Art in Berlin 1880–1980

Art in Berlin 1880–1980
From the Collection

The presentation from our collection to mark the museum’s fortieth anniversary will be a multi-facetted tour through the art of Berlin from 1880 to 1980. It will range from paintings of the late 19th century, when the Kaiser reigned and tastes were largely determined by the moneyed classes, via Expressionism and the East European avant-garde to post-war modern architecture and the “wild” works of the Seventies. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the collection, there will be lively dialogue between paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and architecture. The show will illustrate a diversity of artistic styles and credos, but also tensions, polarisations and fresh departures, which remain hallmarks of Berlin as an artistic hub. As a city of the modern age that is attracting more young international artists than ever before, Berlin is still a centre of permanent new beginnings.

The new presentation honours the latest additions to the collection, including landscapes and studies of nature by Walter Leistikow, Lesser Ury, Karl Hagemeister, Julie Wolfthorn and others who gravitated around the Berliner Secession: these were acquired in 2014 thanks to the Dr. Jörg Thiede-Stiftung, a charitable trust. The public will also be able to rediscover the work of the Expressionist Benno Berneis: paintings, drawings and documents from a private donation have enriched our holdings since 2014.

In 2016 the Berlinische Galerie will be celebrating one hundred years of Dada with a special exhibition. In this show, therefore, the collection’s holdings from the Dada movement, which are among its greatest treasures, will be condensed into a small selection.

Artists (selected):
Anton von Werner, Max Liebermann, Walter Leistikow, Lesser Ury, Ludwig Meidner, Benno Berneis, Oskar Kokoschka, Rudolf Belling, Iwan Puni, Naum Gabo, El Lissitzky, Otto Bartning, Marta Astfalck-Vietz, Erich Salomon, Jeanne Mammen, Felix Nussbaum, Hans Uhlmann, Karl Hofer, Werner Heldt, Robert Capa, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Hermann Henselmann, Fred Thieler, Georg Baselitz, Rainer Fetting, Michael Schmidt, Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte