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‘Now this, is this the end … the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?’ | Courtesy of Schinkel Pavillon
‘Now this, is this the end … the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?’ | Courtesy of Schinkel Pavillon

Berlin’s Must-See Art Exhibitions This Summer

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Updated: 10 August 2016
From utterly innovative contemporary art shows to retrospectives about the world’s most talented creatives and beautifully curated exhibitions highlighting important classical pieces, Berlin is teeming with new openings at every turn. Here are Berlin’s must-see art exhibitions for summer 2016. Also, keep an eye out for Project Space Festival Berlin and interactive activities like Art Spin Berlin.


Berlin is for Lovers (4-26 August)

‘Berlin is for Lovers’ is a group show presented by the Impossible Project Laboratory, a company that makes Polaroid film and analog cameras. This is a fitting union considering that the ‘Berlin is for Lovers’ is an art exhibition that seeks to capture the nostalgia of a time when moments were captured in the form of tangible photographs. Therefore, the primary medium through which the work is presented is the polaroid. Specifically, these instant photos are used to immortalize moments of sensuality, love and passion. The creative exhibition in Berlin will feature the work of five Berlin-photographers who present what intimacy looks like in the city. The Impossible Space Project Lab, where the exhibition is held, is located in Mitte, and admission is free.

Potsdamer Straße 87, 10785 Berlin

‘Water’ (2-30 August)

‘Water’ is an exhibition by artist, Koji Kamoji will be held at Berlin’s MMS2 Gallery. The art exhibition was originally created for the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg in 2009. Back then, it was housed in a 900 year old stone crypt. This context was crucial to the show at the time, which features various still life arrangements of glasses filled with water. Now more than ever, the intrigue lies in the exhibition’s simplicity and Kamoji’s ability to capture the essence of objects through his artistic discretion. Kamoji is thoroughly practiced in Zen Buddhism and ‘Water’ gives people the chance to experience the sacredness of the mundane and the minimal by inviting visitors to view everyday items with fresh eyes.

Claudiusstraße 6, 10557 Berlin

‘Dada Africa, Dialogue with the Other’ (5 August-7 November)

Dadaism was one of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century. While it is heavily associated with western artists, Dadaism’s influences have actually pervaded throughout the globe. ‘Dada Africa, Dialogue with the Other’ focuses on the Dadaist works of artists living outside of Europe and the many variations that actually exist within the broader movement. More than 120 different pieces of paintings and sculptures will be on display, representing artists from countries across Oceania, Africa and Asia. The Berlin art exhibition hopes to raise questions about multiculturalism and depictions of other cultures.

Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, 10969 Berlin 030 78902600

‘electro magnetic fields’ (23 July-4 September)

Florian Germann’s ‘electro magnetic fields’ will be showing at MAVRA, which is an artist-run space located in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Germann invites people to explore the fascinating concept of electromagnetism in his latest art exhibition. Objects are dispersed throughout the room and each of them are exposed to electrical impulses that generate perceptible vibrations as the visitors approach. Germann’s creations are often rooted in an extraordinary blend of science and art. In this exhibition, his audience is given the chance to contemplate what lies beyond the visual spectrum whilst also playing an important role as active participants in his experimental works.

Möckernstraße 68, 10965 Berlin

Divine Transportation (8 July -27 August)

Lutz Bacher’s fourth solo exhibition, ‘Divine Transportation’, will be on display at Galerie Buchholz for the remainder of August. Bacher is the pseudonym of a female artist, with the multimedia works on display having been created over the course of the last four decades of her career. Lutz’s work has been exhibited in galleries and other venues around the world including at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. A simultaneous exhibition at this gallery, named ‘John Kelsey’, offers an exclusive chance for visitors to catch a glimpse at watercolors by the artist of the same name, which feature eclectic subjects including street fighters as well as ocean creatures. We recommend checking out both.

‘Now this, is this the end … the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?’ 9 July – 18 September

Goshka Macuga’s ‘Now this, is this the end … the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?’ is an art show that features a life-size figure situated at the center of an octagonal room. Half android, half doll, from the shoulders upward it looks like a regular man in his 20s with a full dark beard. Macuga’s creation is intended to signify the blending of human existence with technology. As part of the show, the figure gives the audience a speech about the beginning and end of human existence, meshing reality and fiction together while concurrently embodying this phenomenon. This intriguing art exhibition in Berlin is being held at Schinkel Pavillon.

Oberwallstraße 1, 10117 Berlin 030 20886444

‘100 Jahre Körnerpark’ (26 July – 29 August)

Körnerpark is one of Neukölln’s hidden gems. Designed in classical style, it invites viewers to briefly step into the aesthetic of another city. For anyone stumbling upon the park for the first time, it is rather peculiar that it even exists in the midst of loud streets, kebab shops, old industrial buildings and train tracks. To commemorate the park’s 100th anniversary, the mobile museum offers a photographic retrospective about its history with special attention paid to the ways that Berlin’s eventful past has impacted it. With an aesthetic that is so clearly representative of Germany’s imperialist times, many subsequent political groups fought to superimpose their own designs onto it. With the tireless efforts of its advocates, however, the park has been preserved.

Schierker Straße 8 12051 Berlin +49 (30) 62 72 77-727

Margret Weise for her 75th birthday (23 July – 22 August)

Magret Weise is a renowned potter who trained extensively under masters of the craft like Walter Gebauer during the 1960s. Later on, she worked in the GDR, first sculpting abstract decorative objects and then transitioning into the creation of her warped and whimsical ‘mirror figures’. These creatures are primarily renditions of mythical characters, many of which Weise invented herself. During the 90s, Weise embarked on her ambitious project of forming a terracotta army of soldiers, modeled after those of ancient China. Hers, of course, were created with the same imaginative tendencies as her previous work.

Schustehrusstraße 13 10585 Berlin +49 (30) 321 23 22