Past exhibitions

Bust of Queen Nefertiti in Neues Museum, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, Amarna, Egypt, c 1340 BC;
Donation James Simon

Neues Museum
In the Light of Amarna
100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery

To mark the anniversary of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti on 6 December 1912, the Egyptian...
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Helmut Newton, French Vogue, Monte Carlo 1980

Museum für Fotografie
Helmut Newton: World without Men / Archives de Nuit
François-Marie Banier: Portraits

Fashion photography was always the most important genre in Helmut Newton's work. Long before he...
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Hans-Peter Feldmann
Die Büste der Nofretete, 2012
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Neue Nationalgalerie
Hans-Peter Feldmann. The Bust of Nefertiti

From 6th December 2012 to 6th January 2013, the Düsseldorf-based artist Hans-Peter Feldmann shows...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Nina Canell. Rolf Julius
Lautlos

The exhibition is an encounter between the works of two artists from different generations, who...
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Christmas pyramid featuring the church in Seiffen, Seiffen, Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), ca. 1980

Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Christmas Pyramids
Tradition and Modernity

During the Christmas period, illuminations on pyramid-shaped frames were once found in many regions...
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Bode-Museum
Translatio Nummorum
The First Twelve Roman Caesars in the Renaissance

Ancient coins are still the richest source of information passed down to us today from the period...
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Photographer unknown, Detective Art Madzinski inspects Yellow Cab found burned at Hoyne-
Ogden aves. Driver fleed, 1937

Museum für Fotografie
Bogomir Ecker
Idylls + Catastrophes

Bogomir Ecker has been collecting historical photographs for many years with an unconventional,...
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Erik Steinbrecher: WIE AM SCHNÜRLI, rakete.co 2012

Kunstbibliothek
Erik Steinbrecher UBER ALLES (Above All)

Artist Erik Steinbrecher, who was born in Basel in 1963 and now lives in Berlin, has designed a...
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The loge at Mascaron Doré, 1894 (detail)

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
The Eccentric Gaze. Goya, Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec
Homage to the Historical Collection of Otto Gerstenberg

Goya, Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec - three artists from three generations, united by the critical gaze...
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Ten-Foot Flowers nach Andy Warhol / 2009: Isabelle Kelz & Jenny Kowalevsky

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
COPY & PASTE
The Counterfeit Workshop An exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Kurt-Tucholsky-School

'Copy and paste' are terms and actions that we are all familiar with through work on the computer....
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The narrow side of a sarcophagus,Relief of Christ, 3rd century/early 5th century

Bode-Museum
Josef Strzygowski and the Berlin Museums

With the aim of creating a high-quality collection of artworks from late antiquity and Byzantium...
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Bode-Museum


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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Childhood memories are central to Martin Honert's artworks which will be presented by the...
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Fyodor S. Rokotov: full-length portrait of Catherine II (the Great), 1775/1780, State Historical Museum, Moscow

Neues Museum
Russians & Germans
1000 Years of Art, History and Culture

For the first time a major exhibition is being held that will highlight the historical depth and...
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Large tray with depiction of the Eight Daoistic Immortals, late 15th or 16th century

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
...immersed in lacquer
A German private collection of Chinese lacquerware

"...immersed in lacquer. A German private collection of Chinese lacquerware" is an impressive...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Breathing New Life into Old Forms
The acquisition of contemporary paintings in East Berlin

In East Berlin in 1952, the foundation of a new museum dedicated to East Asian art posed quite a...
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Claes Oldenburg: Notebook Page, Study for a Sculpture in the Form of a Bouquet, 
1961-1962 (detail)

Neue Nationalgalerie
Claes Oldenburg
Works on Paper

This exhibition combines drawings and lithographs which Claes Oldenburg made in the 1960s. Born in...
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Jean de la Huerta, mourner from the tomb of John the Fearless, 1443-1456

Bode-Museum
Lamentation for a Dead Prince
The Pleurants from the Tomb of Duke John the Fearless in Dijon

The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, which is partially closed for renovations, has generously sent...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Elegant Gifts
Social Networking through Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Chinese literati, painters and calligraphers have always presented their essays, poems, and...
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MIXART
Exhibition by young people for young people


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Alte Nationalgalerie
The Romantic Middle Ages
Architecture and Nature in Painting after Schinkel

Complementing the Schinkel exhibition at the Kulturforum,the museum will present architectural...
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Karl Friedrich Schinkel: The Hall of Stars in the Palace of the Queen of the Night, set design to 2nd decorations for The Magic Flute, around 1815

Kupferstichkabinett
Karl Friedrich Schinkel
History and Poetry

An exhibition organised by the National Museums in Berlin - Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints...
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Gemäldegalerie
Gilt Strips of Wood
Schinkel framed pictures

In 1822 Karl Friedrich Schinkel was commissioned to construct the 'Royal Museum' at Lustgarten. The...
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Lothar Wolleh: Untitled [Joseph Beuys at Moderna Museet, Stockholm], 1971

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Lothar Wolleh
Joseph Beuys at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Januar 1971

In January 1971 the photographer Lothar Wolleh accompanied Joseph Beuys to his first exhibition...
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Pergamonmuseum
Damascus and Aleppo - cities at risk

Hand-drawn pictures from the perspective of the pedestrian and two large drawings from a bird's eye...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Worlds of Colour
Woodcuts from the 18th century

This special exhibition of selected artworks focuses on the development from monochrome...
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Christa Zeißig: Industrial landscape, 2012

Museum Europäischer Kulturen


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Albert Thomas Watson Penn: Toda-woman, 1870-80

Museum für Fotografie
The Colonial Eye
Early Portrait Photography in India

One of the world's most comprehensive and significant collections of portrait photography from...
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Ingeborg Lüscher: Die andere Seite, The Other Side, 2011 (Filmstill)

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Ingeborg Lüscher
Die andere Seite. The Other Side. Israel / Palästina Three-channel video installation HD, 30'20'' loop, 2011

Think. Who are you, your name, your origin?Think. What has the other side done to you?Think. Can...
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Kunstbibliothek
Homme de lettres
Federic. The King at his Writing Desk

The exhibition 'Homme de lettres - Féderic: The King at his Writing Desk' traces the broad spectrum...
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Paul McCarthy: The Box, 1999; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof

Neue Nationalgalerie
Paul McCarthy. The Box

The American artist Paul McCarthy (born 1945 in Salt Lake City) has become internationally well...
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Cycladic idol, believed to be from the island of Amorgos, ca. 2700-2400/2300 BCE

Altes Museum
Back to the Beginnings
Treasures from Early Civilizations in the Aegean at the Collection of Classical Antiquities

This small exhibition on the upper floor of the Altes Museum draws on exemplary objects within the...
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Gemäldegalerie
Elegance and Rough Manners. Cornelis Bega
A Haarlem Painter from the 17th Century

For the first time, a comprehensive solo exhibition has been dedicated to the work of Cornelis Bega...
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Rocket & Wink (Gerald Rocketson, Petronius Amund Wink, Alexander Rötterink, Reginald Wagner):
Slime; Client: Flatstock Europe, Hamburg; Print: KnowWhere, Ute Beling, Hamburg

Kulturforum
100 Best Posters, No. 11
Germany Austria Switzerland

The competition '100 Best Posters of the Year - Germany Austria Switzerland 2011', now held on an...
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Section of a celestial globe, 1st century C.E.

Pergamonmuseum
Beyond the Horizon
Space and Knowledge in the Cultures of the Ancient World

The exhibition addresses a wide array of questions about the understanding of space in the ancient...
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David Hockney: The Arrival, 1963, folio 1 from: A Rake´s Progress. A Graphic Tale Comprising Sixteen Etchings. 1961 to 1963, London: Editions Alecto 1963, Artists Proof

Neue Nationalgalerie
A Rake's Progress
David Hockney's Prints from the 1960s

Born 75 years ago in Bradford, England, David Hockney first travelled to the United States in 1961,...
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Schloss Köpenick
Porcelain for the Palaces of Frederick the Great

During the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) Frederick II had Prussian troops take control of the...
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Alte Nationalgalerie
Alfredo Jaar - The way it is
An Aesthetics of Resistance

In cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie and Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neue Gesellschaft für...
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Plates bearing the Prussian coat of arms, from a dinner service for Frederick II, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong era, before 1755

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
China and Prussia
Porcelain and Tea

The treasures of the Far East - porcelain and tea - have fascinated Europeans since the early...
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Helmut Newton: Saddle I, from the series Sleepless Nights, Paris 1976 (detail)

Museum für Fotografie
Helmut Newton
White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes

The current exhibition from the Helmut Newton Foundation, which had its first showing in the Museum...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Martin Gostner
The Oriel of the Blue Horses (Oriel 7)

The terrace of the Neue Nationalgalerie became the setting for Martin Gostner's installation "Der...
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Morton Bartlett, untitled, 1950s

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
secret universe III
Morton Bartlett

The third exhibition of the "secret universe" series presents the work of the American artist...
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Pergamonmuseum
Fascinated by Blue and White
Chinese Porcelain in Islamic Painting

Long before the European obsession for Chinese porcelain began, the attractive high-fired wares...
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Yinka Shonibare: MBE The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Africa), 2008

Kulturforum
On the Plurality of Worlds
The Arts of the Enlightenment

The European Enlightenment is famed as an epoch of literature and philosophy, an epoch of writing....
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Marko Djurdjevic: Cover-Artwork, Spider-Man, 2007

Museum Europäischer Kulturen
comicleben_comiclife

The exhibition gives us a glimpse into the daily lives of seven people who are very much influenced...
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Oki Kangaku, family of monkeys, Japan, 19th century; Collection Neumann-Ogando

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Fascinated by Nature
Landscapes, Plants and Animals in the Tradition of East Asian Painting from the Neumann-Ogando Collection

About 60 pictures by Japanese and Chinese painters from the 18th to 20th centuries in the form of...
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Qiu Shihua: Untitled, 1986; Private collection, courtesy m Bochum Kunstvermittlung

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Qiu Shihua
White Field

This exhibition in the National Gallery's Hamburger Bahnhof of paintings that include many major...
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Bode-Museum
Ceramic and Glass

The storerooms of the Museum of Byzantine Art contain an array of ceramics and several surprisingly...
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Anthony McCall: You and I Horizontal, 2006; Installation view at Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, 2006

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Anthony McCall
Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture

For the first time, the work of the New York-based artist Anthony McCall will be presented in a...
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Cy Twombly: School of Fontainebleau, 1960; Collection Marx

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Cy Twombly & The School of Fontainebleau

Cy Twombly is among the select group of artists represented in the Marx Collection by a...
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Tobias Zielony: The Group, 2010; from the series Vele (detail)

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Architektonika 2

Architektonika displays works from both the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Name a River
Topographical Views in East Asia

Landscape is a key subject in the painting of East Asia. Of all schools, literati painting was most...
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Adolph Menzel: Flute Concert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci, 1850-1852

Alte Nationalgalerie
'…Old Fritz, Who Lives in his People'
The Image of Frederick the Great in Adolph Menzel

Between them, the National Gallery and the Kupferstichkabinett have in their collecitons most of...
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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Caprichos 43), year unknown

Kupferstichkabinett
On the Edge of Reason
The Picture Series in the Age of the Enlightenment

The exhibition whisks visitors to the murky edges of the Age of Reason. The creative and...
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Lu Hao: Recording 2005 Chang'an Street (detail)

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Lu Hao: Karl Marx and Eternal Peace
Pictures of Two Grand Avenues in Beijing and Berlin

Lu Hao, a young artist born in 1969 and now based in Beijing, created two 50-metre long horizontal...
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Ihee Kimura: Young woman, Omagari, Akita 1953

Museum für Fotografie
Metamorphosis of Japan after the War
Photography 1945-1964

An exhibition organized by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Art Library - National...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Alberto Giacometti
Prints

In 1985 the Kupferstichkabinett managed to acquire a large part of Alberto Giacometti's body of...
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Harry Fonseca, Nisenan-Maidu: Coyote - Cigarstore Indian, 1985

Ethnologisches Museum
Native American Modernism
Art from North America

About 90 artworks - paintings, graphics and sculptures from the collection of the Ethnological...
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Kunstbibliothek
Dodo (1907-1998)
A Life in Pictures

The first ever presentation and long-overdue rediscovery of Dodo's graphic work provides a broad...
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Gold jewellery ensemble from the Viking Age, found between 1872 and 1873 on the island of Hiddensee

Neues Museum
The Viking Gold Treasure from Hiddensee

One of the most stunning but lesser known archaeological finds in Germany is the 'Gold Jewellery of...
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Gemäldegalerie
Changes of View
Painting in the Medium of Prints in the 19th Century

As part of its series of rotating studio exhibitions, the Kupferstichkabinett presents works from...
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Gerhard Richter: Vorhang III, 1965 (detail)

Neue Nationalgalerie
Gerhard Richter
Panorama

Gerhard Richter, beyond a doubt the most famous German artist of his generation, will be...
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Gerhard Richter: Jugendbildnis, 1988

Alte Nationalgalerie
Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977 (1988)

Of all Gerhard Richter's work series, the fifteen-part painting cycle October 18, 1977 is his best...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Hans-Peter Feldmann
The Dead

The National Gallery's collection features several important works by Hans-Peter Feldmann. The...
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Bode-Museum
Two Crates from Leipzig
Artefacts Missing Since World War II Return to Berlin

Until the Second World War, the Museum of Byzantine Art - then know as the 'Early Christian...
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Ryoji Ikeda: data.tron, 2007

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Ryoji Ikeda
db

Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda has conceived an exhibition for the Hamburger...
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Head of a Man, 1st century BC - 2nd century AD, Qaryat al-Faw

Pergamonmuseum
Roads of Arabia
Archaeological Treasures from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's archaeological heritage is currently on show in Europe, in the exhibition 'Roads of...
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Bode-Museum
It's Enough for 8 Groschen...
Frederick the Great Seen through His Coins and Medals

Coins and medals reflect the history of Prussia and its great king in an immediate way: quite...
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Leiko Ikemura: Horizon (blue-yellow), 2007

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Leiko Ikemura
Korekara or the Serenity of Fragile Being

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst (a foundation for East Asian Art) proudly...
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Neues Museum
Of Final Things
Death and Burial in Mark Brandenburg 1500-1800

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sepulkralkultur der Neuzeit (a work group on sepulchral culture in the...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Exhibition view, 2010

Neues Museum
The Berlin Sculpture Find.
'Degenerate Art' in Bomb Debris

Directly opposite Berlin's town hall, the Rotes Rathaus, in the city's historical centre, eleven...
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Pergamonmuseum
A Collector's Fortune
Islamic Art Masterpieces of the Keir Collection

Known around the world as the ‘Keir Collection’, Edmund de Unger’s collection of...
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Sirenen-Aquamanile aus dem Schatz des Dionysius-Stift in Enger/Herford, Hildesheim um 1230

Kunstgewerbemuseum
Museum of Decorative Arts at the Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz

The Museum of Decorative Arts is one of the oldest of its kind in Germany. It possesses one of the...
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Friedrichswerdersche Kirche
Nationalgalerie in the Friedrichswerderschen Kirche

On display in the Friedrichswerder Church in Berlin-Mitte are sculptures from the early 19th...
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