These Berlin Exhibitions are worth a visit in Spring!

You can explore classical and contemporary art in numerous museums and galleries in Berlin - some of which focus on Queer themes. Annabelle Georgen, culture editor of the queer city magazine SIEGESSÄULE, reveals here which exhibitions you shouldn't miss in spring of 2022!

Photographer Bieke Depoorter's images reflect her closeness to her model, the young Parisian Agata Kay.

Bieke Depoorter

Random encounters are the starting point of 'A Chance Encounter', the first solo exhibition in Berlin by Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter. In her ongoing photographic collaboration 'Agata', she features as her subject the young Parisian, Agata Kay. One theme that is explored is the complex friendship that developed between the photographer and her model. Depoorter met Kay for the first time in 2017 in a Paris striptease bar.

Bieke Depoorter:A Chance Encounter
Until 09.09.2022
At C/O Berlin, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
U Zoologischer Garten
Website of the exhibition Bieke Depoorter: A Chance Encounter
Website of C/O Berlin

A breathtaking light show: "Poetic AI".

Poetic AI

'Poetic AI' is - as the name suggests - a poetic multimedia journey into the meanderings of artificial intelligence. With the help of 136 projectors, all surfaces in the art space 'Napoleon Complex' become the projection surfaces of a breathtaking immersive light show that explores theories of science, art history and ancient civilizations, to name but a few.

Poetic AI
Until 15.08.2022
At Napoleon Komplex, Modersohnstraße 35-45, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Website of Napoleon Komplex

The painter, drag artist and activist José Pérez Ocaña is a celebrity in his native Barcelona. The "Gay Museum" is dedicating an exhibition to him.

Ocaña

In Barcelona's queer scene, José Pérez Ocaña (1947-1983) is virtually a legend. In 1970s Spain, the painter, drag artist and gay activist brought a touch of radical queerness and irresistible fantasy to the Catalan capital's vibrant Las Ramblas. 'Ocaña - The Angel Who Sings in Agony' is the first German exhibition about the eventful and unfortunately all too short life of the so-called Queen of Las Ramblas.

Ocaña — The Angel Who Sings in Agony
Until 12.09.2022
At Schwules Museum, Lützowstraße 73, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Nollendorfplatz
Website of the exhibition Ocaña — The Angel Who Sings in Agony
Website of Schwules Museum

Provides an insight into the life of Frederick the Great: the new permanent exhibition in Charlottenburg Palace.

Friedrich der Große in Charlottenburg

The newly designed permanent exhibition in the New Wing of Charlottenburg Palace revolves around the King Frederick the Great (1712-1786), rumoured to have most probably been gay. In the 16 rooms on the upper floor of the famous Berlin palace, light is shed on different facets of the Prussian monarch's life, room by room. Even the interior décor provides a glimpse into the epoch of the time. The rooms have been furnished with paintings that hung there then. In addition, on display too is furniture from the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, where Frederick the Great lived. The new exhibition simultaneously provides an insight into the court culture of that era.

Neu in Szene: Friedrich der Große in Charlottenburg
Until further notice
At Schloss Charlottenburg – Neuer Flügel, Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg
U Richard-Wagner-Platz
Website of Schoss Charlottenburg

Golden times: The 1960s in Beirut.

Beirut and the Golden Sixties

In the 1960s, Lebanese society experienced a heyday: in the period between the Lebanese crisis in 1958 and the beginning of the Lebanese civil war in 1975, Beirut became the scene of an artistic and political awakening. Even queer artists were able to express themselves freely in the then-liberal Lebanese capital. The exhibition 'Beirut and the Golden Sixties' highlights this eventful decade, which forms an important chapter in Lebanon's recent history.

Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility
Until 12.06.2022
At Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Potsdamer Platz
Website of the exhibition Beirut and the Golden Sixties
Website of Gropius Bau

Grandiose artist, terrible anti-Semite: The "Deutsches Historisches Museum" approaches Richard Wagner.

Richard Wagner und das deutsche Gefühl

In the 19th century, the German composer Richard Wagner composed legendary operas such as the 'Ring' Cycle, 'Tristan and Isolde' and 'Lohengrin'. Wagner was the protégé of the gay King of Bavaria, Ludwig II. The composer was also a staunch anti-Semite - a fact which the Nazis later celebrated. The exhibition 'Richard Wagner and German Sentiment' confronts this problematic legacy with, among other things, the installation ‘Schwarzalbenreich' created by the gay and Jewish Berlin star director Barrie Kosky. In the darkness of a 'black box', he presents a sound collage of historical recordings with anti-Semitic quotations translated into Yiddish.

Richard Wagner und das deutsche Gefühl
Until 11.09.2022
At Deutsches Historischen Museum, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
U Museuminsel
Website of the exhibition Richard Wagner und das deutsche Gefühl
Website of Deutsches Historisches Museum

With every step on the shells, the sculpture by artist Nina Canell changes.

Nina Canell

The Swedish artist Nina Canell, who lives in Berlin, showcases some of her sculptural works in this exhibition. She has designed an interactive site-specific installation especially for the 'Berlinische Galerie', in which she has scattered seven tons of mussel shells on the floor of the art space, which gradually crumble under the feet of the visitors*. This creates an ever-changing sculpture.

Nina Canell – Tectonic Tender
Until 29.08.2022
At Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Moritzplatz, U Kochstr.
Website of the exhibition Nina Canell – Tectonic Tender
Website of Berlinische Galerie

Dive into the overwhelming world of sound under water: with "Seaphony".

Seaphony

The richest source of sound on earth is hidden in the underwater world. The immersive exhibition 'Seaphony' brings this still largely unknown soundscape of the ocean to life with sound and light installations. From the southern Polar Sea to the Pacific and the Atlantic, visitors can expect a multidimensional, audiovisual journey through the depth and vastness of the blue planet. Whale songs, the movements of small crustaceans, as well as the constant piercing sounds produced by never-ceasing traffic of ships, are audible. 'Seaphony' celebrates the little-known, fragile beauty of this realm, which is increasingly threatened by human activities.

Seaphony
Until 08.06.2022
At Alten Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin-Mitte
U Klosterstrasse
Website of the exhibition Seaphony
Website of Alte Münze

Classic and modern landscape painting: David Hockney in the "Gemäldegalerie".

David Hockney

The gay master painter David Hockney became known worldwide for his famous painting 'Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)' from 1972, among others. His large-scale landscape cycle, ‘Three Trees near Thixendale’ (2007/2008), is now being shown in Berlin for the first time. In this exhibition, Hockney turns his attention to the colourful, seasonal changes of nature in Yorkshire. As part of the exhibition 'Landscapes in Dialogue', his 'Four Seasons' will be juxtaposed with gems of landscape painting from the Gemäldegalerie's own collection.

David Hockney – Landschaften im Dialog
Until 10.07.2022
At Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Potsdamer Platz
Website of the exhibition David Hockney – Landschaften im Dialog
Website of Gemäldegalerie

The " Schwules Museum" presents queer art from Brazil with "Encantadas".

Encantadas — Transzendentale Kunst aus Brasilien

The small exhibition 'Encantadas' was curated by three Brazilian trans* artists. The Berlin-based musician and DJ Sanni Est (here she shows you her favourite places in a video on Place2be.Berlin), the performer and activist A Transälien, and the visual artist Ué Prazeres showcase the works of queer artists from the north and northeast of Brazil who deal with mystical visions of the cosmos.

Encantadas — Transzendentale Kunst aus Brasilien
Until 18.07.2022
At Schwulen Museum, Lützowstraße 73, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Nollendorfplatz
Website of the exhibition Encantadas — Transzendentale Kunst aus Brasilien
Website of Schwules Museum

Further information

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Words: Annabelle Georgen

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