Berlin Art Now: The 10 hottest exhibitions in the German capital

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König Gallery - The Others
Until January 22, 2017 | 121, Alexandrinenstraße 118, 10969
 
The Others is a group exhibition curated by Elmgreen & Dragset and inspired by the gallery’s location at St. Agnes, formerly a Catholic church. The Others presents twelve artists (with Tacita Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, Martin Kippenberger, Kris Martin, Ron Mueck, Aidan Salakhova, Andres Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Young-Jun Tak, Nasan Tur, Mark Wallinger) who have each challenged traditional ways of portraying the body within Christian iconography.
 
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The Others_Curated by Elmgreen & Dragset. Installation view at Koenig Galerie. Photo: Roman Maerz.

 
Gemäldegalerie - Hieronymus Bosch and His Pictorial World in the 16th and 17th century
Until February 19, 2017 | Matthäikirchplatz, 10785
 
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Hieronymus Bosch, the Gemäldegalerie and the Kupferstichkabinett present this exhibition displaying their holdings of Bosch's own work, as well as copies made from it and artworks inspired by it. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the oak panel depicting St. John on Patmos, signed by the artist. Alongside this there are four copies based on Bosch's greatest paintings from great masters such as Lucas Cranach the Elder.
 
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Hieronymus Bosch und seine Bildwelt im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert, Ausstellungsansicht, 2016, © Gemäldegalerie / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker.

Peres Projects - Dan Attoe: Natural Selections
Until February 25, 2017 | Karl-Marx-Allee 82, 10243
 
American artist Dan Attoe (b. 1975) is inspired by the wild nature of the Northwest coast of America with some of the imagery dipicting actual locations while others are a total fiction created from memory and impression. Attoe masterfully captures the vastness and melancholy of winter landscapes while, through the incorporation of tiny (yet detailed) human figures creates an interesting contrast that you will enjoy visiting!
 
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Dan ATTOE, Landscape with Free Time and Money, 2016 - Detail. Painting - Oil on canvas on panel, 121.92 x 152.4 cm (48 x 60 in).


Hamburger Bahnhof - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Hieroglyphics
Until February 26, 2017 | Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557
 
Kirchner used the concept of hieroglyphs to describe his act of artistic translation of abstracted figures, buildings, and landscapes to individual elements, tranforming painting into a system of open signs. In this exhibition, Kirchner's works from the collection of Berlin's Nationalgalerie will be shown for the first time in their entirety complemented by important loans that clarify Kirchner's concept of the "hieroglyph," as well as works by contemporary artists Rosa Barba and Rudolf Stingel.
 
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Ernst Ludwig KirchnerBadende am Strand (Fehmarn), 1913Öl auf Leinwand, 76 x 100 cm © bpk / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Jörg P. Anders.


Martin-Gropius-Bau - Robert Doisneau. Photographs
Until March 5, 2017 | Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963
 
Doisneau’s oeuvre is comprised of approximately 350,000 photographs as he worked as a photojournalist for the major magazines such as Vogue, Paris Match, Le Point and LIFE. His most famous photographs were shot while wandering through the Paris: Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville is such a picture, which  he took in March 1950 in front of a Parisian street café in the Rue de Rivoli. The image of the couple kissing was a work commissioned by LIFE magazine. Although it was staged, it contains an entire story: It became the symbol of Paris as the “city of love”.
 
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Robert Doisneau: Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville © Atelier Robert Doisneau, 2016.


Deutsche Bank KunstHalle - Bhupen Khakhar: You can't please all
Until March 5, 2017 | Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117
 
Bhupen Khakhar (1934–2003) played a central role in modern Indian art and was a recognised international figure in 20th century painting. After early experiments with Pop art he developed a style of painting that combined moderns tyles with popular Indian iconography while underlining provocative themes with such as class difference, desire and homosexuality and even his personal battle with cancer. The first posthumous survey of Khakhar’s career, this exhibition - previously on view at Tate Modern - brings together his work from across five decades and from collections around the world.
 
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Bhupen Khakhar, Grey Blanket, 1988 © Estate of Bhupen Khakhar.


Museum Berggruen - George Condo. Confrontation
Until March 12, 2017 | Schloßstraße 1, 14059
 
This first ever large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in the museum presents works by American painter George Condo (b. 1957), an artist who playfully combines references to art history with popular culture. Masterpieces by Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, Klee and Giacometti are exhibited alongside Condo’s works to provide an open field of references.
 
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Museum Berggruen - George Condo. Confrontation. Exhibition view. 


Pergamon Museum - The Legacy of the Ancient Kings
Until April 2, 2017 | Museum Island, Bodestraße 1-3, 10178
 
An exhibition examining the roots of Islamic cultures and Islamic art through the ancient civilizations of the Middle East. Focussing on Ctesiphon, an emblem of the grandeur and downfall of the mighty Sassanid empire, this exhibition is devoted to the Persian legacy inherited by Islam.
 
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Taq-e Kesra, Bogenhalle des Königspalasts von Ktesiphon, Irak 1932, © Ktesiphon-Archiv / Museum für Islamische Kunst / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: unbekannt.


me Collectors Room - My Abstract World
Until April 2, 2017 | Auguststraße 68, 10117
 
Thomas Olbricht, the famous collector behind me Collectors Room has spent the last 30 years collecting abstract art in a wide variety of styles. Now, he presents a selection of his current favourites, drawn from his collection of 350 abstract works by ninety different artists. At the same time, with the installation of new seating arrangements, Oriental carpets and reading materials, Olbricht is transforming the exhibition spaces into a multi-sensory experience. This will allow the exhibition visitor to relax with music or have a drink while delving more deeply into the artworks on display.
 
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Bernard Frize, Puxo, 2011 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.


Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg - Surreal Objectivity
Until April 23, 2017 | Schloßstraße 70, 14059
 
Based on works from the Nationalgalerie's rich collection of paintings from the period between the two World Wars, the exhibition takes a fresh look at the phenomenon of the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), from a perspective sharpened by the knowledge of Surrealism's achievements. The exhibition presents a broad spectrum of artists of the New Objectivity such as Otto Dix, Christian Schad and Alexander Kanoldt, but also less well-known painters including Paula Lauenstein, Fritz Burmann and Curt Querner.
 
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Surreal Objectivity, installation view, Sammlung Scharf-GerstenbergNationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Foto: Thomas Bruns.


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