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6 Must-See Museum Exhibitions in Berlin This Spring

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Updated: 25 April 2017
Berlin is home to some of the world’ best historical, cultural and art museums, and there’s never a shortage of stimulating exhibitions and openings taking place in the city. Here are our top picks of museum exhibitions to visit this spring.
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German Colonialism: Past and Present (closes May 14, 2017)

This German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) exhibition is a must-see for understanding how German colonialism has shaped the modern world. The exhibition examines the practice of German rule and ideology, economic utilisation and exploitation, the relationship with indigenous peoples and genocide and other crimes.

Deutsches Historisches Museum, Unter den Linden 2, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 203040

Exhibition Samoa. Our new countrymen, Germany, 1900/01 | © Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin

Exhibition Samoa. Our new countrymen, Germany, 1900/01 | © Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin

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Thingness (closes October 23, 2017)

Thingness, now showing at the Bauhaus Archive, is the first retrospective of the 35-year body of work by English designer Jasper Morrison. The designer’s exploration of everyday objects – including lamps, clocks, cooking utensils and tableware – is marked by an acute awareness of functionality. Morrison’s designs also include shoes, mobile phones and even a tram for the city of Hanover.

Bauhaus-Archiv, Klingelhöferstrasse 14, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2540020

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Maria Sibylla Merian and the Tradition of Flower Illustration (closes July 7, 2017)

The Berlin Museum of Prints and Drawings (Kupferstichkabinett) and the Städel Museum in Frankfurt are collaborating to exhibit around 150 of Maria Sibylla Merian‘s most outstanding works from their respective collections tо memorialize 300 years since her death. The exhibition will particularly draw on her natural-historical depictions of German flowers and insects. Her delicate forms, expressed in both illustration and printmaking, date back from the 16th to the late-18th century.

Kupferstichkabinett, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 266424242

Maria Sibylla Merian, Chinese Vase with Roses, Poppies and Carnations (detail), c. 1670–1680 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/ Dietmar Katz

Maria Sibylla Merian, Chinese Vase with Roses, Poppies and Carnations (detail), c. 1670–1680 | © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/Dietmar Katz

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Correspondence (May 19–August 27, 2017)

The Hamburger Bahnhof will host Correspondence, which will show the work of Hanne Darboven (1941–2009), described as ‘Germany’s most important conceptual artist’. The donated selection of letters written between her and her friends will highlight all phases of the artist’s career – including drawings, numeric constructions and image series derived from her exploration with minimal and conceptual art – celebrate her passion for writing.

Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50–51, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 39783411

Hanne Darboven Menschen und Landschaften, 1985 Pencil and felt pen on cardboard, historical postcards and “Ubiquist”-cards. Exhibition view at Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Nationalgalerie | © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 / photo: Maximilian Geuter

Hanne Darboven Menschen und Landschaften, 1985. Exhibition view at Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Nationalgalerie | © Maximilian Geuter/Courtesy of Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

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Small Masterpieces (closes July 30, 2017)

The National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) has focused on miniatures and small, intimate pieces since its opening. The gallery is currently showing Small Masterpieces – a rare, aesthetically diverse selection of more than 50 paintings and 60 miniatures by Anna Dorothea Therbusch, Moritz von Schwind, Friedrich Wasmann, Anselm Feuerbach and Hans Thom.

Alte Nationalgalerie, Bodestrasse 1–3, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 266424242

Friedrich Wasmann, Paul, Maria and Filomena of Putzer, 1840 | © State Museums of Berlin, National Gallery / Andres Kilger

Friedrich Wasmann, Paul, Maria and Filomena of Putzer, 1840 | © State Museums of Berlin, National Gallery/Andres Kilger

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Sculptures and Architectures (closes September 17, 2017)

Born in 1886, Rudolf Belling was one of the most significant modernist German sculptors. Now, Berlin’s museum for contemporary art is presenting Sculptures and Architectures, a comprehensive display spanning 40 years of Belling’s work and shows, more than 90 years after hosting his first exhibition.

Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50–51, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 39783411

Rudolf Belling. Sculptures and Architectures, Exhibition View Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin | © State Museums of Berlin, National Gallery /Jan Windszus/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Rudolf Belling. Sculptures and Architectures, Exhibition View Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin | © State Museums of Berlin, National Gallery /Jan Windszus/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017