Mysterious Shapes & Lines
After studying the art of calligraphy in Kandahar, the city of his birth, artist Aatifi became interested in the visual beauty of the Arabic script. His art takes these characters, fragments them, rotates them, and then layers the lines and shapes with bold colors to convey power and dynamism. The exhibition News From Afghanistan includes three dozen works that Aatifi, who now resides in Bielefeld, Germany, created specifically for the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art) inside the Pergamon Museum (p. 42), where the artist’s large-scale pieces are displayed alongside art from 14 centuries of Islamic culture. A highlight comes in the Mshatta Hall, which features the early- Islamic palace façade from 8th- century Jordan opposite Aatifi’s paintings echoing the exterior’s monumentality and resulting in 1250 years of art in dialogue. Until 18 Oct.
Käthe Kollwitz Museum
Introduces the powerful and tortured art of one of the most relevant German women artists of the last century. Her primary focus was the daily struggles of the poor and the tragedy of war, which she experienced directly after losing both her son and grandson in battle. Daily 11am– 6pm. € 6/3. www.kaethe- kollwitz.de. Fasanenstr. 24. T: 030.8825210. U Uhlandstraße. C4
MUST SEE With a collection begun in 1652 by the Great Elector and works dating back to medieval times, the institute known in English as the Museum of Prints and Drawings boasts 150,000+ pieces, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Dürer, and Goya. From 16 Oct: The Botticelli Coup presents the revival of interest in Sandro Botticelli and the controversial circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the collection in the 19th century. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm, Sat–Sun 11am– 6pm. €6/3. www.smb.museum. Matthäikirchplatz. T: 030.266424242. S+U Potsdamer Platz. D3
Documents, photos, books, and weapons walk visitors through 750 years of Berlin history in a neo- Gothic setting. To 25 Oct: Berlin 1945/46 focuses on the aftermath of WWII on Germany and those who rebuilt Berlin. Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. € 5/3 (under-18s free; free entry first Wed of
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