The Berlin World Improvement Machine

The Berlin World Improvement Machine

September 24th, 2013 | Germany, Shows

The BERLIN WORLD IMPROVEMENT MACHINE aims to encourage a discussion about the role of art and science in relation to the improvement of our present-day world. What if there had been a secret plan to improve the world, steadily pursued in Berlin since the seventeenth… Read More

Giant blue cock by Katharina Fritsch at Trafalgar Square

Giant blue cock by Katharina Fritsch at Trafalgar Square

(AFP) A huge blue cockerel descended upon London’s Trafalgar Square on Thursday, but the artwork has ruffled feathers by putting the symbol of France in a site marking a famous British victory over Napoleon. Standing 4.7 metres (15.5 feet) tall and coloured a vivid ultramarine,… Read More

Werner Herzog’s installation Hearsay of the Soul at Getty Center

Werner Herzog’s installation Hearsay of the Soul at Getty Center

Filmmaker Werner Herzog’s five-channel video installation Hearsay of the Soul will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center until January 19, 2014. Created for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, the work was recently acquired by the Getty Museum, and represents a growing… Read More

Sigmar Polke – First comprehensive retrospective at MoMA

Sigmar Polke – First comprehensive retrospective at MoMA

July 21st, 2013 | Contemporary Art, Germany, Paintings, Shows

The Museum of Modern Art announced the first comprehensive retrospective of Sigmar Polke (German, 1941–2010) from April 19 to August 3, 2014. Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 is the first exhibition to encompass Polke’s work across all mediums, including painting, photography, film, drawing, prints, and sculpture…. Read More

Monika Grzymala fills Museum with floating paper cloud

Monika Grzymala fills Museum with floating paper cloud

Monika Grzymala, the Berlin-based artist celebrated for her site-specific works that are grounded in drawing but expand into three dimensions, created a large-scale installation at the Morgan Library & Museum this summer. Titled Volumen, the work is composed of thousands of sheets of handmade paper,… Read More

The self-made legend of Joseph Beuys

The self-made legend of Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys and his crash on the Crimean Peninsula in 1944 — or, more accurately, Beuys’ version of it — became a founding episode of a new avant-garde and had an enormous impact on contemporary art. But maybe the story of Joseph Beuys has to… Read More

Berlin Wall hosts giant portraits of world’s barriers

Berlin Wall hosts giant portraits of world’s barriers

July 11th, 2013 | Germany, Photography, Shows

Giant portraits of the world’s tensest borders went on display Tuesday on the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, in what organisers called a protest underlining the futility of barriers to resolve conflict. The “Wall on Wall” project by German photographer Kai Wiedenhoefer features… Read More

Otto Dix in Tunisia – Testing Limits Of Islamists

Otto Dix in Tunisia – Testing Limits Of Islamists

July 9th, 2013 | Germany, Modernism, Shows, Tunisia

Otto Dix in Tunisia? Sounds like a mistake, a geographical accident, as if somebody or something got on the wrong plane. Not so. There really are some 100 works — sketches, drawings, oils — by famed German New Objectivity artist Otto Dix (1891-1969) on exhibit… Read More

Modern meets tradition – Pinakothek der Moderne takes over Herrenchiemsee Castle

Modern meets tradition – Pinakothek der Moderne takes over Herrenchiemsee Castle

July 8th, 2013 | Contemporary Art, Germany, Shows, USA

This summer, the north wing of Herrenchiemsee Castle, built by Bavaria’s famous “crazy king” Ludwig II, provides the glamorous setting for artworks from the Pinakothek der Moderne. For the first time on this site, modern meets tradition, Europe meets America. Exhibition spaces filled with major… Read More

Georg Baselitz unveils monumental three-figure sculpture in London

Georg Baselitz unveils monumental three-figure sculpture in London

June 19th, 2013 | Contemporary Art, Germany, Sculptures

This summer a monumental three-figure sculpture by Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, was installed in the John Madejski Garden. It has been created in response to Antonio Canova’s neoclassical sculpture The Three Graces (1814-1817) recently redisplayed at the V&A. Baselitz’s Untitled… Read More