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Named after the German phrase or hour zero, Zero was an international post-WWII art movement that embraced the clean slate created by Germany’s surrender. the exhibition at the Martin- Gropius- Bau (p. 42), explores the presence of light in such physical mediums as painting, installation, and performance and the then-new uses of space and movement within the artistic movement. The show is dedicated to 40 of the most crucial ZERO artists, including 11 from Germany. Until 8 Jun. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (until 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €8/4. www.smb.museum. Am Kupfergraben. T: 030.266424242. U Friedrichstraße, S Hackescher Markt. E3
Starting in 1966, collector Karl Bröhan amassed hundreds of Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects and various paintings from the Berlin Secessionist movement. Browse through pieces of furniture, housewares, ceramics, and glassware from this fascinating artistic period. To 24 May: Hans Christiansen, a retrospective of the art nouveau artist. Open Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. www.broehanmuseum.de. Schloßstr. 1a. T: 030.32690600. U Sophie- Charlotte- Platz. A3
Founded in Dresden in 1905, the Die Brücke movement drew inspiration from primitive art and expressed extreme emotion and political opposition through lively, exaggerated color. This museum explores the history of the movement through the paintings of artists like Nolde, Kirchner, Heckel, and many more. To 19 Jul: Otto Müller. Harmony and Grace. At the center of the exhibition stand nine color lithographs depicting Sinti and Roma people. Open Wed– Mon 11am– 5pm. € 5/3. www.bruecke-museum.de. Bussardsteig 9. T: 030.8312029. U Oskar- HeleneHeim. Off Map
After being evicted from its previous location in Mitte, the C/O Berlin center for contemporary art and photography has finally reopened in the Amerika Haus, which housed the American library in the Cold War era. To 28 Jun: Art, Freedom and Lifejoy: Part of the Talent series, showcasing promising young photographer Emanuel Mathias with text by art critic Sabine Weier. To 16 Aug: Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis is a homage to the blue planet: archaic volcanic landscapes, Arctic ice masses, meandering river canyons, mountain chians enveloped in mist, and endless sand dunes. Open daily 11am– 8pm. €10/5. www.co- berlin.org. Hardenbergstr. 22–24. T: 030.28444160.
The renowned car corporation has a small but impressive collection of 20th- century art that can be viewed in the historic Haus Huth, the only building on Potsdamer Platz to escape WWII destruction. 1 May to 30 Aug: From a Poem to the Sunset. First part of a double exhibition showing the new acquisitions of contemporary Chinese and intenational art. Open daily 11am– 6pm. € free. www.sammlung.daimler.com. Haus Huth. Alte Potsdamer Str. 5. T: 030.25941420. S+U Potsdamer Platz. D3
More than 400 works by the Surrealist painter, with a focus on drawing, illustration, and film. Dali fans will explore new perspectives of the artist’s life and work. Open daily noon– 8pm (Sun from 10am). €11. www.daliberlin.de. Leipziger Platz 7. T: 0700.3254237546 (toll number). U Potsdamer Platz. D3 CL9040 MUST SEE A former railway station turned into a contemporary art museum in 1996. The permanent collection includes a selection of works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, and the many temporary exhibitions focus on painting and sculpture from the past 50 years, as well as videos, music, and design. To 16 Aug: And away with the minutes. Dieter Roth and Music shows Roth’s music- realted art projects for the first time. To mid-Aug: Official Welcome takes seven artists concerned with the exploration of a specific media, from photography to performance and assemblage. To 23 Aug: Drawing Double Reversal is the first exhibition to focus on the graphic oeuvre of Elaine Sturtevant. To 6 Sep: Moby Dick. Installations by Michael Beutler, occupying and transforming spaces through cultural intervention. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (until 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €14/ 7. www.hamburgerbahnhof. de. Invalidenstr. 50-51. T: 030.266424242. U Naturkundemuseum, S Hauptbahnhof. D2
Haus am Waldsee
CL904013Since 1946, this villa in Zehlendorf has been organizing contemporary art exhibitions covering a wide spectrum of media and styles. Each show is accompanied by a number of events for children and adults, lectures, concerts, and performances. There’s also a multi- sensory sculpture garden. To 17 May: Martin Assig, Glückhaben. Assig plays on the notion of the medieval anonymous artist who submits to a higher ideal and surveys his own work with a sense of wonder, as though from the outside. Open Tue–Sun 11am– 6pm. € 7/5. www.hausamwaldsee.de. Argentinische Allee 30. T: 030.8018935. U Krumme Lanke. Off Map
Helmut Newton Collection
Before dying in a car accident, the art photographer donated all of his work to Berlin, the city in which he was born in 1920. Best known for his nude photography of American stars, Newton now has a whole museum dedicated to his work. To 17 May: Helmut Newton: Permanent Loan Collection The original photographs of Helmut Newton, many of which have never been shown in Berlin, are now exhibited in this permanent loan selection. Open Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm, until 8pm on Thu.