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From alchemy to revolution - Berlin museum highlights of 2017


Published: 15 January 2017 Sunday, 01:54  PM

From alchemy to revolution - Berlin museum highlights of 2017

Bonn, Jan 15 (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- Berlin is a city of superlatives, especially when it comes to its museums. And 2017 looks to be a year of superlative exhibitions ranging from masterpiece miniatures of the 19th century to paintings straight from the Roaring Twenties Germany of the movie Cabaret.

Here`s a list:

SMALL MASTERPIECES - The show "Small Masterpieces" running March 30 to July 30 in the Alte Nationalgalerie will feature more than 50 paintings and 60 miniature works from such 19th century greats as Anselm Feuerbach, Anna Dorothea Therbusch, Moritz von Schwind, Friedrich Wasmann, Narcisse Díaz de la Pena and Hans Thoma.

Many of the works have only rarely - and in some cases never - been shown before. Bring your eyeglasses if you don`t have perfect vision.

JEANNE MAMMEN - The fascination of "decadent" Berlin during the pre-Nazi period of the 1920s will come to life in a major restrospective of the works of Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) at the Berlinische Galerie museum of modern art.

Running October 6 to January 15, 2018, the exhibition of her paintings, some on loan from foreign museums, features her oil paintings, water colours, drawings, stage and fashion designs, and illustrations.

This is the Cabaret-era 1920s and Mammen is notable for her sympathetic portrayal of women living that fast-burning life.

ALCHEMY - THE GREAT ART - From April 6 to July 23, the Kulturforum will host a show taken over from the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles titled "Alchemy - The Great Art" with some 200 exhibits chiefly from the collections of the Staatliche Museen and the Staatsbibliothek of Berlin, supplemented by significant loans.

The exhibition covering 800 square metres traces the many forms of alchemy from antiquity to the present day, in artistic and craft practice and in broader visual culture. It illustrates how "side products" like porcelain or gold ruby glass derived from alchemy.

The show juxtaposes alchemy with the works of contemporary artists including Alicja Kwade, Sarah Schoenfeld and Anselm Kiefer. "In this way, alchemy is seen in terms of a creation myth, intimately related to artistic production," Kulturforum curators note.

THE LUTHER EFFECT - This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant movement begun when Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed his 95 theses citing the ills of the Catholic Church on the doors of the Wittenberg Castle church.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum will be exploring that historical turning point in a show "The Luther Effect - Protestantism 500 Years in the World" running April 12 to November 5.

The exhibition tells a global story of the effects and counter-effects of Protestantism that begins around 1500 and uses the examples of Germany and Europe 1450–1600, Sweden 1500–1750, North America 1600–1900, Korea 1850–2000 and present-day Tanzania.

  1. WATCHING YOU, WATCHING ME: A PHOTOGRAPHIC RESPONSE TO SURVEILLANCE - Running February 17 until July 2, this exhibition at the Museum fuer Fotografie which takes as its broad theme the issue of surveillance - be it by governments, corporations or individuals - and how it threatens peoples` right to privacy.

But it also shows how photography can be both an instrument of surveillance and a tool to expose and challenge its negative impact. The show is co-curated by the Open Society Foundation of New York.

A parallel exhibition running at the same time is called "The Field Has Eyes" and features 75 prints, books, photographs and examples of optical apparatuses to present a visual and cultural history of the surveillance, be it religiously or politically motivated, from the 16th to the 20th century.

  1. REVOLUTION. RUSSIA AND EUROPE - This show at the Deutsches Historisches Museum overlaps with the Luther exhibition, running October 20 until April 15, 2008. Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the communist-led revolution and five years of civil war that ultimately toppled the Czars, the exhibition explores the complex revolutionary events in Russia and their many-layered consequences for Europe.

It also addresses the question of what reactions and counter-reactions the political and social upheaval triggered in a number of European and non-European countries.

"The exhibition also hopes to widen the perspective on aspects of the events from 100 years ago that are still relevant to the present day," the museum says.

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