MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Summer is the perfect time to take in the outdoor art that abounds in Berlin. Caroline Evans took a stroll to find the city’s best sculpture gardens.
Soak up the sun while strolling a sculpture garden.
“Kolbe’s expressive sculptures reflect the spirit of his time.“
Sculpture parks are a great way to stretch your legs while admiring three- dimensional creations, from classical to modern to surrealistic. One place to browse while sipping iced coffee is the 10,000sq. m (107,600sq. ft) park at Haus am Waldsee (p. 44) on Argentinische Allee. The garden wraps around a lake featuring water installations, which in turn is surrounded by sculptures such as an Esso- like sign by Daniel Pflumm, which he calls a “light object”; Thomas Rentmeister’s Depot, consisting of stacked refrigerators; Roman Maerz’s Beast
Alerted I, a steel sculpture of a pig; and a constant influx of new displays.
Fans of early-20th- century sculpture should make a pilgrimage to view the classic modern works at the Georg-Kolbe-Museum (p. 44), between S Olympiastadion and S Heerstraße stations. The building and grounds were designed and developed with a sense of harmony and strong unity to honor Kolbe’s wife, who died tragically in 1927. Green lawns and colorful flora provide a serene setting for the impressive art displays, which are ringed by stately pine trees. Kolbe’s expressive sculptures refl ect the spirit of his time and range from the elegant Morning, a nude with arms outstretched to welcome the new day, to busts of political figures.
Also well worth a look are the perimeter
grounds of the Neue
Nationalgalerie (Potsdamer Str. 50), where a classic sculpture garden, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, forms a frame for the exhibition halls inside. (Note that the gallery interior will remain closed for extensive renovation until 2019.) Don’t miss the
Museum Berggruen (p. 45) in Charlottenburg, whose garden is named for art dealer and collector Heinz Berggruen’s wife, German stage and film actress Bettina Berggruen, and is accessible to the public during regular museum hours.