Exhibitions in August The Art Summer in Berlin continues!

Wednesday, August 16 2023

The currently very unpredictable Berlin weather has in all likelihood finally come to an end. While the larger-than-life rose sculpture by Isa Genzken in front of the Neue Nationalgalerie had until yesterday braved rather heavy thunderstorms and downpours instead of bright sunshine, this is now set to change. But rain or shine, Berlin's museums are always worth a visit, because exciting art is always beneficial.

Eva Fàbregas – Devouring Lovers

HBF I Fabregas I LaForgia I 4
HBF I Fabregas I LaForgia I 3
HBF I Fabregas I LaForgia I 2

You are guaranteed to get a different idea in the historic hall at Hamburger Bahnhof in the recently opened solo show by Barcelona-born artist Eva Fàbregas Devouring Lovers! Fábregas plays on the very functional and sober-looking hall with its heavy steel girders with her "characteristic soft, physical-looking objects", creating a particularly unusual and stimulating atmosphere.

Her sculptures snake around the steel girders, dripping into the room, the discrepancy between the organic and the technical immediately catching the eye. The slight vibrations and movements emanating from the objects "cannot be clearly assigned spatially, but can almost be felt physically. The combination of sculpture and movement irritates the perception of the hall's actually clear orientation." Sensuality meets industriality!

The exhibition runs until 24 January 2024 at Hamburger Bahnhof.

Secessionen – Klimt, Stuck and Liebermann

Alte Nationalgalerie I Klimt I Judith und Holofernes I Emilie
Alte Nationalgalerie I Kurzweil I Dame in Gelb

The exhibition Secessions Klimt, Stuck and Liebermann in the Alte Nationalgalerie is no less impressive - as the name suggests, it is a superlative in art history. Among others, Gustav Klimt's work Judith and Holofernes can be seen. Painted in 1901, the painting is one of the most famous works of art in the world today. It shows the biblical figure of Judith with the head of Holofernes. The Lady in Yellow, on the other hand, is certainly not as well known. It was painted in 1899, also in Vienna. It shows the wife of the Austrian painter and Art Nouveau graphic artist Max Kurzweil, one of the now lesser-known founding members of the Vienna Secession. Two examples that highlight the special nature of the exhibition, because:

"The exhibition comprises around 200 paintings, sculptures and graphics by 80 artists*. In addition to many newly discovered artists, the cooperation with the Wien Museum focuses on the oeuvre of Gustav Klimt with numerous examples, which can be shown in Berlin for the first time on this scale. With the dawn of modernism, the artistic avant-gardes pushed for freedom in terms of content and institutions. Numerous artists of the new art movements Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Impressionism were first presented at the highly regarded Secession exhibitions."

The three most important German-speaking art metropolises of the turn of the century will meet vis-à-vis in this exhibition, the value of the exhibited works is in the millions, must-see!

The exhibition runs until 22 October 2023 in the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Pallavi Paul – How Love Moves: Prelude

Gropius Bau I Pallavi Paul I Changing Places in the Fire I 1
Gropius Bau I Pallavi Paul I Changing Places in the Fire I 2

In the Gropius Bau, How Love Moves: Prelude, opening on the first floor from 10 August, is a foretaste of Pallavi Paul's solo exhibition next year. Paul, who has been "exploring the expansive realm of breathing - not only through the individual body, but through the collective as a transhistorical, transgeographical and transformative current - since 2020," is currently artist in residence at Gropius Bau.

Her freely accessible installation on the upper floor of the Kunst Institution will be accompanied by the "Six Days of Love programme, which will unfold between August 2023 and spring 2024 as a series of cinematic readings, conversation formats, performances and acoustic activations."

Not only a wonderful place to retreat from the daily grind, but also a coherent setting to engage with and let Paul's exploration of love and its embodied counterpart, breath, take hold. Breathe in, Breathe out!

The exhibition runs until 14 January 2024 in the Gropius Bau.

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