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Pre-Christmas season at the PalaisPopulaire

The year is coming to an end, time for slowing down, small pleasures, art, inspiration - our current exhibitions are still open until February, on the terrace of the Palais a small stand invites you to punch, mulled wine along with waffles and chestnut soup from Thursdays to Sundays.

As every year, the virtual Advent calendar on our Instagram channel accompanies you through the pre-Christmas period with a competition: on four days you have the chance to win great prizes related to the program from the PalaisPopulaire. What do you have to do for it? Subscribe to our Instagram channel, like the respective competition post and answer the quiz question correctly. You can find information about the conditions of participation here.

And there's something else close to our hearts: take part in the fundraising campaign for Be an Angel, a humanitarian initiative that helps refugees. Among other things, Be an Angel organizes transports from the border regions of Ukraine or medical transports. You can donate directly via the website of Be an Angel [link: https://be-an-angel.org/ukraine/] or at the Palais on site. For this the team of the PalaisPopulaire has a special action: from a donation of 10 € you can take upcycled bags from old exhibition banners!

 We wish you a reflective pre-Christmas season!

Queen Letizia of Spain and Elke Büdenbender visit Deutsche Bank’s PalaisPopulaire in Berlin

On October 18, 2022, Queen Letizia of Spain and Elke Büdenbender visited the art exhibition “ESCRIBIR TODOS SUS NOMBRES (To Write Down All Their Names). Spanish female artists from 1960 until today”. In Deutsche Bank’s cultural forum, they were welcomed by Karl von Rohr, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Bank AG, and invited guests.  Lola Hinojosa Martínez, the curator of the exhibition and Head of Performing Arts and Intermedia Collection at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, guided the Queen of Spain and Elke Güdenbender through the exhibition afterward.

All the works selected for the show come from the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Cáceres) of Helga de Alvear, one of Spain’s leading gallerists and art collectors. The exhibition is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Berlin and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID). 

Photo: Bernd Brundert

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker are guests at the PalaisPopulaire

Workshop. Dialogue. Music.

On September 28 at 8 pm, a very special concert in our series "Workshop. Dialogue. Music" awaits you: thematically, the concert anticipates our exhibition "ESCRIBIR TODOS SUS NOMBRES", which opens on October 5 and presents Spanish contemporary women artists from the collection of probably the most important gallery owner and collector in Spain, Helga de Alvear.

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Bunny Rogers "Techo Statue (turquoise)"

As part of Berlin Art Week 2022, Bunny Rogers' sculpture Techo Statue (turquoise) will be inaugurated on September 14. Her bronze-cast was created from Rogers' early designs and ties in to a sense of community and the utopian idea of building new worlds.

Bunny Rogers, born in Houston in 1990, was socialized with the Internet. She grew up in the late 1990s with online communities such as AOL Kids and Second Life, and on the platform Neopets she designed digital figures for the virtual planet Neopia.

Bunny Rogers, Techo Statue, 2021
Boros Collection
Guss/Cast H. Noack, Berlin
Courtesy the artist, Société, Berlin and Thaddaeus Ropac, London/Paris/Salzburg/Seoul; Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

In Urban Space: Opera Opera

With Opera Opera. Allegro ma non troppo, the PalaisPopulaire is showing a wide-ranging selection of significant works from the MAXXI collection that approach opera as a Gesamtkunstwerk. Performative works, sound and video works, immersive spaces, and even a miniature theater are presented from the perspective of contemporary art.

With four thematic sections, the presentation fills the entire building and also opens the art to the outdoor space, where three artworks are installed. Right next to the Staatsoper, on green Bebelplatz, the city becomes a stage on which the artworks enter into a relationship with public space, everyday life, architecture, and people.

Susan Philipsz’s voice “welcomes” passers-by sensually and emotionally to Unter den Linden. In a captivating a cappella version, the artist sang the famous song Wild Is the Wind, which was also interpreted by David Bowie. Marinella Senatore’s installation references a theater backdrop and the viewers are “embraced” by colored lights in the evening hours—an alliances des corps, a togetherness that is more important today than ever before. A mystical encounter is made possible by Justin Bennett's Oracle 2.0, an oracle that predicts prophecies, both ancient and contemporary, and opens up a new reading of reality to the right person at the right time, allegro ma non troppo (cheerful but not too cheerful).

#StandWithUkraine

At the beginning of March, Berlin art institutions launched a joint fundraising campaign under the name “Our Space to Help” for people fleeing Ukraine. As part of the campaign at the Neue Nationalgalerie, the alliance collected 250,000 euros for the Be an Angel e.V. initiative.For years, Be an Angel has been committed to the sustainable integration of people with a history of flight. In the current situation, the association organizes, among other things, transports from the border regions of Ukraine or accommodations for refugees throughout Germany. Support this initiative with us. Donate at the PalaisPopulaire or directly via the Be an Angel website. SPENDEN – Be an Angel e.V.

#StandWithUkraine #BeAngel

Our Space to Help

Berlin art institutions are calling for a joint fundraising campaign that have started on March 5/6th at the Neue Nationalgalerie – for people fleeing Ukraine and arriving in our city.

The alliance is collecting monetary donations in cooperating with Be an Angel e.V., who are committed to the sustainable integration of people with a refugee history.

The glass pavilion of the Neue Nationalgalerie hosted from Saturday 5 March 22, 10 am to Sunday 6 March 22, midnight an open mic with numerous contributions from artists, actors and musicians.

Our Space to Help” is supported by a network of art institutions and their representatives in Berlin: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Gallery Weekend Berlin, Akademie der Künste, Berlinische Galerie, Brücke Museum, C/O Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, Ifa Gallery, Kolbe Museum, Kunstbibliothek, Kunsthaus Dahlem, Kupferstichkabinett, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Gropius Bau, n. b.k., Palais Populaire, Schinkel Pavillon, Stiftung St. Matthäus, Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as Alte Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

Be an Angel e.V.

https://beanangel.direct

Donation code: #kunst4ukraine
Account 014 522 59 00 Sort code 100 708 48 (Deutsche Bank)
IBAN DE37100708480145225900 BIC DEUTDEDB110

Deutsche Bank Collection Live – Meet the Artist

"Deutsche Bank Collection Live – Meet the Artist" is a talk series by Deutsche Bank in which international artists talk about their work and artworks in the corporate collection. Find live talks with artists such as Erin O'Keefe, Conny Maier and Kapwani Kiwanga for a lively and immediate access to contemporary art, its themes, and its discourses.

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Anime, Animation, Avatars

Congratulations to Lu Yang, Deutsche Bank's “Artist of the Year” 2022.

Lu Yang is one of the most influential Chinese multimedia artist. For him, it is no contradiction to combine myths, ancient traditions and spiritual thinking with the latest technology and science. Lu Yang creates gender-neutral avatars that experience different worlds and states. In doing so, he interrogates the concept of reality, which is radically changed by virtualization, since in his view the digital world represents a separate, equal reality.

As the “Artist of the Year,” he will be showing his first major solo exhibition in Germany at the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin in the fall of 2022. As of December 4, 2021, works by Lu Yang will be on view in a large solo show at AroS, Aarhus.

More about Lu Yang in ArtMag by Deutsche Bank.

"Kitty Fountain" by Tom Sachs

As part of Berlin Art Week, PalaisPopulaire will inaugurate a new temporary outdoor sculpture on its forecourt on September 15, 2021. Tom Sachs’ three-meter-high Kitty Fountain, cast in bronze, was created in 2008 and was originally part of the monumental sculpture ensemble The Codependent Fountain Tableau. This group of fountain sculptures was installed in the Noguchi Gardens of New York’s Lever House in 2008 and shown in the same year in an exhibition on Place du Trocadéro overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
For the ensemble, Sachs brought together the iconic children’s characters “Hello Kitty” and “My Melody,” both launched by the Japanese company Sanrio in 1974, with “Miffy,” a small rabbit designed by Dutch author and graphic designer Dick Bruna in 1955. All three characters are mass marketed as merchandising products and are characterized by strong graphic stylization, running counter to the idea of a detailed, classical sculpture.  Kitty Fountain “was invented purely as a merchandising and licensed character,” Sachs said in 2008. “To then redo that in a ‘fine’ material like bronze, I think is really to the point.”

Copyright: © Tom Sachs, Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul 

Berlin Art Week 2021

Berlin Art Week is ten years old—a reason to look forward to the fall. The event will take place from September 15 – 19. A variety of players from the contemporary art scene will present new exhibitions, artist talks, and workshops throughout Berlin. A new feature this year: Gallery Weekend *Discoveries will take place in parallel. The participating galleries will focus on young and unknown artists. The PalaisPopulaire is part of it. It will open its new “Artists of the Year” exhibition, showcasing three artists who deal with human condition and call for radical rethinking.

Abstract art in public spaces – Claudia Wieser’s debut in New York

Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser’s public art debut with the installation Rehearsal was unveiled on July 29. Featuring five distinct large-scale sculptures clad with hand-painted glazed tiles, panels featuring photographs of New York City and Roman and Greek antiquities, and mirror polished stainless steel, Rehearsal creates an immersive experience for park goers to explore. The cluster of sculptures is located close to the iconic Washington Street, where the Manhattan Bridge frames the Empire State Building. Juxtaposed with the surrounding architecture and natural landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Rehearsal highlights the dynamism of the city and its people.

The artist designed a three-part installation for the rotunda of the PalaisPopulaire this year as well. In the Round consists of two sculptures, a mirror relief, and a photo collage and marks the beginning of a tour through the exhibition Ways of Seeing Abstraction. Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection.

MUSEUM SUNDAY in Berlin

Starting July 4, some 60 Berlin museums invite you to visit them free of charge on the first Sunday of every month and offer a diverse program. The PalaisPopulaire is also taking part. Museum Sunday is an initiative of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe in cooperation with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and the State Association of the Museums of Berlin. Thanks to the initiative, all Berliners can visit the museums in their city. The aim is to strengthen cultural participation and open up cultural institutions to all of society.

For more information on the participating museums and the programs, visit www.museumssonntag.berlin.

New tactile model in front of the PalaisPopulaire

On June 21, 2021, a new tactile model was installed in front of the PalaisPopulaire. It enables visitors to experience the historic area around Unter den Linden 5 (the address of PalaisPopulaire) by means of a bronze model. The tactile model offers blind and visually impaired people, as well as sighted guests, the possibility to explore the most important historical buildings in the vicinity of the PalaisPopulaire. The model, created by the artist Egbert Broerken, geographically complements the bronze model on Berlin’s Museum Island. It extends from the Spree River to Charlottenstrasse on the east-west axis, and from Dorotheenstrasse to Hinter der Katholischen Kirche in a north-south orientation. In addition to the PalaisPopulaire, the tactile model contains the outlines of famous buildings, including the State Opera, Humboldt University, and the Neue Wache. In addition, the most important buildings and streets are described in print and Braille.