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The exhibition as exhibit in a public trial: Ai Weiwei's Evidence

by Edo Dijksterhuis
, Ai Weiwei’s largest retrospective to date, opened on April 3rd and that is no coincidence. It was exactly three years ago that day that the most influential artist of China (some argue: of the world) was arrested at the Beijing Capital International Airport and jailed on charges of “economic crimes.” He was released after eighty-one days but has since been forbidden to leave Beijing. For every step outside his own courtyard he has to ask the police for permission, effectively condemning him... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 5/15/14

Were the Dadaists Time Travellers? and other questions I’d like to ask Hans Richter

by Guy Parker
The movie camera – that bastard son of a thousand alchemists, illusionists, inventors, and old showmen – could have been purpose built for the Dadaists and the Surrealists. If it had slipped into obscurity or been written off as gimmick after they had made use of it, its journey into existence could have been said to be worthwhile. It's as if their paths were always destined to cross. In the Hans Richter show at Martin-Gropius-Bau you can see the very genesis of avant-garde film. Richter, a... [more]
Posted by Guy Parker on 4/2/14

View Finder: the world according to an artist’s photojournalist

by S V Km
With cameras as commonplace as body parts, what constitutes photojournalism? How does one present images that now seem easily replicated in purpose, content, and style by the average citizen? That seems to be the question implicitly asked in Martin-Gropius-Bau’s retrospective . Gathering fifty years in some three hundred photos – including political journalism, travel snapshots, scenic visions, and celebrity portraits – the exhibition clearly invests not only in presentation but in quantity in... [more]
Posted by S V Km on 2/12/14

[VIDEO] Meret Oppenheim. Retrospective. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

by Vernissage TV
To mark the centenary of Meret Oppenheim’s birth in Berlin on October 6, 2013, the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin is dedicating a first major retrospective to the artist. Oppenheim became famous with her work “Le Déjeuner en fourrure” (1936), a teacup, saucer and spoon that the artist covered with fur. The Fur Cup is one of the masterpieces of Surrealist art and is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Meret Oppenheim created works that combined different materials in a... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 8/20/13

[VIDEO] Interview with Anish Kapoor

by Vernissage TV
is the first comprehensive exhibition of Anish Kapoor in Berlin. The Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor is known for his spectacular sculptures and installations, such as the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, Chicago. For his exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau he uses the whole ground floor of the building, including the atrium. In this video, Anish Kapoor talks about the concept of the show and specific works, such as the huge kinetic installation in the atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau.... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 5/24/13

The Psychological and the Theatrical

by Gabriella Picone
When Diane Arbus’ photographs were first exhibited to the public they were received as shocking and transgressive, but now fifty years later, her stunning photographs are internationally recognized images. The iconic portraits she captured of nudists, transvestites, circus performers, the mentally handicapped, and other outcasts of society are no longer taboo; instead these images represent nostalgia for a particular era coupled with an unconventional lifestyle. The Martin-Gropius-Bau is now... [more]
Posted by Gabriella Picone on 7/22/12

Ai Weiwei Was Here

by Erik Wenzel
“Do you ever think of yourself as a documentarian? No, because that would be working within a system. I’m much more casual, it’s wandering here and there, like my cats.”   Lining the ornate Neo-Renaissance halls of the Martin Groupius Bau is a continuous frieze of more than 200 black and white photographs by Ai Weiwei. Taken as a whole, the exhibition is a beautiful almost sculptural object; each glossy black and white image is contained in the same regular large blonde wood square frame,... [more]
Posted by Erik Wenzel on 1/23/12

Hokusai Retrospective

For the first time in Germany a major retrospective is to be devoted to the world-famous Japanese artist Hokusai (1760–1849). Perhaps his best-known picture is the woodcut: “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from the series: “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (1823–29). Over 350 loans, which with few exceptions come from Japan, will be on display in the exhibition in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau. NAGATA Seiji, the leading Japanese authority on Hokusai and his work, will be curating the exhibition,... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/27/11

Margarita Broich

      As an actress Margarita Broich is one of the big names, but it may come as a surprise to many that she is also a photographer. For the first time the Martin-Gropius-Bau is showing an exhibition of her work consisting of over 60 portraits of her fellow artists, including Ben Becker, Kate Winslet, Veronika Ferres, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Christoph Schlingensief, Thomas Quasthoff and many more. Margarita Broich has captured those fleeting moments when the actor sheds the role... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/20/11

Pierre Soulages: More About Black

      Pierre Soulages is one of the world’s foremost abstract painters of recent decades. On the occasion of his 90th birthday he is being honoured by a retrospective in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Starting on 2 October 2010 Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau will be showing this exhibition in an altered form.Over 70 pictures of all his creative periods, from the works with walnut stain (1947 to 1949) to the radically black paintings of recent years measuring up three metres high, are being... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/5/10

Incredible Retrospective!

The Frida Kahlo Retrospective at the Martin-Gropius-Bau is truly spectacular! Particularly because it combines so many rare works of Kahlo over so many different mediums. Paintings, drawings, photographs and a plaster corset she painted while recovering from her bus accident. Bringing Latin American art to Europe in a particularly professional manner, this exhibition is a must see!   [more]
Posted by Artemundi Global Fund on 8/10/10

F.C. Gundlach: A Life's Work

    From November 2009 the Martin-Gropius-Bau presents the definitive retrospective of F.C. Gundlach’s extensive photographic work with the exhibition “F.C. Gundlach – Photographic Work”. F.C Gundlach is one of the most famous fashion photographers worked for the most important magazines and publications from the middle of the 1950’s to 1990. Among other many famous pictures the most comprehensive presentation of F.C. Gundlach’s work shows many fameless facets of F.C. Gundlach’s work to date.... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/15/10

Erosion of the Eastern Bloc

      In this first exhibition of the impressive work of the press photographer, Harald Schmitt, a total of 120 photographs will be shown with political and social themes. Most of them were taken in the former GDR, Soviet Union, communist Czechoslovakia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and China.Up until the 1990s the countries of Eastern Europe resembled a massive monolithic bloc. They were all subjected to the supremacy of the Soviet Union, forced into a military alliance, governed by similar... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/5/09

Survey of Herlinda Koelbl

  Asked why she didn’t photograph mountains or landscapes, Herlinde Koelbl once replied: “People are unpredictable.” Perhaps this statement gives an indication of what makes the work of this great German art photographer so special. She wants to grasp people, understand them, find out something about how they live, what they choose to surround themselves with, how they would like to appear and what they really are, what elates them and what casts them down. Her images are intense experiences... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/31/09

A Look at History

by E-Slant Team
Hannes Kilian is one of Germany’s most significant photographers. The Hannes Kilian exhibition consists of about 320 black-and-white photographs representing a cross-section of his work between 1937 and 1987. Kilian’s way of looking at things and his talent for capturing situations and documenting individual destinies in all their complexity are masterly. Kilian did not stage his pictures, but used them to mirror his own very personal perceptions. Many images reveal his great gift for... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 6/14/09

Retrospective Robert Lebeck: Looking Back on Germany

by Kate Lemay
The Robert Lebeck retrospective at the Martin-Gropius-Bau presents over 300 of the German photojournalist’s works from the fifties and sixties. Lebeck is known for his cool detachment and lack of sentimentality in capturing his subject, and in this show, his photographs are a probing study of German nationalism since the Second World War. In addition to photographs taken on assignment in Africa, Spain, and Italy, the show particularly underscores people in the arts and politics. Lebeck’s... [more]
Posted by Kate Lemay on 12/11/08
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