Uplifting Queer Exhibitions

In numerous museums and galleries, you are able to experience classical and contemporary art in Berlin - frequently with a queer focus. Annabelle Georgen, culture editor of the queer city magazine, SIEGESSÄULE, reveals here which exhibitions you shouldn't miss in winter and spring of 2022!

The first exhibition im Schwulen Museum with a focus on inter*: "Mercury Rising".

Mercury Rising

With 'Mercury Rising', the Schwules Museum presents for the first time in its history an exhibition that focuses on the inter* movement in society, art, and culture. The highlight of the show is the multimedia space station, 'Mercury Rising', created by the duo Giegold & Weiß, which makes the voices of inter* people visible and audible.

Mercury Rising – Inter* Hermstory[ies] Now and Then
Until 25.04.2022
At Schwules Museum, Lützowstraße 73, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Nollendorfplatz
Website of Schwules Museum

Tells the story of Berlin's interconnectedness with the world in an interactive and creative way: "Berlin Global" in the Humboldt Forum.

Berlin Global

The Humboldt Forum is located in the newly built Berlin Stadtschloss. In its large, permanent exhibition, 'Berlin Global', it is not the history of the capital that is told, but rather Berlin's interconnectedness with the world and done so in a most creative and interactive way. The show addresses topics such as 'Revolution', 'Fashion' and 'Free Spaces', and time and again also places an emphasis on gender issues. The historian, Katja Koblitz, from the lesbian archive 'Spinnboden', offers a lesbian-feminist guided tour of the exhibition on request.

Berlin Global
Until further notice, at Humboldt Forum, Schlossplatz, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
U Museumsinsel
Website of the exhibition Berlin Global
Website of the Humboldt Forum
Website of Spinnboden


The Finnish Institute in Germany presents the works of ten international artists around the themes of desire and queer social exclusion. The exhibition was curated by Berlin-based queer artist Alana Lake.

Until 02.04.2022
Exhibition by the Finnish Institute in Germany at Feld + Haus Projects, Seestraße 131, 13353 Berlin-Wedding.
S Beusselstrasse
Website of the Finland Institute

New opening: The gay "Galerie P6" presents international artists in Schöneberg.

Urban Clash

The gay 'Galerie P6' was opened during the pandemic in the middle of Schöneberg's gay neighbourhood. Entitled 'Urban Clash', curator and artist Erling Viktor will be presenting in the exhibition the works of artists from Berlin, Copenhagen, Tehran, and Paris from mid-April.

Urban Clash
From mid-April
At the P6 Gallery, Gossowstraße 6, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Website of the P6 Gallery

Art and fashion are the themes of „Modebilder - Kunstkleider" at the Berlinische Galerie.

Modebilder – Kunstkleider

Many photographs and paintings in the collection of the Berlinische Galerie deal with 20th century fashion. The exhibition, 'Modebilder - Kunstkleider' (Fashion Pictures - Art Clothing), focusing on the relationship between art and fashion, will be complemented by iconic items of clothing. Among them are numerous outfits by the gay Berlin photographer Rolf von Bergmann, which are being exhibited for the first time.

Modebilder – Kunstkleider
Until 30.05.2022
At Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-126, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Website of Berlinische Galerie

At „auf den zweiten Blick" queer references also become clear in older art - to be seen in the Bode Museum.

Der zweite Blick – Spielarten der Liebe

The exhibition series ‘Der zweite Blick', consists of thematic routes that make it possible to discover previously unknown aspects of the permanent exhibition of the Bode Museum. The first part of the series, 'Spielarten der Liebe' ('Varieties of Love'), was developed in collaboration with the Schwules Museum and highlights the artistic and social preoccupation with queer sexualities and identities in previous eras. Five strands deal with the works of homosexual artists, alongside the representation of erotic love among women, as well as with gender ambiguities.

Spielarten der Liebe
Until further notice
At Bode Museum, on Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Website of Bode Museum

Erinnerungen an eine Diva

Throughout his career, the gay make-up artist, René Koch, has created and donned many famous faces - including that of the legendary German singer, Hildegard Knef. He had a close friendship with this icon of the gay community. On the 20th anniversary of Knef's death, Réné Koch has dedicated this exhibition to her in his small private museum. Visits by appointment only.

Erinnerungen an eine Diva
Until 31.05.2022
In Lippenstiftmuseum, Helmstedter Straße 16, 10717 Berlin-Schöneberg
Website of Lippenstiftmuseum

A very special relationship: "Twins".


What is it like to be a twin? No relationship is stranger, more fascinating and more difficult to understand than the twin-relationship. The queer art space, 'The Ballery', is hosting an exhibition from 22 February that explores the subject from the perspective of twin artists. 'Twins' is curated by twin brothers Eric and Chris Phillips.

Until 23.03.2022
At The Ballery, Nollendorfstraße 11, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
U Nollendorfplatz
Website of The Ballery https://theballery.com

Greg Day documented the fascinating costumes of Stephen Varble.

The Gutter Art of Stephen Varble

The queer performance artist, Steven Varble (1946-1984), became famous in the 1970s for his wild, one-man fashion shows on the streets of New York. He wore garish and provocative drag outfits that he designed out of rubbish. His legendary performances were captured by photographer Greg Day. The Gay Museum is now showing a selection of photos of Varble's costume work.

The Gutter Art of Stephen Varble: Genderqueer Performance Art in Photographs by Greg Day
Until 21.03.2022
At Schwules Museum, Lützowstraße 73, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Nollendorfplatz
Website of Schwules Museum

Zanele Muholi documents the lives of South Africa's Black LGBTIQ* community.

Zanele Muholi

The photographs of South African non-binary artist, Zanele Muholi, can be seen for the first time in Germany in a comprehensive exhibition at the Gropius Bau in Berlin. Through the medium of powerful images, Zanele Muholi - who defines herself as a visual activist - has been documenting the lives of South Africa's black LGBTIQ* community over the last 20 years. The community continually struggles with racist violence and queerphobia on a daily basis.

Zanele Muholi
Until 13.03.2022
At Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
S + U Potsdamer Platz
Website of Gropius Bau

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