The World According To Arp
A pioneer of abstract art, FrenchGerman artist Hans Arp was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and is best known for his undulating, sinuous shapes made with unconventional materials and techniques. Inspired by forms found in nature, which he believed followed the same development patterns as art, Arp started his career with collages, which became increasingly three- dimensional over time, and later moved on to reliefs and sculptures. Until 11 October at the Georg- Kolbe- Museum (p. 43), the exhibition Hans Arp, The Navel Of The Avant- Garde explores the artist’s career through his visual and written works, including the poems and essays that accompanied his artistic development.
Russia has held parts of the Pergamon’s collection since the end of WWII, despite a treaty to
return them. MUST SEE The 3300-year- old bust of Queen Nefertiti is the museum’s top attraction. Examine a world-famous Egyptian collection that includes many important papyruses, while hundreds of artifacts relate early human history. Badly damaged during WWII and left abandoned until the 1980s, the museum reopened in 2009. To 16 Nov: Egypt’s Emergence Into History takes a look at the origins of early Egyptian culture, focusing on the mastery of mediums such as stone and ivory. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu until 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www.neues-museum.de. Bodestr. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrichstraße, S Hackescher Markt.
E3/F3 One of Berlin’s main attractions houses the outcome of Germany’s early-20th- century archeology excavations. The imposing Ishtar Gate of Babylon with its glazed blue bricks is a feast for the eyes, as are the Market Gate from Myletus, the reconstructed interiors of an Assyrian palace, and many other splendorous testimonies to the ancient world. The altar room will be closed for restoration works until the end of 2019. To 18 Oct:
explores artist Aatifi’s modified and aesthetically reduced calligraphy in relation to the culturally- rich Islamic world. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu until 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www.smb.museum. Bodestr. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. U Friedrichstraße, S Hackescher Markt. E3 The GDR’s Ministry of State Security, the Stasi, has been described as one of the most repressive intelligence and secret police agencies to have ever existed. Explore the agency’s headquarters
Akademie der Künste Hanseatenweg
The Berlin Art Academy’s long and prestigious history dates back to 1696. Today, this important exhibition space houses one of the most comprehensive interdisciplinary archives of 20thcentury art. Daily 11am–7pm. € 6/4 (Free entry Tue 3–7pm). www.adk.de. Hanseatenweg 10. T: 030.200572000. S Bellevue, U Hansaplatz. C3
A splendorous collection of 19th- century art. German artists, such as the Romantics Caspar David Friedrich, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and Carl Blechen, are well represented, while the second floor features French impressionists, including Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cézanne. To 20 Sep: Impressionism– Expressionism: Turning Point In Art. The exhibition traces the similarities and differences between the two movements and examines their enduring popularity. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu until 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6 with exhibition, €10/5 museum only. www.smb.museum. Bodestr. 1– 3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrichstraße, S Hackescher Markt. E3
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 during the Cold War era. 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. From 22 Aug: Rudi Meisel. Compatriots 1977-1987 Two Germanys. The underlying similarities between the then-firmly established East and the West are documented in Meisel’s inquisitive photography. From 22 Aug: Eyes Wide Open! highlights more than 300 works by renowned Leica photographers and how the Leica influenced 20th century photography. Daily 11am– 8pm. €10/5. www.coberlin.org. Hardenbergstr. 22–24. T: 030.28444160. S+U Zoologischer Garten. C4
The permanent exhibit features more than 400 works, most from private collections, by the Surrealist painter, with a focus on drawing, illustration, and film. Dalí fans explore new perspectives of the artist’s life and work. Daily noon– 8pm (Sun from 10am). €11. www.daliberlin. de. Leipziger Platz 7. T: 0700.3254237546 (toll number). U Potsdamer Platz. D3
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
With an emphasis on paper and photography, the Deutsche Bank’s art collection is a stroll along the timeline of modern art. Every year, the bank pays tribute to young artists by organizing an international prize. To 30 Aug: Photo-Poetics explores the self-reflective nature of still-life photography. Daily 10am– 8pm. €4/3.