7 Must-See Exhibitions in Berlin, 2016

Debbie Harry (Blondie), 2014, photo: Florian Kolmer

New year, new art! In the next couple of weeks some really awesome exhibition will be opening (and already are) so we thought it’s time for another big exhibition guide to give you some recommendations were to see great art in Berlin in the beginning of 2016. Especially now in Winter when you don’t want to spend too much time outside it’s one of our favorite things to do: Go to the galleries and museums.

We selected a really fun and interesting mix for you including all the disciplines of art ranging from painting over sculpture to our favorite: photography. We have some big international names in our list such as Helmuth Newton and Ettore Sottsass, but also some long-standing local photographers such as Andreas Fux and Florian Kolmer. Enjoy our art highlights for early 2016.

Lennart Grau at Circle Culture Gallery

February 27 – April 16, 2016

The Berlin-based artist Lennart Grau is bringing old classic styles and aesthetics of paintings from Rococo, Barock and Biedermeier back with a modern interpretation. His solo show “2cm über dem Zenit” opens at Circle Culture Gallery on February 26 at 19h.

“one day in infinity”, 2015

“Kavaliersdelikt”, 2015

“circadian”, 2015

“Cannonball”, 2015
all artworks: Lennart Grau, acrylic & oil on canvas,
Courtesy of Circle Culture Galleryphotos: Anna Wasilewski

Circle Culture Gallery, Potsdamer Str. 68, 10785 Berlin-Schöneberg

Open Tue 14-18h, Wed-Sat 12-18h

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Helmut Newton: Pages from the Glossies

December 4, 2015 – May 22, 2016

There couldn’t be an exhibition guide for Berlin without Helmut Newton. In addition to the permanent collection the Helmut Newton Foundation currently shows his fashion and advertising photography from various magazines in the temporary exhibition “Pages from the Glossies”.

From the French Vogue, Rio, 1962

From the French Vogue, Melbourne, 1973

left: Queen, 1968, right: From the German Vogue, Berlin, 1979
all photos: Helmut Newton, Courtesy of Helmut Newton Estate

Helmut Newton Foundation, Jebensstr. 2, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg

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

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Jan Kaláb at BC Gallery

December 10, 2015 – February 27, 2016

In his new solo show “Tension” the Czech artist Jan Kaláb shows his colorful, abstract, geometric paintings and sculptures at BC Gallery. His new works are an evolution from his past activity as a graffiti and street artist.

“Petrolina”, “Tamarindo”, “Lomba”, “Malta”, 2015

“Dirt and Water”, 2015

“Private Planets”, 2015

“Private Planets”, 2015
all artworks: Jan Kaláb, Courtesy of BC Gallery Berlin

BC Gallery, Libauer Str. 14, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Open Wed-Sat 13-18h

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In Formation at Sexauer

January 30 – February 20, 2016

The new group exhibition In Formation curated by Juliet Kothe and Amélie Grözinger pays tribute to the groundbreaking works of the design group Memphis from Milan founded by Ettore Sottsass back in 1981. Comparing Sottsass’ iconic designs with works of contemporary artists, the show tries to exemplarily point out the principle of aesthetic passing on. The opening reception is on January 29 at 18h.

Exhibition view “In Formation”, Courtesy of Sexauer Gallery, photos: Marcus Schneider

Sexauer Gallery, Streustraße 90, 13086 Berlin-Pankow

Open Tue-Sat 13-18h

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Stephen Shore & Ulrich Wüst at C/O Berlin

February 6 – May 22, 2016

The C/O is opening their new shows on February 5, at 19h. Once again there will be two big shows downstairs and upstairs and two smaller ones in between. The big ones are the retrospective of iconic New York photographer Stephen Shore and East German photographer Ulrich Wüst with his works from the GDR.

Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, Tampa Florida, 1977

Room 125, Westbank Motel, Idaho Falls, 1973

Federal Highway 89, Arizona, 1972
all above photos: Stephen Shore, Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York & Sprüth Magers, Berlin

photo: Ulrich Wüst, from the series “Spätsommer”, 1989-1990

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

Open daily 11-20h

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Andreas Fux at cubus-m

January 30 – March 5, 2016

Berlin-based photographer Andreas Fux is showing a selection of his portraits in his new show at cubus-m, contrasting newer works with older ones and exploring intimacy, personal expression, sexuality and gender. The opening takes place on January 29 at 19h with a speech by Frank Wagner.

“Im letzten Viertel der Nacht, Johannes”, 2015, Edition 2/2

“god was here (No.1)”, 2015, Edition 2/2;

“WMF”, 1988, Edition 1/5
photos: Andreas Fux, courtesy Andreas Fux, Galerie cubus-m

cubus-m, Pohlstraße 75, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

Open Wed-Fri 14-19h, Sat 11-19h

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Florian Kolmer at Studio Picknick

February 17 – 26, 2016

In conjunction with the Berlinale film festival Berlin-based photographer is presenting his new solo show that focusses on his most iconic portraits of actors and celebrities from the past 19 years. The opening takes place on February 16 at 19h, followed by an after show party at 22h at Studio Picknick.

Lily Cole, 2004

Elias M’Barek, 2013

Jasna Fritze Bauer, 2014

Bianca Jagger, 2006
photos: Florian Kolmer

Studio Picknick, Mohrenstraße 63,  10117 Berlin-Mitte

Open Mon-Sat 12-18h

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