The Flowers of Evil

12.12.2024 to 04.05.2025
Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg

Based on a work by Odilon Redon in the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg that is dedicated to Charles Baudelaire’s famous collection of poems Les Fleurs du mal (1857), this exhibition sets out on a foray through modern art, progressing all the way through to contemporary works, in order to shed light on the aesthetics of decadence in their various aspects.

This includes themes such as the birth of beauty from decay, the relation between artifice and nature, or the idea of the surrogate, all the way through to the concept of kitsch, a popular point of reference for the artists of Surrealism. As well as this, it offers historical perspectives on phenomena that led to these developments (for example, the blue flower of Romanticisim) and perspectives on the aesthetic and political currency of the topic (for example Jenny Holzer’s Black Garden in Nordhorn).

A special exhibition by the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Schloßstraße 70
14059 Berlin

wheelchair accessible

U-Bahn: Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, Richard-Wagner-Platz
S-Bahn: Westend
Bus: Schloss Charlottenburg, Luisenplatz / Schloss Charlottenburg

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

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