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THE LIFE’S WORK OF A BRAZILIAN MODERNIST: ROBERTO BURLE MARX

THE LIFE’S WORK OF A BRAZILIAN MODERNIST: ROBERTO BURLE MARX

I’m a landscape architect, which can often lead to confusion and many questions when explaining to someone what I actually do. Now, I’ve come to always ask this question in response: “Do you know the Copacabana?” Designed by Brazil’s Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), one of the most influential landscape architects of the 20th century, Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana consists of different public gardens, beaches and parks and is one of his most well-known works. In addition to designing grand landscapes, he was also a painter, sculptor, textile designer, and ceramicist. With his close friend, Oscar Niemeyer — another famous architect of Brazilian modernism – he also designed the garden of the National Theater in Brasilia, among other things. “Brazilian Modernist” at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle illuminates his life’s work and demonstrates, on the basis of his projects, the variety and importance of the design and our perception of outdoor spaces. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Deutsche Bank KunstHalle)

Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map
Brazilian Modernist” until 3.10.2017
Daily 10-20h, on Mondays entrance is free

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ODE TO FRIENDSHIP: ARI BENJAMIN MEYERS AT ESTHER SCHIPPER

ODE TO FRIENDSHIP: ARI BENJAMIN MEYERS AT ESTHER SCHIPPER

At the start of this year, the violinist Ayumi Paul began writing letters to the artist and composer, Art Benjamin Meyers. Forgoing small talk in her writing, Paul instead shares intimate details from her childhood, telling of love, loss and her experiences of therapy. Meyers answered these letters in his own way, writing a score and translating Paul’s words into notes — thereby creating a sensitive portrait of his longtime friend. In Esther Schipper’s gallery you can now listen to Paul’s interpretation of Meyers’ compositions performed on the violin. Hanging on the walls are the letters, which Meyers has annotated with notes and memories. The duo’s friendship is experienced as a sound space in which music, words and objects each have their own role to play. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos c/o the artist and Esther Schipper / Andrea Rossetti)

Esther Schipper, Potsdamer Str.81E, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Ari Benjamin Meyers – Solo for Ayumi“, until 5.8.2017
Tue-Sat 11-18h

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LET’S POLISH! EXPLORING IDENTITY THROUGH DESIGN

LET’S POLISH! EXPLORING IDENTITY THROUGH DESIGN

What does it mean to be Polish in the world today? Explore some aesthetic suggestions tonight (13.7) at the openingof ”Let’s Polish! Design from London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Warsaw” — an exhibition at the Polish Institute of Berlin exploring the layered question of national identity through industrial and product design. Three emerging design studios with Polish roots, scattered across Europe — from Paris and Vienna to Warsaw via Berlin — were invited to showcase designs on the topic and select another studio to do the same. Chmara.rosinke chose Kosmos Project, Maria Jeglińska suggested Krzysztof Pyda and Marta Bakowski picked Jan Hendzel. All works — from chairs to ceramics — are linked in their experimental, critical approach to representing Polish identity on an aesthetic level. So what do they reveal? You’ve got until 17 September to discover the answers for yourself. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Marta Bakowski, Turczynska-for-Culture-PL)

Polish Institute Berlin, Burgstr.27. 10178 Berlin; map
Let’s Polish!”, opening 13.7, 19h, Facebook event
Exhibition runs until 17.9, Tue-Fri 10-18h

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DRIVE & NEUE MEISTER PRESENT MASTERS OF MODERN CLASSICAL

DRIVE & NEUE MEISTER PRESENT MASTERS OF MODERN CLASSICAL

Save the date next Thursday for an evening of aural inspiration: Neue Meister and Drive. Volkswagen Group Forumare inviting you to join them for the latest round of their “New Masters” series, which offers a platform for modern classical music. On stage with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin will be the likes of Marina Baranova and “classical punk”, Kai Schumacher. The program promises the work of New York composer Caroline Shaw, the youngest ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, who has since worked with Kanye West. And while we’re name dropping: we’re excited to see Hauschka on stage. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Neue Meister)

Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84/ corner Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map
Neue Meister Concert No.5: Modern Classical Music, 13.7, 20h

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AMERICA’S ROAD TO MODERN ART ON SHOW AT MUSEUM BARBERINI

AMERICA’S ROAD TO MODERN ART ON SHOW AT MUSEUM BARBERINI

Long queues have been fronting the entrance to the new star of Potsdam’s twinkling museum scene since its opening in early 2017. Following its inaugural blockbuster exhibition on the Impressionists, Museum Barberini is currently hosting “From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art”, through 3.10.17. On show is a cross section of North American painting, based around the themes of landscapes, portraits and the city, as well as Abstract Expressionism. The museum has supplemented its own small collection with high-calibre collaborations — on loan for the first time to a German museum are works by Edward Hopper, George Inness, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe and Richard Diebenkorn, sent by Washington’s The Phillips Collection. Take a day to explore the inspiring museum architecture alongside the show, and don’t forget to pack headphones, as the informative audio guide is free as part of Barberini’s well-designed app — for which, of course, there is wifi. (Text: Helen von der Höden / Photos (clockwise): Edward Hopper c/o The Phillips Collection / Museum Barberini)

Museum Barberini, Alter Markt, Humboldtstraße 5-6, 14467 Potsdam; map
From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art, through 3.10.17: Mon, Wed-Sun: 10-19h, every first Thu in the month 10-21h

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