Berlin Art Calendar: August exhibition guide

Visiting Berlin is always a challenge for the list-making art-lover as there are always so many things you really want to see. The German capital boasts a great number of world-class museum, dozens of contemporary art galleries and an open-museum attitude that allows you to find art everywhere. Cityartnow comes to your aid by making a list of the most interesting shows at the city's museums and exhibition spaces that you can visit for the rest of the summer! Furthermore we urge you to check our Berlin city-page and form your own unique art list! Enjoy!
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1. Gemäldegalerie - El Siglo de Oro. The Age of Velázquez

130 masterpieces of painting and sculpture from the 17th century by Velázquez, El Greco, Zurbarán and Murillo bring the golden age of Spanish art to Berlin. Until October 30, 2016.
El Siglo de Oro. Die Ära VelázquezAusstellungsansicht© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Achim Kleuker

2. Pergamon Museum - Contrast Syria

Pictures taken in Syria's north-eastern provinces by Syrian photographer Mohamad al-Roumi during the 1990s document the region's nomadic population and the working conditions in its poverty-stricken towns. Until October 25, 2016.
Ästhetische Zweckmäßigkeit dank massiver Lehmwände (Al-Amarne 1995) © Mohamad Al Roumi

3. Kunsthalle by Deutsche Bank - Common Affairs. Revisiting the Views Award

The exhibition presents a selection of contemporary Polish art from artists who were nominated for the VIEWS Award from 2003 to the present. Part of the exhibition is shown at the Polish Institute Berlin. Until October 30, 2016.
© Deutsche Bank AG

4. Sprüth Magers Gallery - Alexandre Singh & Frank Stella

Frank Stella, a living legend of minimalism & abstraction, presents an exhibition with works from his Polish Village (1970) and Bali (2002-2009) series while Alexandre Singh presents his installation The School for Objects Criticized AE - an earlier version of which was exhibited at the New Museum, N.Y. and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Both exhibitions are open until September 3, 2016.
Frank Stella, Installation view, Sprüth Magers Berlin, 2016

5. Berlinische Galerie - Dada Africa. Dialogue with the foreign

Celebrating the centennial of DADA, the Gallery presents an exhibition about responses to Dada outside Europe, revealing how much the Dadaists looked to art beyond Europe, being in direct dialogue with artefacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania. Opening August 5. Until November 7, 2016.
Hannah Höch, Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum), 1929, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, © VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2016

6. Martin-Gropius-Bau

Presenting one of the busiest exhibitions programs in the city, Martin-Gropius-Bau hosts spectacular exhibitions on the art of the Maya, the complete interdisciplinary oeuvre of William Kentridge, photography shows by Thomas Struth and Berenice Abbott and an exhibition examining art in the GDR, 1976-1989.
William Kentridge: MORE SWEETLY PLAY THE DANCE, 2015. © Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, Paris, London); Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town) and Lia Rumma Gallery (Naples, Milan)

7. Hamburger Bahnhof

Six interesting exhibition are currently on view at Hamburger Bahnhof. Neue Galerie: The Black Years with masterpieces by Picasso, Feininger, Otto Dix, Kollwitz, Belling, de Chirico and Kirchner is a gem! Other exhibitions by Carl Andre, Julian Rosefeldt and Gülsün Karamustafa are also on view.
Gülsün Karamustafa, Against the Serpent, 1986. Courtesy: Izmir Institute of Technology Library Collection.

8. me Collectors Room: Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbricht Collection

65 photographs by the iconic artist, including works from almost all periods of her career, provide a remarkable overview of the entire body of work. Until August 28, 2016.
© Olbricht Collection. me-Berlin.

9. Kupferstichkabinett - We're Off Then - Travel Pictures from Albrecht Durer to Olafur Eliasson

A unique summer exhibition showing the most beautiful, seductive and curious travel pictures from over five centuries; from gorgeously illustrated books from the Age of Discovery via the enigmatic paradises of Paul Gauguin and Nolde's deeply sceptical South Sea watercolours. Until September 25, 2016.
Emil Orlik, Fuji-Pilger, 1901. Farbholzschnitt. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Jörg P. Anders

10. Bode-Museum - ONE GOD - Abraham's Legacy on the Nile

In Egypt, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a very long common history. 'ONE GOD - Abraham's Legacy on the Nile' takes a closer look at the religious life and day-to-day coexistence of the three faith communities in Egypt, from the time of the Romans all the way up to the Fatimid caliphate in the 12th century. Until December 31, 2016.
Marmorfragment. Stammt vermutlich von einem Grabaufsatz aus Ägypten. Der Schriftzug gibt einen Auszug aus dem Koran wieder (Sure 3, Vers 18): "Er sorgt für Gerechtigkeit". © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst / Georg Niedermeiser


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