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Preview 2022

Exhibitions, new locations, reopenings

Important personalities, eventful history or groundbreaking photography, fascinating art and science from different eras - the new year holds numerous special exhibitions worth seeing. A number of museum relocations, reopenings and new openings are also to be expected. You can read about what we're particularly looking forward to here. And if this foretaste whets your appetite for more exhibitions, the special exhibitions filter already shows most of the annual program of all Berlin museums.

Andreas Siekmann, Ohne Titel, aus „Die Exklusive. Zur Politik des ausgeschlossenen Vierten (Container)“, Detail, 2002-2011, Computerzeichnung, Direktdruck auf Papier
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Courtesy Andreas Siekmann und Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Hell's Black and Starlight | Dante's Divine Comedy in Modern and Contemporary Art


12. february to 8 may 2022
On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death, the exhibition is dedicated to different forms of artistic engagement with the rich imagery of the "Divine Comedy". The selection of works ranges from the early 19th century to the present day. In addition to recent acquisitions by Andreas Siekmann, Ebba Holm, and Klaus Wrage, rarely shown Dante works by Sandro Botticelli, Bertel Thorwaldsen, Odilon Redon, Arnold Böcklin, and Wilhelm Lehmbruck are on view.

Alanis Obomsawin rests on a rock beside the Lake of Two Mountains, Kanehsata:ke, 1990
John Kenney
Alanis Obomsawin auf einem Fels am Lake of Two Mountains, Kanehsata:ke, 1990

Alanis Obomsawin | The Children Have to Hear Another Story

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

12 february to 18 april 2022
Alanis Obomsawin's films provide insight into the lives and political concerns of indigenous communities. Her work fundamentally questions the world system determined by colonialism. The exhibition is intended as a contribution to the current European discourse on the history of representation. With a selection of films, prints and music, Obomsawin's life's work as a documentary filmmaker, storyteller and listener is reflected.

Hannah Höch Der Zaun 1928 Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur Foto: Kai-Annett Becker/Berlinische Galerie © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Foto: Kai-Annett Becker/Berlinische Galerie © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Eine gelbe und eine blaue Figur sitzen einander zugewandt in der Mitte des Gemäldes auf einer Art Plattform, darum abstrakte Formen, Tiere, im Hintergrund ein Zaun und ein Baum.

Hannah Höch | Millions of views


16 february to 15 may 2022
Hannah Höch went down in history as a Dada icon. She is best known for her photo collages, which critically examine politics and society. But her work also reflects the autonomous artistic statement of an unusual personality. With over 120 works from all creative areas and periods, some of them rarely or never before shown, this exhibition illuminates the entire spectrum of an oeuvre that is as diverse as it is contradictory.

Lotte Laserstein, Dame mit roter Baskenmütze, um 1931, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Foto: Anja Elisabeth Witte
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Foto: Anja Elisabeth Witte
Dame in rotem Kostüm mit roter Baskenmütze, sitzend nach links.

Fashion pictures - Art dresses

Berlinische Galerie

18 februar to 30 may 2022
The Berlinische Galerie, in whose collection fashion is surprisingly present, illuminates the relationship of artists to fashion and thus offers a new view of its own collections. In addition to a large number of fashion photographs from across the 20th century, paintings and drawings also reflect fashion as a means of expression and representation of a time: from the reform dress of around 1900 to the Dada dandies of the 1920s to avant-garde clothing designs in today's art.

Aref El Rayess, Untitled, 1977–78
Courtesy: Saradar Collection Aref El Rayess Foundation
Gemälde mit fantastischen Tieren, roter Wolf links, oben ein Vogel, Kakteen und Soldaten.

Beirut and the Golden Sixties

Gropius Bau

25 march to 12 june 2022
With 230 works by 34 artists and over 300 archival documents from nearly 40 collections, the Gropius Bau brings to life a dazzling and moving chapter in Beirut's modern history: the period between the Lebanon Crisis in 1958 and the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975. The exhibition traces the complicated tension between artistic cosmopolitanism and Beirut's pervasive transregional and political antagonisms.

Rosalind Nashashibi (1973-) und Lucy Skaer (1975-), Why are you angry?, Detail, 2017, Video-Still
© Courtesy of Nashashibi/Skaer and Grimm Gallery
Film-Still: Frauen in bunten Tüchern mit Blüten im Haar sitzen und stehen vor einer blauen Hausfassade.

Paul Gauguin - Why Are You Angry?

Alte Nationalgalerie

25 march to 10 july 2022
Paul Gauguin is one of the most influential pioneers of artistic modernism, whose best-known paintings were created on the South Sea island of Tahiti between 1891 and 1901. The exhibition examines Gauguin's works, influenced by Western, colonial notions of "exoticism" and "eroticism," against the backdrop of current discourses and confronts his works with positions of contemporary artists.

Blick auf das Terrassenrestaurant „Minsk“, 1980 © Wohnungsbaukombinat, Foto: Heidemarie Milkert
© Wohnungsbaukombinat, Foto: Heidemarie Milkert
Blick auf das Terrassenrestaurant „Minsk“, 1980 © Wohnungsbaukombinat, Foto: Heidemarie Milkert


New opening in spring 2022

An exhibition house for modern art is being created from a former GDR terrace restaurant on the Brauhausberg in Potsdam. Here, GDR art from the Hasso Plattner Collection will be shown in a new context. Exhibition space totaling 900 square meters is being created on the two main floors. On the upper floor, a café with an outdoor terrace is planned as a new meeting place that will hark back to the old days. The formerly extremely popular restaurant "Minsk" was opened in 1977. Built in modernist GDR style, it was intended to reaffirm the friendship between the GDR and its Big Brother, the Soviet Union, not least through the collaboration of artists from both countries.

Richard Wagner and the Nationalization of Feeling

Deutsches Historisches Museum

8 april to 11 september 2022
Richard Wagner left his mark on the 19th century in very different ways - as a powerful composer, but also as a revolutionary, an exile, and a controversial anti-Semite. He was a witness to political upheavals and currents, and he took up and shaped the social and emotional sensitivities of his time. The exhibition deals with Wagner's stagings of concrete feelings. His ideas of musical drama as a holistic work of art always implied criticism of modernity. They corresponded to the claim to change society in its entirety - this can also be found in a different form in Karl Marx, to whom the DHM is dedicating a parallel special exhibition from 10 february to 21 august 2022.

"We dreamed of nothing but enlightenment" | Moses Mendelssohn in his time

Jewish Museum Berlin

14 april to 11 september 2022
Moses Mendelssohn, already a European celebrity during his lifetime, is still a central figure of German Judaism today. The exhibition presents the Enlightenment as a laboratory of change, during which human rights, freedom of opinion and the diversity of individual lifestyles were formulated and demanded. With his ideas on the emancipation of Jews, minority rights and the relationship between state and religion, Mendelssohn opened the way to modernity - and continues to provoke questions about Jewish identity today.

Samurai Museum Berlin

New name, new location

Beginning 8 may 2022
The Samurai Museum Berlin, formerly the Samurai Art Museum, is moving from Dahlem to its new central location on Auguststraße in Berlin-Mitte. The presentation of the extensive Janssen Collection brings the history of the samurai to life using original historical objects and immersive VR technology. In the future, the old museum location will house a research center on the history of the samurai.

Schliemann's Worlds

James-Simon-Galerie and Neues Museum

13 may to 6 november 2022
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte is dedicating a major special exhibition to the best-known German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890). With around 700 objects - including many international loans - the "unknown" Schliemann (before he turned to archaeology) is the focus of an exhibition for the first time, in addition to spectacular excavation finds. The show critically examines the archaeological methods of his time on the basis of current research findings.

© SPSG / Detlef Presberger
Der Theaterbau am Schloss Charlottenburg, gelbe Fassade.

Käthe Kollwitz Museum

Relocation to the theater building at Charlottenburg Palace

In the summer, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum moves into the three-story Early Classicist theater building at Charlottenburg Palace and blends harmoniously into the Museumsquartier Charlottenburg. The move doubles the exhibition space of the previous rooms in Fasanenstraße and the museum finally becomes barrier-free. Until March 20, the current special exhibition can still be seen at the old location.

Humboldt Forum Südfassade
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel
South Facade

Humboldt Forum

Opening of the east wing

The last part of the Humboldt Forum, the east wing, opens in the first half of the year. The Museum of Asian Art and the Ethnological Museum, the largest players with a total of 14,000 square meters of used space, will move into the second and third floors. From June 17 to October 31, 2022, they will host the Australian exhibition "Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters," dedicated to indigenous creation narratives. An innovative multimedia exhibition design, combined with contemporary art and performance, will bring the knowledge of indigenous Australians, handed down over millennia, to an international audience.

Exhibit of Tyrannosaurus Rex Tristan Otto at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
@Museum für Naturkunde Berlin/ Foto: Carola Radke
Exhibit of Tyrannosaurus Rex Tristan Otto at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

T-Rex Tristan

Return to the Museum für Naturkunde

In December 2015, Tristan Otto was the first original T-Rex skeleton to arrive in Europe and at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Since then, the dinosaur superstar has thrilled the public. In early 2020, it was time for the Berliners to say goodbye - at least for a while. As part of a cooperation, Tristan Otto was on display from June 2020 to December 2021 in the special exhibition "King of Dinosaurs" at the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen. In 2022, the public favorite will return, the exact date is yet to be announced.

Sibylle Bergemann: Birgit, Berlin, 1984
© Estate Sibylle Bergemann/OSTKREUZ. Courtesy Loock Galerie, Berlin
Eine Frau in Kleid und Mantel auf einer weitläufigen Autostraße unter Straßenlaternen. Aufnahme bei Tag.

Sibylle Bergemann | Stadt Land Hund Fotografien 1966-2010

Berlinische Galerie

24 june to 10 october 2022
Sibylle Bergemann (1941-2010) is one of the most famous German photographers. Over more than four decades, the Berlin-based artist created an extraordinary oeuvre of fashion and portrait photographs and literary reportages. Initially active in the GDR, she co-founded the OSTKREUZ - Agency of Photographers after the fall of the Wall. The exhibition shows over 200 photographs from the museum's collection and the photographer's estate. For the first time, selected motifs from her early work will be exhibited.

Louise Bourgeois, The Good Mother (detail), 2003 Stoff, Faden, rostfreier Stahl, Holz und Glas, 109,2x 45,7 x 38,1cm The Easton Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 Foto: Christopher Burke
The Easton Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 Foto: Christopher Burke
Eine Puppe aus rosa Strick mit bandagiertem Kopf.

Louise Bourgeois | The Woven Child

Gropius Bau

22 july to 23 october 2022
"The Woven Child" is the first major exhibition of the textile work of Louise Bourgeois. Through a variety of sculptures, installations, drawings, collages, books, and prints, it reveals the artist's lifelong connection to textiles - and the memories they evoked.

Donatello | Founder of the Renaissance


2 september 2022 to 8 january 2023
After almost forty years and for the first time in Germany, a major special exhibition is dedicated to the exceptional Florentine sculptor Donatello (c. 1386 - 1466). In addition to the complexity of his work, the focus of the Gemäldegalerie is above all Donatello's influence on the development of Renaissance art as a whole, not least on painting.

Photobooth. Man in make-up wearing a woman’s ring, United States, ca. 1920, gelatin silver print with colour retouching. Collection Sébastien Lifshitz
Collection Sébastien Lifshitz
Fotoportrait eines jungen Mannes mit nachträglich kolorierten Lippen in Rot.

Queerness in Photography

C/O Berlin

17 september 2022 to 21 january 2023
Three complementary exhibition sections present the representation of identity, gender, and sexual orientation within photography: On display is the collection assembled by screenwriter Sébastien Lifshitz, which provides insight into the tradition of cross-dressing between 1880 and the end of the 20th century. Complementing this are archival materials of the artist Cindy Sherman, who staged herself as a homosexual drag queen. The third part of the exhibition is dedicated to the gender-nonconformist film "Orlando," whose leading actress Tilda Swinton has curated a selection of contemporary positions for the C/O.

© Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Cornelius M. Braun
Blick von unten auf die gewölbte Zierfassade des Ephraim-Palais. Blauer Himmel.

Museum Ephraim-Palais

Reopening in october 2022

At the end of 2019, the baroque Ephraim-Palais had to close for extensive renovation work. The reopening is planned for October with the exhibition "Paul van Ostaijen meets Berlin - Berliners meet Paul van Ostaijen". It presents the Flemish artist, who played an important role in the Berlin avant-garde, and sheds light on facets of the "wild" 1920s that have received less attention to date.

Bird’s-Eye View – Worm’s-Eye View | Photography for Children

Museum für Fotografie

9 october 2022 to 19 february 2023
For the first time, the Museum of Photography is opening its doors explicitly to children: around 160 works illustrate the uses, designs and forms of expression of photography from its beginnings to the present day. Ten associative chapters offer a colorful array of images and stories. They touch on themes of finding, collecting, and telling, of reading, of discoveries in everyday life, and of natural phenomena in the city and the countryside.

Victor Brauner, Der Surrealist, 1947, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venedig
© Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York/ VG-Bildkunst, Bonn, 2021
Person in historischem Kostüm mit großem braunem Hut an einem blauen Tisch, der Katze und Fisch zugleich ist. Auf dem Tisch oder Fischkörper liegen Schwert, Kelch und Münzen. Im Vordergrund ein Teich.

Surrealism and Magic | Enchanted modernity

Museum Barberini

22 october 2022 to 29 january 2023
The exhibition is the first comprehensive show of works that focuses on the Surrealists' interest in magic and myth. Over 90 works are presented, including important key works by Victor Brauner, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, René Magritte, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy and Dorothea Tanning.

Mona Hatoum in ihrem Studio, 2018.
Gabby Laurent
Mona Hatoum in ihrem Studio, 2018.

Mona Hatoum

Georg Kolbe Museum, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, n.b.k.

8 september 2022 to 8 january 2023
In her sculptures, installations, video works, performances, and works on paper, Mona Hatoums makes the fragility of human existence tangible. Hatoum's intense preoccupation with migration, exile, and state control is inextricably intertwined with her biography. In her recent works, Hatoum explores precarious conditions in a globalized world. The elemental forms of her expansive installations suggest stability, yet carry the potential for sudden collapse. Her works will be on view at three venues.

Blick ins Schaudepot des Museums. Diverse Glasbehälter mit Organen, im Vordergrund ein Modell der Muskulatur des Menschen.

Charité Museum of Medical History Berlin

Reopening at the end of 2022

Since 2020, the Museum of Medical History has been undergoing renovation and expansion on all seven floors: A new extended entrance area with store and multifunctional room is being created, the exhibition floors are being climatically upgraded, and adjoining rooms are being converted into depot and project work areas for exhibition planning. At the end of the year, it will once again be possible to trace the medical history of the past three centuries in a refreshed setting.


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