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Art lover's guide to Berlin

By Lulu Le Vay

With Berlin art week coming up next month, we explore the very best exhibitions and museums that this enigmatic city has to offer.

Center for Contemporary Art

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Queer self-image is the focus of new exhibition ‘Just Love’ which showcases the work of six painters. The show offers an insight into the reality of being queer in urban communities which raises fundamental questions about the social acceptance and visibility of queers in modern life.

C/O Berlin

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Exhibition ‘No Photos on the Dancefloor!’ documents and brings to life three decades of Berlin club culture. Videos, photographs and documentary material is shown with a club music audio backdrop. Expect live performances and DJs for the full immersive experience.

Berlinische Galerie

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To mark the centenary of the Bauhaus founding, over 1000 exhibits will be on display from this exciting 14-year period which was, without doubt, the most influential school of architecture, design and art in the 20th century.

Collection Regard

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To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, photographer Patrick Tourneboeuf, founder of the collective Tendance Floue, whose show ‘Along the Wall’ traces the mutation of the landscape through an archaeological approach.

The Bauhaus Centenary

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Dutch artist Peter Vink returns to this gallery with a three-dimensional installation Aquabit II, inspired by Bauhaus teacher Josef Albers.

Museum fur Gegenwart

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Be quick to catch this unique show of expressionist works by alleged Nazi sympathiser Emil Nolde. The show entitled ‘The Artist during the Nazi Regime’ is the first time his works have been shown, primarily to explore how the Third Reich impacted upon his painting. A must-see.

Museum Berggruen

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A cubism exhibition extravaganza with the combined works of Picasso and Scheibitz draws an arc from classical modernism through to contemporary art – old Paris and contemporary Berlin. A striking insight into fragile and unstable worlds, then and now.

Eigen + Art

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One of Germany’s leading conceptual artists, Olaf Nicolai, will be showcasing his ground-breaking works at this innovative space dedicated to experimental art.

Museum Barberini

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Back to the classics with a striking collection of 54 masterpieces, including one of Caravaggio’s early works ‘Narcissus’ from the National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome. Italian baroque at its finest.

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