The Leica Legacy

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The in­ven­tion of the 35mm Leica cam­era in 1913 was a wa­ter­shed in pho­tog­ra­phy. The de­vice’s com­pact size, high-per­for­mance lens, and rel­a­tively fast shut­ter speed al­lowed for a spon­tane­ity that was once unimag­in­able to pho­tog­ra­phers, who were ac­cus­tomed to clunky mech­a­nisms in­ca­pable of un­staged shots. Some of the early 20th cen­tury’s most iconic im­ages – Robert Capa’s

and Henri CartierBres­son’s pud­dle-jump­ing Parisian – were cap­tured by Leica lenses.

at C/O Ber­lin (p. 44) dis­plays more than 300 pho­to­graphs, mag­a­zines, and books doc­u­ment­ing 100 years of Leica pho­tog­ra­phy and how the brand for­ever changed the face of the art form. Un­til 1 Nov. MUST SEE One of the city’s best art and pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and an im­por­tant ex­am­ple of early 20th- cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture, the im­pos­ing build­ing com­bines Ital­ian Re­nais­sance el­e­ments with lo­cal fea­tures, such as a se­ries of Ger­man cities de­picted be­tween the win­dows and mo­saics of al­le­gor­i­cal fig­ures. From 4 Sep: Piet Mon­drian. The Line fea­tures the artis­tic de­vel­op­ments of one of the most iconic 20th cen­tury artists. From 11 Sep: From Hock­ney to Hol­bein fo­cuses on 250 of the 16,000 works found in the Würth pri­vate col­lec­tion. Wed– Mon 10am–7pm. Prices vary depend­ing on ex­hi­bi­tion. www.gropiusbau.de. Niederkirch­n­er­str. 7. T: 030.254860. U Kochstraße. E4

Men­schen Mu­seum

Mu­seum of Asian Art

Mu­seum of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

com­mu­ni­ca­tion, all the way to the era of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. Tue 9am– 8pm, Wed– Fri 9am– 5pm, Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €4/2. www.mfk- ber­lin.de. Leipziger Str. 16. T: 030.202940. U Mohren­straße, U Stadt­mitte. E3

Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy

All types of pho­tog­ra­phy, from the 19th cen­tury to the present, are on ex­hibit at this com­pre­hen­sive mu­seum, housed in a Neo­clas­si­cal 1909 build­ing built for the Prus­sian army’s of­fi­cer corps. The di­verse ex­hi­bi­tions are cu­rated from the Ber­lin Art Li­brary’s vast pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion, while the lower two floors are oc­cu­pied by the Hel­mut New­ton Foun­da­tion. To 15 Nov: New­ton. Hor­vat. Brodziak. New­ton’s works are shown in con­junc­tion with those of fash­ion and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers Frank Hor­vat and Szy­mon Brodziak. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat–Sun 11am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb.mu­seum. Jebensstr. 2. T: 030.266424242. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C3– C4

Mu­seum of Things

Show­cases a var­ied se­lec­tion of ob­jects rep­re­sent­ing 20th- cen­tury de­sign and ev­ery­day cul­ture, from kitsch sou­venirs to TV sets and teddy bears. Thu– Mon noon–7pm. € 5/3. www.mu­se­umderdinge.de. Oranien­str. 25. T:

030.92106311. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4

Neues Mu­seum

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 The brand name “Leica” is a com­bi­na­tion of owner Ernst Leitz’s sur­name and the word

“cam­era.” The in­ter­na­tion­ally pop­u­lar tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion Body Worlds show­cased anatomist Gun­ther von Ha­gens’ plas­ti­na­tion process, which pre­serves body parts and re­veals their in­ner struc­tures. The per­ma­nent Ber­lin ex­hi­bi­tion shows 200 body parts amd 20 whole- body prepa­ra­tions, fo­cus­ing on spe­cific or­gans and dis­eases. Mon– Fri 9am–7pm, Sat–Sun 10am–7pm. €14/12. www.memu.ber­lin. Panoramaplatz 1. S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3 This im­por­tant col­lec­tion of East Asian and In­dian works in­cludes fab­u­lous lac­quered ob­jects, ce­ram­ics, Ja­panese paint­ings, and a sec­tion on art along the Silk Route. To 20 Sep: The Avalanche of the Mus­tard Seed ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Chi­nese paint­ing and wood­block print­ing and the sub­se­quent ef­fect on Chi­nese art as a whole. To 18 Oct: Global Im­ages in Mo­tion of­fers a look into the con­se­quences of ur­ban ex­pan­sion in Xian Cun, an area within Guangzhou. To 6 Jan: RAGA­MALA ex­am­ines mu­sic and love in re­la­tion to In­dian mu­sic the­ory. Tue– Fri 10am– 5pm, Sat–Sun 11am– 6pm. €8/4. www.smb.mu­seum. Arn­i­mallee 25. T: 030.266424242. U Dahlem Dorf. Off Map An en­ter­tain­ing jour­ney through the history of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­side the neo- Baroque build­ing that once housed Ber­lin’s post of­fice mu­seum. Robots welcome visi­tors and iPads make per­fect tour guides through the most in­trigu­ing steps in the de­vel­op­ment of postal and tele­phone

Perg­a­mon Mu­seum

One of Ber­lin’s main at­trac­tions, the Perg­a­mon houses the out­come of Ger­many’s early-20th­cen­tury 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. From Septem­ber 2014 to all of 2019, the al­tar room will be closed for restora­tion. 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. S+U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

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

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