Mys­te­ri­ous Shapes & Lines

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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

Kupferstichkabinett

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

Märkisches Mu­seum

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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