Past exhibitions

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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Alte Nationalgalerie
Tino Sehgal
This is Propaganda

Tino Sehgal, an artist resident in Berlin, attracted international attention in spring of this year...
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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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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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Museum für Asiatische Kunst


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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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Domed reliquary from the Welfenschatz, Cologne, late 12th century

Bode-Museum
Treasures of Faith. Masterpieces from the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin, on display in the Bode Museum

The most famous testaments to medieval church art from the National Museums' Museum of Decorative...
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Alte Nationalgalerie
Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
The Italian Journey 1803-1805

The Kupferstichkabinett is currently engaged in a project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry...
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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
New Pictures by Zeng Mi

An exhibition held in conjunction with Gertraud and Joachim Sommer, Munich After the last...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Writing 93 Buddhas
Oliver Siebeck

Rudimentary sheets, sparsely typewritten in various rows, together form a graphic grid-like...
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Neues Museum


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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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Kupferstichkabinett
The Esprit of Gestures
Hans Hartung, Informel and Its Impact

The theme for this group exhibition was inspired by the donation (brokered by Clemens Fahnemann,...
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Pergamonmuseum
Colourful Gods
The Vibrant Colours of Ancient Sculpture

White marble, shimmering in the bright light of the Mediterranean: this image has informed our...
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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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Kulturforum
100 Best Posters 09

100 posters acclaimed as the best of last year from Austria, Switzerland and Germany will go on...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
'Divine Forces and Earthly Fortune
Popular Chinese Prints The Gerd and Lotti Wallenstein Collection

The Museum of Asian Art's East Asian Collection owns some 485 Chinese New Year prints originating...
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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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Alte Nationalgalerie
Menzel's Extreme Realism
6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Part of the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, in cooperation with two members of the...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst


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Who Knows Tomorrow: Ausstellungsplakat

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Who knows Tomorrow

Who Knows Tomorrow - this piece of worldly wisdom, heard everyday over large parts of Africa,...
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Who knows tomorrow

Neue Nationalgalerie
Who knows Tomorrow

Who Knows Tomorrow - this piece of worldly wisdom, heard everyday over large parts of Africa,...
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Who knows tomorrow

Alte Nationalgalerie
Who knows Tomorrow

Who Knows Tomorrow - this piece of worldly wisdom, heard everyday over large parts of Africa,...
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Who knows tomorrow

Friedrichswerdersche Kirche
Who knows Tomorrow

Who Knows Tomorrow - this piece of worldly wisdom, heard everyday over large parts of Africa,...
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Pergamonmuseum
Written Paintings
Calligraphic Masterpieces from the 16th - 18th Century

The Museum of Islamic Art is happy to present a selection of its grand collection of calligraphic...
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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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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Bruce Nauman
Dream Passage

The exhibition, Dream Passage, presented by the National Gallery in the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum...
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Museum für Fotografie
A New View
Architectural Photography from the National Museums in Berlin

The Art Library is reopening its newly reconstructed Kaisersaal (Emperor's Hall) at the Museum of...
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Bizango-Gestalten

Ethnologisches Museum
Vodou
Art and Cult from Haiti

Presenting about 350 objects for the first time, this exhibition gives a comprehensive insight into...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Life in Edo

The decision by Tokugawa Ieyasu to move the military government's seat of power to Edo (today:...
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Kunstbibliothek
The Most Beautiful German Books of 2009

For more than half a century, the most beautiful books of each year have been singled out for...
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Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
Hans Bellmer - Louise Bourgeois
Double Sexus

Bodies morph and dissolve, limbs go missing, while others multiply; male and female sexual forms...
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Kulturforum
Feelings are a private concern
Verism and the New Objectivity

Verism and the New Objectivity were defining art styles for the Weimar Republic. Artists such as...
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Bode-Museum
Typology of Museum Architecture
Ideas for an Extension to the Bode Museum

A project by the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and the National Museums in BerlinThe...
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Kunstbibliothek
High Sixties Fashion

'High Sixties Fashion: Fashion Photography and Illustration' marks the continuation of the series...
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Schloss Köpenick
Images of Luise in the Decorative Arts

A small foyer exhibition in Köpenick Palace marking the 200th anniversary of the Prussian queen's...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
A Fresh Look at Chinese Landscapes

Even by the 19th century, the art of Chinese landscape painting was able to look back on a...
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Fragment eines Säulen-Sarkophages
um 350 n. Chr., Marmor

Bode-Museum
Shattered and Reassembled

The Bode Museum is proud to present two separate fragments from collections in Berlin and Bonn of...
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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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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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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
A Journey Lying Down
Chinese Landscapes

Landscape painting ranks as the most noble of all genres in Chinese painting. Those who sang its...
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Pergamonmuseum
An Indian Aristocrat
Louis Henri de Polier and His Collection Albums

The Museum of Islamic Art owns a series of Indo-Persian art albums, compiled by the Swiss Louis...
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Altes Museum
Brutus' from the Capitol

At the beginning of February, the Collection of Classical Antiquities will receive one of the most...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Ideal Landscapes
Aspects of Literary Painting in Japan

The landscape established itself as an important theme in East Asian painting as long ago as the...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Rudolf Stingel
Live

The Tyrolean-born artist Rudolf Stingel has designed an installation especially for the Neue...
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Alte Nationalgalerie
Drawn in Light
Carl Blechen: The Amalfi Sketchbook

Carl Blechen's 'Amalfi Sketchbook' is one of the outstanding artistic fruits of his Italian journey...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst


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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Walton Ford
Bestiarium

At first glance Walton Ford's large-scale animal watercolour paintings evoke prints by French and...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Cultural Pictures from China
100 Years of Sinology in Germany. Collections and works by Otto Franke (1863-1946)

In May 1910 the first German chair for the 'Languages and History of East Asia' was founded at the...
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Pergamonmuseum
Wohnwelten

Approximately three-quarters of the Museum of Islamic Art's entire collection - be it in the form...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst


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Kunstgewerbemuseum


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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Painting by the Shanghai School

In the second half of the 19th century, the coastal city of Shanghai experienced a sudden economic...
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Gemäldegalerie
Portrait, Figure, Sketch
English drawings from the 18th century

From December 2009, the Gemäldegalerie will host a small exhibition by the Museum of Prints and...
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Museum Europäischer Kulturen

The Doner Kebab "sandwich" was actually invented in Berlin, by a former "guest worker" from Turkey....
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Kupferstichkabinett
Art Inspired by Humboldt
Travel Studies from Central and South America

In the 19th century, following the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt, the painters Johann Moritz...
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W.L.H. Skeen & Co
Arkadische Landschaft, Nuwara Eliya
ca. 1880

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Tropical Arcadia
Early Photography in Ceylon

The exhibition presents a selection of rare vintage prints from the end of the 19th century that...
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Kulturforum
Alfred Messel
Visionary of the City

The architect Alfred Messel (1853-1909) ranks as one of the most important visionaries of modern...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Dragon between Clouds
On the return to Berlin of a triptych by Kano Tan'yû after restoration in Japan

The centrepiece of the 'Dragon between Clouds' exhibition is formed by an important hanging scroll...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Paul Pfeiffer The Saints

Paul Pfeiffer's ground-breaking video and sculpture works explore the power of image culture and...
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Alte Nationalgalerie
The Neues Museum, Berlin
The state of the building around 1990. Photographs by Andres Kilger

The Old National gallery is currently hosting a small exhibition of photographs by Andres Kilger to...
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Alte Nationalgalerie
Carl Gustav Carus
Nature and Idea

Carl Gustav Carus was a physician and painter, philosopher and scientist. A friend of Alexander von...
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Pergamonmuseum
Strong Women - in Miniature Form
The portrayal of women on coins from Antiquity to the present day

Alongside their monetary function, coins are at once the national emblems of states and...
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Schloss Köpenick
Lost in Berlin - Rediscovered in Prague
A Masterpiece once from the Berlin Cabinet of Art

The artistically highly significant fragment of an ivory flagon, adorned with figures of deities...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Thomas Demand
Nationalgalerie

This extensive solo show is taken up by one of the most important themes in the artist's richly...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
National Gallery Prize for Young Art 2009
Keren Cytter, Omer Fast, Annette Kelm, Danh Vo

The Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art) will be awarded...
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Bode-Museum
Auke, Giorgio, Ignaz & Oskar

A special exhibition, organized by the Daimler Art Collection in cooperation with the Sculpture...
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Die Kunst ist super ! (Art is super!) is the title under which the National Gallery at Hamburger...
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Kunstbibliothek
Kiosk - Modes of Multiplication
An archive of contemporary art

The Art Library presents a panorama of independent publications on art today. 'Kiosk' is a...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Hymn of the Long Rainbow
Woodcuts from a Chinese art collective

In 1990 the Museum of Asian Art purchased a series of seven large-scale woodcuts entitled 'Hymn of...
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Bode-Museum
Childhood on the River Nile
Toys - Clothes - Images of Children from Egypt in the National Museums in Berlin

Toys, clothing, shoes and education - in the Egypt of late antiquity children also had their own...
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Altes Museum
A Different Approach to the World: The Humboldt-Forum in the Berlin Palace
A first look at the lab

In this widely anticipated exhibition, the National Museums in Berlin, the Humboldt Universität zu...
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Bode-Museum
Ars juventuti
Pupils' Medals from Berlin

In 1907 a renowned architect and designer in the form of Bruno Paul was appointed as director of...
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Neue Nationalgalerie
Picture Dreams
Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection

The Pietzsch Collection ranks as one of the internationally most significant collections of...
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Museum für Fotografie
Helmut Newton: Sumo

With SUMO, the Helmut Newton Foundation presents what might just be the most spectacular and...
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Museum für Fotografie
Three Boys from Pasadena


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Pergamonmuseum
Zeiträume
Miletus in the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity

The exhibition presents selected artefacts from the Asian Minor metropolis of Miletus. On display...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Cultural Exchange on the Northern Silk Road

The Asian Art Museum proudly presents a selection of objects from its famous Turfan Collection. The...
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Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Portraits from the Mughal era

The Collection of South, South-East and Central Asian Art contains a significant collection of...
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Pergamonmuseum
The Return of the Gods
Berlin's Hidden Olympus

Since the autumn of 2008 the National Museums in Berlin are commemorating the return of museum...
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Pergamonmuseum
Dionysus
Metamorphosis and Ecstasy

An exhibition of the Collection of Classical Antiquities in cooperation with the Institute for...
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Bode-Museum
A Play of Colours and Shapes
Mosaic Art at the Bode Museum An exhibition of the Children's Gallery at the Bode Museum

The interactive exhibition introduces young visitors to the technique of making mosaics. A 6th...
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