Time was limited, so I gave my attention entirely to the displays from the permanent collection rather than the temporary installation by Mariana Castillo Deball: Parergon, an examination of the lives and status of museum objects - interesting though that sounds. The permanent collection is currently represented principally by works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, William Kentridge, Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer, Dan Flavin and Joseph Beuys (the latter occupying a whole wing of the museum).
|Andy Warhol, Big Electric Chair, 1967|
|Cy Twombly, Empire of Flora, 1961|
|William Kentridge, still from Journey to the Moon, 2003|
|Dan Flavin, installation in Hamburger Bahnhof, 1996|
|Joseph Beuys, Unschlitt, 1977 (detail)|
From the Hamburger Bahnhof we walked to, and crossed, the Spree, past the new buildings for the Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) designed by Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes, past the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Tor, through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (designed by Peter Eisenman and Burro Happolt, past Michael Wilford's dramatic building for the British Embassy, and onto Unter der Linden.
On Unter der linden we visited the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle to see “…..Höhere Wesen befehlen”: Works on Paper from the Frider Burda Collection. This featured work by Willem de Kooning, Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch and Arnulf Rainer. In each case the artists were represented by a single 'exemplary' painting and a set of drawings. (Watch a video of the exhibition.)
|Gerhard Richter, 3.5.88, 1988|
|Arnulf Rainer, Profil oder Palletenwurm, 1977|
Also on Unter der Linden we dropped into the 'Neue Wache', the sublime neo-classical memorial to victims of war, by Karl Friedrich Schinkel: the interior is an austere, plain but beautiful space containing only Käthe Kollwitz's Mother with her Dead Son and lit by a central, circular opening in the ceiling.
Heading north, we visited a number of galleries on Auguststrasse, the most interesting of which was the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation which featured an exhibition of dramatic landscape photographs by Jörn Vanhöfen.
|Jörn Vanhöfen, Grande Dixence #413, 2013|
|Jörn Vanhöfen,Gotthard #45, 2014|
|Cerith Wyn Evans|
See Postcard 1, below.