Botanical Gardens & Museum // Detel Aurand: “Spaziergang am Blattrand”
18th February – 29th May 2016
Taking a look at the Easter weekend weather forecast, it seems wholly justified to suggest a trip down to the Botanical Gardens again, which we have listed in our exhibition top list for March as well. The greenhouses make the winter-weary Berliner forget the cold outside and shed his jackets in the damp tropical rainforest, bevor taking a walk in the 43 hector large gardens outside.
As if the magnificent display of plants and vegetations weren’t art in itself, the exhibition in the Botanical Museum presents the art work of Detel Aurand as well. For her exhibition she has deliberately used the collection of the botanical gardens as point of reference.
Botanical Gardens & Botanical Museum Berlin, Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, 14195 Berlin
Alte Nationalgalerie // August Kopisch: “Painter, Poet, Discoverer, Inventor”
19 th March 2016 – 17th July 2016
A true artist of the romantic period in the 19th century, August Kopisch did not confine himself to painting or art at all. Like some of his contemporaries, such as Goethe and Leibniz, he delved into science, literature, poetry and engineering – keeping pace with the technology of his time. He became famous by discovering the Blue Grotto on the mediterranean island of Capri, which since then draws many tourists each day and his literary achievements are still referred to today – most notably his translation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy and the poem “Die Heinzelmännchen”.
The exhibition at Alte Nationalgalerie, which houses some of the finest romantic masterworks of German heroes like Adolf Menzel, Caspar David Friedrich and Schinkel, is exhibiting many objects and pieces of writing by the artist, but focusses on his art work. Kopischs distinctive style betrays the deep connection he and his contemporaries had to nature and the sublime it conveyed. Unmistakeable is his use of mostly two main colours: Bengal fire blue and twilight red, using the curators words.
If this isn’t enough; visit the amazing other museums on Museumsinsel that are foot steps away from Alte Nationalgalerie: Read our Guide to Museumsinsel Berlin.
Alte Nationalgalerie, Museum Island, Bodestraße, 10178 Berlin
Galerie Max Hetzler // Albert Oehlen: “Works on Paper”
12th March – 16th April 2016
Better known for his paintings, Albert Oehlens graphic works have rarely been shown in this dimension. All the more reason to visit the Galerie Max Hetzler, where the artist has created a huge charcoal drawing directly onto the galleries wall. This piece forms the center of the exhibit, beside more large scale black and white drawings and smaller works aligned side by side. As with his painting technique, which is associated with the Cologne art scene of the 60s and 70s, his works on paper are abstract and highly dynamic, but slip into figurative elements on closer inspection. Restless dashes, black lines crossing and overlaying each other, condensing into tortuous bundles before fleeing into the void. Upon small format Oehlen develops works that form complex arrangements, the larger pieces are more reduced, the spaces left between the fleeting lines are left deliberately, marking the artists courage and affirmation of empty space.
Also on show at the gallery and equally worth seeing are works by Darren Almond and Jeff Elrod.
Galerie Max Hetzler, Goethestraße 2/3, 10623 Berlin