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CONSERVATIVE VS. CONTEMPORARY — AN EXHIBITION AT SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG

CONSERVATIVE VS. CONTEMPORARY — AN EXHIBITION AT SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG

Fancy a little bit of Versailles right here in Berlin? Well, it’s just around the corner at Schloss Charlottenburg, where you will find a magnificent melange of baroque, early classicism and rococo. The palace’s imposing halls are finished in gold, silver and marble and adorned with artistic masterpieces – even on the ceilings. But head to the exhibition Clashing Styles?! West Berlin in Turmoil Over a Ceiling Painting (until 31.10.2022) and you’ll discover artworks that are a little more modern. The subject of the show is the fiery post-war debate over the repainting of the ceiling in the palace’s White Hall, which was destroyed during the Second World War. In the argument over whether to be faithful to the original design or introduce modern elements, painter Hann Trier (1915-1999) prevailed and created a contemporary version of the original mural. The exhibition offers a chance to marvel at his colorful ceiling work alongside never-before-seen originals and historical objects.

The highlight, however, remains the tour of the White Hall, where designs from the 1950s and 1960s as well as Hann Trier’s monumental 1971/72 works are presented beneath the imposing ceiling painting. The beautiful baroque palace park is also worth visiting, as are the workshops where you can get creative by making your own ceiling painting. No matter whether you look up, down or straight ahead, a trip to Charlottenburg’s finest building will always please the eyes. 

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: SPSG, Wolfgang Pfauder, 2018; Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, SPSG, Andreas Lechtape, 2018; unknown, November 1952 / Credit: Kunststiftung Hann Trier, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021.

Schloss Charlottenburg (new wing), Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map.

Tue–Wed 10–17h30, Thur 10–19h, Fri–Sun 10–17h30. You can buy tickets online

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SCHILLER MEETS BRITNEY SPEARS — THEATERTREFFEN BRINGS TWO WEEKS OF DRAMATIC (RE)INVENTION TO THE STAGE

SCHILLER MEETS BRITNEY SPEARS — THEATERTREFFEN BRINGS TWO WEEKS OF DRAMATIC (RE)INVENTION TO THE STAGE

Schiller and Britney Spears in the same line-up? It can only be Theatertreffen, which is back with another two weeks of boundary-pushing stage productions starting tomorrow (06.05.2022). Under the direction of Yvonne Büdenhölzer for the last time, the festival will set up camp at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele to showcase the 10 “most remarkable” German-language productions of the year. Under Büdenhölzer, the festival has never been a slave to classical theater, and this year is no different. The program kicks off with Das neue Leben – where do we go from here, a (very) loose adaptation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” by director and Theatertreffen regular Christopher Rüping. With entertaining results, Rüping blends the Italian poet’s words with pop melodies from Meat Loaf and, yes, Britney (06 & 07.05). The reinvention continues next week (09 & 10.05) with Die Jungfrau von Orleans, a feminst deconstruction of Schiller’s 1801 tragedy by Joanna Bednarczyk.

Director duo Soeren Voima’s Der Tartuffe oder Kapital und Ideologie (21 & 22.05) is also inspired by a historical play, namely Molière’s 1664 comedy. But this version also draws on the 2019 book “Capital and Ideology” by bestselling French economist Thomas Piketty, while the drama plays out not in 17th-century Paris, but a 1980s German flatshare. But Theatertreffen isn’t all about established names and German plays: the Stückemarkt presents theatrical works from all over the world, including Circle Hasu from performer and composer Aine Nakamura (12.05) and And I dreamt I was drowning from London playwright Amanda Wilkin (15.05). Also worth checking out are the Burning Issues talks on hot topics like AI and power imbalances in the theater sector. It’s a line-up that brings (re)invention to where it belongs: right at the front of the stage.

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: Rebecca Rütten; Joerg Brueggemann, Ostkreuz; Christian Kleiner

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstr.24, 10719 Berlin–Wilmersdorf; map

Theatertreffen (06–22.05.2022) – tickets for the performances can be purchased on the website. A number of the productions will also be streamed online – check the program for details.

@berlinerfestspiele

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PLAN THE PERFECT ART DATE WITH OUR GALLERY GUIDE FOR TWO — THE CEE CEE X BUMBLE ART LOVERS MAP, NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND DIGITAL

PLAN THE PERFECT ART DATE WITH OUR GALLERY GUIDE FOR TWO — THE CEE CEE X BUMBLE ART LOVERS MAP, NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND DIGITAL

Art is a pretty powerful thing: it can inspire, provoke and even set off sparks – particularly when you add a little romance to the mix. We think the best dates blend culture and chemistry, letting the conversation flow and the emotions heighten. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Bumble to create The Art Lovers Map – our latest Neighborhood Map that’s packed with gallery tips that will have you and your partner vibing via art. Besides ten gallery selections, the map features four walking tours – Schöneberg, Mitte, Kreuzkölln and Fischerinsel – offering both all-day adventures and around-the-corner art spots. Oh, and fret not: if you’re feeling peckish in between your doses of art or just need a moment to contemplate, we’ve selected some favorite eateries for a convenient pit stop on the way.

You can pick up the printed map at selected spots in Berlin or view it online. Inside you’ll find highlights that include the Schöneberg route, which starts with a scoop or two at Jones Ice Cream before taking you to “Die Blüten von Berlin” at ChertLüdde’s newly-opened space in former costume shop Deko Behrendt. The Mitte route, meanwhile, is all about non-traditional art, with Lauren Lee McCarthy’s NFT “I Heard Talking Is Dangerous” at Eigen + Art Lab. The digital discovery continues with a dive into the world of memes at Galerie Nagel Draxler, home to Christine Wang’s exhibition comprising hyper-realistic paintings of Covid-era social media posts. Next up, the Fischerinsel route features heavy hitters like Gerhard Richter, who appears in the “Château Province” group show at Spree-side gallery Die Möglichkeit einer Insel. It’s followed by a culinary stop with small plates and natural wine at Bar Freundschaft. Last but not least, the Kreuzkölln route takes you to K-T Z for some surrealism from Pieter Schoolworth and Neukölln’s Weserhalle for Andy Kassier’s playful and vibrant new show. This art-filled jaunt culminates with wine and a film at the intimate Wolf Kino. To check out the routes in full, pick up your copy of Cee Cee x Bumble The Art Lovers Map. Happy hand holding! 

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Cee Cee x Bumble The Art Lovers Map
The map can be picked up at selected spots across town or viewed as a digital version online.

@bumble_germany
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A CENTER FOR CREATIVES WITH STUDIOS, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITS — HAUBROK FOUNDATION AT THE FAHRBEREITSCHAFT IN LICHTENBERG

A CENTER FOR CREATIVES WITH STUDIOS, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITS — HAUBROK FOUNDATION AT THE FAHRBEREITSCHAFT IN LICHTENBERG

This depot, once home to the vehicle fleet of the GDR Council of Ministers, is now one of the most creative courtyards in Berlin. In 2013, collector couple Axel and Barbara Haubrok acquired the former “Fahrbereitschaft” site in Lichtenberg and turned it into a space for artists and creators. In addition to studios and workshops, the two hectare site houses the Haubrok Foundation exhibition venue. In autumn 2021 the site reopened to visitors with vernissages presenting a changing line-up of high-quality works. Artists that have been featured include Martin Crew, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Karin Sander and Wolfgang Tillmans. In addition to exhibitions, the site is home to lots of things to discover, from a casino and bar to a bowling alley and even a sauna. You can take a guided tour around the facility to hear historical tales from its 1970s heyday. If you need a little culinary refreshment, head to the nearby Dong Xuan Center for a tasty bowl of Phở.

Text: Cosima Kind / Photos: Cee Cee Creative for visitBerlin

This feature is part of Into Berlin, an initiative from visitBerlin in cooperation with Cee Cee, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Haubrok Foundation at the Fahrbereitschaft, Herzbergstr.40–43, 10365 Berlin–Lichtenberg; map

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A DAY TRIP PACKED WITH NATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY: SCHLOSS BIESDORF IN MARZAHN-HELLERSDORF

A DAY TRIP PACKED WITH NATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY: SCHLOSS BIESDORF IN MARZAHN-HELLERSDORF

If you are looking to visit a palace, Marzahn-Hellersdorf might not be the first destination on the list. Head to the historical palace of Schloss Biesdorf, however, and you’ll find a perfect setting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Even from a distance you can see the unmistakable octagonal tower of this classicist palace, which sits in 14 hectares of parkland on the Barnim Plateau area of high ground. Designed by architect Heino Schmieden – who also worked on the Gropius Bau museum – Biesdorf was partially destroyed in 1945 and has been extensively renovated in recent years. Nowadays, the municipal gallery hosts art exhibitions as well as a permanent collection documenting the history of the 1868 house. An extensive program of concerts, guided tours, artist talks, lectures and literary events take place in its historic grounds.

Once you have arrived from the city center – Biesdorf is just 30 minutes from Friedrichstraße – sit back with some coffee and cake on the sun terrace. Afterwards take a walk through the park – a design from Eduard Neide, who was a director at the Tiergarten and a student of Peter Joseph Lenné. Then, check out the pond and historic ice cellar. In the warmer months, concerts and other open-air events are held in the grounds as part of the Biesdorfer Parkbühne. Best of all: admission to the gallery’s exhibitions is free of charge.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Cee Cee Creative for VisitBerlin

This feature is part of Into Berlin, an initiative from visitBerlin in cooperation with Cee Cee, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Schloss Biesdorf, Alt-Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlin–Marzahn-Hellersdorf; map
Sat–Thu 10–18h, Fri 12–21h, Tue closed.

@schlossbiesdorf

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