our major exhibition, 'Roads of Arabia. Archaeological Treasures from Saudi...
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Gerhard Altenbourg, Obstructed Leap, 1951

Neue Nationalgalerie
Gerhard Altenbourg 1926-1989
Early Works

Continuing our 'Cabinet in the Gallery' exhibition series, the SMB's Kupferstichkabinett is about...
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Sebastian Lang: Behaviour Scan, 2011

Museum für Fotografie

What topics are seized on by art today? How are they presented? And which works are going to endure...
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Paul Laffoley: The Orgone Motor, 1981 (detail)

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
secret universe II
Paul Laffoley

In an exhibition series entitled secret universe, the Hamburger Bahnhof is dedicating itself to...
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Schloss Köpenick
War Court in Köpenick!
Anno 1730: Crown Prince-Katte-Order of the King

In 1730 the Prussian king and his eldest son had become so estranged from each other that the Crown...
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Kupferstichkabinett
From Rembrandt's Time
The Art of Drawing in Holland's Golden Century

With Dutch art from the 17th century, frequently referred to as the 'golden century', one usually...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Chrysanthemums and Bamboo
Symbolism, Legends, Polymorphism

Chrysanthemums and bamboo are two of the most popular motifs in Chinese painting, even today, and...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Bamboo and its Friends
Chinese Painting from the Ming and Qing Dynasties

The three 'friends of winter': bamboo, plum blossom and pine remain a very popular motif, even...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Joseph Beuys
8 Days in Japan and the Utopia of Eurasia

In 1984, Joseph Beuys spent eight days in Japan on the occasion of a show of his work, held at the...
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Titan at the feet of the goddess Artemis. Detail from the eastern frieze of the Pergamon Altar, 180-160 BCE

Pergamonmuseum
Pergamon
Panorama of the Ancient Metropolis

From 30th September 2011 to 30th September 2012 the National Museums in Berlin presents the first...
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Alte Nationalgalerie
Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Designs for Sculptors Entwürfe für Bildhauer

Schinkel's achievements as an architect are undisputed. But Schinkel was much more-a universal...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Taryn Simon
A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters was produced over a four-year period (2008-11),...
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Tomás Saraceno: Cloud Cities, 2011

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Tomás Saraceno
Cloud Cities

Tomás Saraceno's installations shatter traditional concepts relating to place, time, gravity and...
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Jürgen Albrecht: Instrument Nr. 5, 24.9.2001, 2001, Videostill (detail); loan from the artist

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Architektonika

To coincide with the exhibition by Tomás Saraceno in the gallery's historical central hall, an...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
National Gallery Prize for Young Art
Cyprien Gaillard, Kitty Kraus, Klara Lidén und Andro Wekua

This year will already be the sixth time the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst has been...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Fuji Doubled
Udo Kaller / Katsushika Hokusai

To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the start of diplomatic ties between Japan and Germany,...
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Installation view Rabindranath Tagore,
Galerie Ferdinand Möller, 1930
Repro: Kai-Annett Becker

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
The Last Harvest
Rabindranath Tagore - 98 masterpieces in Berlin

Not only was Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) a poet, composer and philosopher, he was also an...
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Katsushika Hokusai (Edo, 1760-1849)
Gewitter am Fuße des Berges. Aus: 36 Ansichten des Berges Fuji
Japan, Tokugawa-Zeit, um 1831

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Hokusai in Dahlem

The centrepiece of this temporary exhibition is a rare scroll painting by the painter and...
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Friedrichswerdersche Kirche
Tino Sehgal
This is Propaganda


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Sandro Botticelli
Profilbildnis einer jungen Frau
(Simonetta Vespucci?), um 1476

Bode-Museum
Renaissance Faces
Masterpieces of Italian Portraiture

The Gemäldegalerie and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have undertaken a landmark...
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Gemäldegalerie
Early Portraits from the North
Drawings and prints from the Kupferstichkabinett

While the Gemäldegalerie presents Italian 'Renaissance Faces' in the major show in the Bode Museum,...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Max Beckmann
Self-portraits in the Graphic Arts

As part of the 'Cabinet in the Gallery' series, the Kupferstichkabinett will be presenting Max...
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Pergamonmuseum
Festivities Portrayed in Islamic Art
Celebrations at the Indian Court

Court painters, active at various courts across India, filled their pictures with radiant colours,...
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Kulturforum
Visions & Fashion
Images of Fashion 1980-2010

Fashion images - artistic interpretations of fashion in the form of photography and illustration -...
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Kulturforum
100 Best Posters 10
Germany Austria Switzerland

This year, as in previous years, the Art Library will be presenting, in conjunction with 100 Beste...
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Museum für Fotografie
Abisag Tüllmann 1935-1996.
Photojournalism and Stage Photography

Coinciding with the artist's 75th birthday, the posthumous exhibition 'Abisag Tüllmann 1935-1996....
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Eberhard Havekost
RAUM, 2008
Inkjet; 40 x 60 cm
Erworben aus Mitteln der Stiftung DKLB von
der Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin.

Kupferstichkabinett
New Realities
PhotoGraphik from Warhol to Havekost

This themed exhibition is dedicated to the artistic transfer of photographically produced images in...
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Helmut Newton: Paris Match, Monte Carlo 1985 (detail)

Museum für Fotografie
Helmut Newton Polaroids

Polaroid technology revolutionized photography. Polaroids have been used in artistic and commercial...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Actor Prints from Osaka

In the 17th century, the woodcut print began evolving into an independent art form in the region...
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Olaf Haacke
Halsschmuck, 1997
Gold, Eisen

Schloss Köpenick
Metal - Art - Craft
Contemporary Works by Four Berlin Artists

What the internationally known artists Olaf Haacke (* 1951), Lutz Holland (* 1934), Rüdiger Roehl...
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Museum Berggruen
Brassaï Brassaï
In the Studio and on the Street

Here we see Georges Braque gesturing to a cow, while in other shots strange beings stare out at us...
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Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
Brassaï Brassaï
In the Studio and on the Street

Here we see Georges Braque gesturing to a cow, while in other shots strange beings stare out at us...
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Kulturforum
Eating, Drinking, Festive Celebrations
The Carl Kraemer Primary School

The Carl Kraemer School, which places a special curricular focus on art, has seen several successes...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Sacred Mountains, Sublime Summits
The Myth of the Landscape in the 20th Century

Landscape painting is considered the noblest genre in Chinese painting. Its chief concern is not...
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Andrea del Sarto
Studienblatt mit einem Jüngling und dem
Kopf eines alten Mannes nach rechts
(Homer?), um 1520/1521

Gemäldegalerie
The Vasari Century
Florentine Draughtsmen of the Cinquecento

As the fruits of a collaborative project with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, the...
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Kunstbibliothek
The Most Beautiful German Books of 2010

For more than 50 years the most beautiful books in the German language have been showcased each...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
The Chinese Pleasure Garden
Erotic Art from the Bertholet Collection

The exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the realm of Chinese erotic art. Unlike its...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
secret universe I
Horst Ademeit

With secret universe, Hamburger Bahnhof begins a series of exhibitions focusing on artists who have...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Ducks in the Lotus Pond
Flowers and Birds in Chinese Painting

Flowers and birds have represented a key theme in Chinese painting ever since records began....
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Neues Museum
In the Blink of an Eye
From Eye Inlays to the Artificial Eye

The production of artificial eyes dates back to the very beginnings of the first advanced...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Stella & Calatrava
The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain

Both are undoubted world stars: the American artist Frank Stella, who has used painting since the...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Containers
Installations by Young-Jae Lee

Young-Jae Lee, born in 1951 in Korea, is a creator of ceramic vessels who works with great passion...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Kashmir in 19th Century Photography

This veritable Shangri-La at the foot of the Himalayas, with its favourable climate and picturesque...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Richard Long
Berlin Circle

Richard Long (*1945, Bristol, England) is one of the leading protagonists of 'land art', along with...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Land Art

In the context of the time-based and dematerialised art movements such as processual art and...
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Alte Nationalgalerie
The Collection of the Banker J.H. Wagener
The Formation of the National Gallery

The formation of a national gallery had been the focus of countless debates and numerous efforts...
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Pergamonmuseum
Schahname. Heroic Times
A Thousand Years of the Persian 'Book of Kings'

In 2010 the world celebrated the tenth centenary of the completion of the Persian 'Book of Kings'....
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Neue Nationalgalerie
El Lissitzky: Victory over the Sun
Lithographs from the Years 1919-1923

El Lissitzky, an important figure of the Russian avant-garde, who was born in 1890 in...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
The Apparatjik Light Space Modulator

Apparatjik has been invited by the Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin to present the...
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Gemäldegalerie
The Fabric of Light
A History of the Painting of Light

A tour has been devised through some of the rooms at the Gemäldegalerie as an...
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Kunstbibliothek
The Architectural Dreams of Jugendstil.
Joseph Maria Olbrich

The year 2011 marks the centenary of the acquisition of the graphic works that Joseph Maria Olbrich...
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Kulturforum
Feininger from Harvard
Drawings, Watercolours and Photographs

An exhibition presented by the Harvard Art Museum / Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge,...
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Museum für Fotografie
From Cairo to Tell Halaf
The Photograph Collection of Max von Oppenheim

An exhibition by the Art Library's Photographic Collection, in conjunction with the Max Freiherr...
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Gemäldegalerie
Hans Baldung, called Grien
Master in the Age of Dürer

As part of the series of rotating studio exhibitions held in the Gemäldegalerie, the...
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Ai Weiwei: Teahouse, 2009; permanent loan by Collection Dieter and Si Rosenkranz

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Ai Weiwei: Teahouse, 2009

'Teahouse, 2009' is an iconic work by the most famous Chinese conceptual artist working today, Ai...
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Joan La Barbara: She Is Always Alone, 1979, Videostill (detail)

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Live to Tape
The Mike Steiner Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof

From the beginning of the 1970s, gallerist, collector and artist Mike Steiner was one of the...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Jenny Holzer

Exactly ten years ago, in 2001, the American conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer, created her...
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Kulturforum
Le Grand Paris
The Future of Cities

In conjunction with the Institut français d'Allemagne, Cité de l'Architecture and the Alfred...
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Pergamonmuseum
The Tell Halaf Adventure

During an expedition in the Middle East in 1899, Max Freiherr von Oppenheim (1860-1946), heir to a...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Marcel Duchamp
Belle Haleine: Eau de Voilette

For just 72 hours, the Nationalgalerie will unveil to the public Marcel Duchamp's legendary perfume...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Else Lasker-Schüler
The Pictures

Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945) was not only a brilliant poet, but she also created an extensive...
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Yamaguchi Akira (geb. 1948)
Nô-Gewand vom Typ Chôken mit Design
von Pampasgras und Schmetterlingen
Seidengaze, 2. Hälfte 20. Jh.

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Costumes for Noh Theatre
The Sato Yoshihiko Memorial Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center: The Collection

In conjunction with the Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin and the Sato Yoshihiko Memorial...
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Schloss Köpenick
Fine Craftsmen's Tools and Locks from Three Centuries

The Museum of Decorative Arts has in its collection numerous magnificent handcrafted works, the...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
God-like Humans, Human Gods
Painting the Figure in the 20th Century

The immense changes that took place in Chinese society over the course of the 20th century are also...
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Wilhelm Ahlborn,
Blick auf Florenz, 1832
Zustand vor der Restaurierung, Öl auf Leinwand,
70 x 99 cm
ehemals Kriegsverlust, Rückkehr 2010

Alte Nationalgalerie
Loss and Return.
Lost and Recovered Works from the National Gallery

The number of works from the National Gallery's collection tragically lost over the course of the...
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Bode-Museum
Gold Giants
Great Pieces of Gold in Coins and Medallions

An exhibition presented by the National Museums' Numismatic Collection and the Kunsthistorisches...
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Neues Museum
Pioneer of Egyptology
Carl Richard Lepsius. 1810-1884

The 200th anniversary of Carl Richard Lepsius's birth on 23 December 2010 is good cause for the...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Cory Arcangel
Here Comes Everybody

The New York-based artist Cory Arcangel (* 1978) uses his work to explore the practices and myths...
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Phalere mit
Pferdekopfdarstellung
vermutl. aus Maikop, Russland, sarmatisch
1./2. Jh. n.Chr.
Silber, vergoldet, Dm. 12,5 cm
Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte SMB,

Pergamonmuseum
The Silver Horse
Archaeological Treasures between the Black Sea and the Caucasus

This exhibition, conceived by the Museum of Prehistory and Early History in cooperation with the...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Kaomise
Kabuki Theatre in Edo

Kabuki theatre has been the most popular indigenous theatre form in Japan since the late 17th...
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Michelangelo Merisi gen. Caravaggio, 1571-1610
Der ungläubige Thomas, um 1600/01

Gemäldegalerie
Homage to Caravaggio 1610/2010

Two paintings by Caravaggio can be found in German collections: the Gemäldegalerie's 'Amor Vincit...
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Schatt-el-Arab

Ethnologisches Museum
In the Reed Landscapes of the Euphrates and Tigris
Photographs by Heinz Westphal from southern Iraq, 1955/56

In the years 1955 and 1956 Heinz Westphal travelled through southern Iraq, together with his wife,...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
August Macke
1887-1914

As part of the 'Cabinet in the Gallery' series of exhibitions, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of...
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Imaizumi Imaemon XIV (geb. 1962)
Deckeldose mit Chintz-Blüten-Dekor in
Schneeflocken-Technik, Typ
Iro-Nabeshima, 2005

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Ceramic Cosmos Japan
The Crueger Collection

Japan's ceramic-making tradition ranks as one of the oldest and most multifaceted in the world....
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Carsten Höller
Soma

How do we achieve enlightenment? What role is science given in our society, and what role myth? Do...
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Kupferstichkabinett
Text as Image
The Art of Typography and Calligraphy from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era

As part of the 'World as Words' season at the Kultforum, the Kupferstichkabinett is dedicating...
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Tanz des Kondors
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Kolumbien
1980

Ethnologisches Museum
Photography as Document
The Kágaba of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

The expulsion of the native population was one of the many consequences of the Spanish conquest of...
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Giovanni d`Enrico, genannt Tanzio da Varallo (1575/80-1633),
Studie für einen gestürzten Soldaten (1628-29)

Gemäldegalerie
Master Draughtsmen from Caravaggio's Circle

It is a widely held view that Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, (Milan 1571 - Porto Ercole...
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Grete Stern, Selbstporträt,
Buenos Aires, 1972

Ethnologisches Museum
Grete Stern - From the Bauhaus to the Gran Chaco
Documentary photography in the north of Argentina (1958-1964)

The exhibition presents a cross-section of Grete Stern's photographic work that includes studio...
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Madonna mit Kind zwischen zwei Engeln,
aus der Pala d'Argento

Bode-Museum
Pala d'Argento
The Gilded-Silver Altar Screen from the Church of San Salvador in Venice restored by Venetian Heritage Inc.

Not far from Piazza San Marco stands the Church of San Salvador. Designed by Tullio Lombardo and...
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Museum für Fotografie
Microphotography
Beauty beyond the Visible

Microphotography oscillates between the realms of science and art more than any other genre in...
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Kulturforum
World as Words
The 20th Century in Europe and the USA

At its heart, this exhibition, organized by the Art Library, explores the sign system formed by the...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
People and Gods
Figure Painting in China

Figure painting had already become the most important genre in Chinese painting by the time of the...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Willem de Rooij
Intolerance

The Dutch artist Willem de Rooij (*1969) combines images in media as diverse as sculpture, film and...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Pause. Valeska Gert: Moving Fragments

Valeska Gert's transdisciplinary art is to be paid tribute to for the first time ever in the...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Courtly Elegance and Military Might

With the rise of the military nobility (or samurai) under the leadership of a shogun, a new form of...
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Pergamonmuseum
Glass, Handle with Care!
Fragile Art 700-2010

The fascination of glass lies in its transparency, colours and diversity of forms, its radiance,...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Philipp Lachenmann
Some Scenic Views

The Hamburger Bahnhof proudly presents the exhibition, 'Some Scenic Views', to mark the acquisition...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Portraits from the Mughal Era
Part II

The Collection of South, South-East and Central Asian Art contains a significant collection of...
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Kunstgewerbemuseum
Manual - Mechanical
19th Century Glasses from the Museum of Decorative Arts' Storerooms

This exhibition contains around 300 exquisite examples of decorative glasses from the 19th century...
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Bode-Museum
Georg Schweinfurth
Pioneer of Textile Archaeology and African Explorer

Encouraged by textile finds dating from Late Antiquity, discovered in Arsinoe (Egypt) at the...
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Brigitte Nielsen and son
Beverly Hills 1990

Museum für Fotografie
Alice Springs

Starting in 1970, June Newton created own photographic works under the pseudonym Alice Springs....
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Samuel Bourne and Colin Murray
Early Photography from Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan

Since 2007 one of the main thrusts of the Museum of Asian Art's exhibitions has been its focus on...
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Potsdamer Platz, 1914

Neue Nationalgalerie
Modern Times
The Collection. 1900-1945. New National Gallery

The true extent of the wealth of artworks owned by the National Gallery is to be revealed as never...
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Legende: Charles Kerry (1858-1928)
Narimboo, Workii Tribe,
Sydney, Australien um 1890

Ethnologisches Museum
Australia through the eye of the camera
Selected photos of Charles Kerry (1858-1928) and John W. Lindt (1845-1926)

At the beginning of the 20th century the Ethnological Museum paid special attention to photographs...
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