The Landscapes of Sri Lanka - 100 Years Later. Photographs and drawings by Gabriele Heidecker

from: 03.04.2014 to: 14.09.2014
Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Germany, the Museum für Asiatische Kunst is now showing photographs and drawings by Gabriele Heidecker as a continuation of the special exhibition "The Landscapes of Sri Lanka". The artist created these works during a trip to Sri Lanka in the winter of 1978/79 - 100 years after the first golden age of photography in British Ceylon. In the tradition of 19th century travellers to Ceylon, Gabriele Heidecker focused her lens on the sublime beauty of the Sri Lankan landscape.

The artist's colour photographs and largely monochromatic drawings reveal her keen sensitivity to detail, composition, and the vastness of the tropical landscape's mountains and oceans. The people in Heidecker's photographs seem to merge with the landscapes that surround them, linking her work to the 19th century tradition of landscape photography. It is the uniform manner with which Heidecker treats people, animals, and landscapes however, that distinguishes her work and underscores her pointed interest in composition and form.

Sensitive portraits of Sri Lankan people feature prominently in her drawings, although plants are also given vivid representation. And while her photographs attest to the grace and quiet of tropical landscapes, her drawings marvel at the drama of the tropical sky and the power of the churning ocean.

Visitor entrance

Lansstraße 8 / Arnimallee 25
14195 Berlin


Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon closed
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00

Opening times on public holidays Plan your visit
Upper floor open from 11 a.m.

Last admission and ticket sales 30 minutes before closing time.

area ticket Dahlem
8,00 EUR Concessions 4,00
Onlineshop: 7,00 EUR Concessions 3,50
Buy ticket

museum pass Berlin 3-day-ticket valid for Berlin museums, possibly extra payment for temporary exhibitions
24,00 EUR Concessions 12,00

annual ticket Basic permanent exhibitions, valid to certain times
25,00 EUR Concessions

annual ticket Classic temporary exhibitions not included
50,00 EUR Concessions 25,00

annual ticket Classic Plus including temporary exhibitions hosted by the National Museums in Berlin
100,00 EUR Concessions 50,00

Annual membership Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
from just 25,- EUR
Annual Tickets

Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 266424242 (Mon - Fri 9 am - 4 pm)
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 266422290
service@smb.museum