7 Must-See Exhibitions in Berlin

photo: Christer Strömholm

In terms of exhibitions Berlin seems to be on fire right now. Recently I have been to so many exhibitions in a row that my head is still spinning from all the impressions and inspiration I got from it. I love that Berlin never seizes to amaze me with the art that is being shown here. And yes, maybe sometimes there are a lot of bad exhibitions here, but let’s focus on the good and at the moment there is quite a lot of good in town. To give you something to do for the next couple of weeks I compiled a list of 7 big exhibition that I think you shouldn’t miss. Enjoy the art after the jump.

Radikal Modern at Berlinische Galerie

The wonderful Berlinische Galerie has given us so many great Berlin-themed exhibition and after their recent re-opening they are on the way to continue with that. Their latest big show is called Radikal Modern and it’s about the boom of modern architecture in the 60s in Berlin. You can expect to see impressive miniature models of iconic areas in Berlin, fascinating plans that never got realized and stunning artistic interpretations of architectural styles from the time. The gallery also hosts 3 additional exhibition that are also worth the visit.

photo: Marlen Müller

Radikal Modern, Urbach

Radikal Modern – Urban planning and architecture in 1960s Berlin

Exhibition runs October 26, 2015 open Mon & Wed-Sun 10-18h

Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124–128, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg

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Stadt/Bild – Image of a City

“Stadt/ Bild” is a collaboration between Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Nationalgalerie. Each of this institutions will be presenting exhibitons that are thematically related. The museum as such, its institutional structure and the work processes within will be examined as well as the social aesthetic and cultural aspects.

Xenopolis, 2015 © Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, photo: Mathias Schormann

KW, Marianne Vlaschits “Welcome to the Jungle”, photo: Timo Ohler

Stadt/ Bild

Exhibitions from September 16 – November 8, 2015

Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr. 124-128, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg, open Mon & Wed-Sun 10-18h

KW, Auguststr. 6, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, open Mon & Wed-Sun 12-19h, Thu 12-21h

Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Unter den Lunden 13/15, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, open daily 10-20h

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Cindy Sherman at me Collectors Room

Visit the Me Collectors Room and have a look at the retrospective exhibition “Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbricht Collection” with around 65 photographs by the artist (born 1954). Sehrman became famous in the 1970s with her black and white series Untitled Film Stills, in which she embodied clichéd female figures of the 1940s and 1950s in fictional film scenes.

photo: Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Exhibition view me Collectors Room, photo: Bernd Borchardt

Cindy Sherman – Works from the Olbricht Collection

Exhibition runs from September 16, 2015 – April 10, 2016, open Tue-Sun 12-18h

me Collectors Room Berlin / Stiftung Olbricht, Auguststraße 68, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

Eyes Wide Open – 100 Years of Leica Photography at C/O Berlin

The current big exhibition at the C/O Berlin is a group show summing up the very best of Leica photography from the past 100 years. For the first time, this exhibition will highlight from an art and cultural historical perspective how the Leica and the 35 mm format has changed the photographic gaze in the 20th century. More than 300 photographs, as well as magazines and important photo books document the different aspects of the Leica photography, which emerged in the mid 1920s.

Christer Strömholm. Nana, Place Blanche, Paris, 1961 © Christer Strömholm/Strömholm Estate

Fred Herzog, Man with Bandage, 1968 © Fred Herzog, 2014, Courtesy of Equinox Gallery, Vancouver

Eyes Wide Open – 100 Years of Leica Photography

Exhibitions runs from August 22 – November 1, 2015, open daily 11-20h

C/O Berlin at Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22–24, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg

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Paul McCarthy at Schinkel Pavillion

This beautiful venue is showing a solo exhibition by the American artist Paul McCarthy. The premises of the Schinkel Pavillon will be redesigned in a morbid way and in the middle of the room a astonishingly realistic synthetic replica of the artist himself in all its detailed glory. A special extension of the exhibition space, the former Schinkel-Klause in the ground floor of the Schinkel Pavillon, hosts a sculptural video installation and digital photographic prints by McCarthy.

Paul McCarthy

Exhibition runs from September 12 – November 22, 2015, open Thu-Sun 12-18h

Schinkel Pavillion, Oberwallstraße 1, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

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Newton. Horvat. Brodziak. at Helmut Newton Foundation

The Helmut Newton Foundation has recently opened a new exhibition with the iconic work of Newton from the collection of the foundation that has not been previously shown in this gallery. His famous fashion photos, nudes and portraits are complemented by the equally great work of two other photographers, Frank Horvat and Szymon Brodziak, who create black and white portraits that fit perfectly into the world of Newton.

Exhibition View, Helmut Newton Foundation

Exhibition View: “House with 15 Keys”, Frank Horvat‬

Newton. Horvat. Brodziak.

Exhibition open Tue, Wed & Fri 10-18h, Thu 10-20h, Sat & Sun 11-18h

Helmut Newton Stiftung, Jebensstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg

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The New Bauhaus Collection at Bauhaus Archiv

The Bauhaus Archiv has recently exchanged its permanent exhibition with new pieces from their collection giving Bauhaus fans a reason to come visit again. The new show will enable you to gain an intense experience of the history and visions of the Bauhaus, with the help of selected original objects and documents from the extensive collection. These encompass the entire spectrum of the avant-garde school: architecture, furniture, ceramics, metals, the stage, painting and graphic arts.

New Presentation of the Bauhaus Collection, photos: Hans Glave

The New Bauhaus Collection

Open Mon & Wed-Sun 10-17h

Bauhaus Archiv, Klingelhöferstr. 14, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

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Are there any other amazing exhibitions that we should know about? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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