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A new format for the music series "Workshop.Dialogue.Music"

The chamber music series "Workshop.Dialogue.Music" in cooperation with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is implemented in a new format since May 14, 2023 - as a concert breakfast.

Matching the current exhibition, The Struggle of Memory, the WuWei Trio had invited to a concert with the title "Memories". Numerous guests were welcomed by a French breakfast before the musicians Martin Stegner (viola), Janne Saksala (double bass) and Wu Wei (sheng) presented a traditional norwegian bride march (Bruremarsj Fra Baiarn) and pieces of von Johann Sebastian Bach (Triosonate BWV 525), Gabriel Fauré (from: Trois mélodies op. 23 Nr. 1 Les Berceaux) and from WuWei / Nie Er (Dragon Dance). Afterwards, there was a guided tour of the exhibition The Struggle of Memory for the concert visitors.

"Workshop.Dialogue.Music" will take place again on December 3,2023; March 3, 2024 and June 2, 2024. Details on the program and advance ticket sales will follow on our website from fall 2023.

Berliner Philharmoniker, concert breakfast, Fotocredit: Frederike van der Stræten / Berliner Philharmoniker

Photo: Frederike van der Stræten / Berliner Philharmoniker

Atelier, Foto, Stipendium

Deutsche Bank launches new studio scholarship

As part of its commitment to contemporary art, Deutsche Bank is launching the new studio grant “MACHT KUNST! More Space for Creativity” in Germany. Fifty artists under the age of 35 will be supported with a grant of EUR 500 a month for one year.

Visual artists who meet the requirements for funding can find out about the conditions of participation and apply directly for the program on the website socialimpact.eu/atelier-stipendium; the deadline for applications is April 14, 2023. The call for applications and the selection of fellows will be carried out in collaboration with Social Impact, a non-profit agency for social innovation. The first 50 artists will be funded starting in the beginning of June 2023.

Was wäre wenn - IF Women Ruled the World!

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Admission: 6:30 pm | Start: 7:00 pm
Registration at palais.populaire@db.com

And how does it look in reality? Not only due to the pandemic of the past years it is obvious that politically, socially and also on the part of the economy a lot still has to be done to achieve equal opportunities for the genders. Buzzwords such as the gender pay gap, care work and the recurring discussion about quotas dominate the discourse. We would like to think about solutions from different perspectives and discuss the paths to a more diverse future with:

Teresa Bücker, journalist and author (including „Alle_Zeit. Eine Frage von Macht und Freiheit“)
Dr. Nina Gillmann, Founder & CEO of TWISE
Kristina Lunz, co-founder and co-executive director of the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP)

Moderation: Dr. Anna Herrhausen, Managing Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Society and Global Head of Art & Culture, Deutsche Bank

With the support of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

Teresa Bücker, © Paula Winkler / Dr. Nina Gillmann, © TWISE / Kristina Lunz, © Stephan Pramme

Photos: Teresa Bücker, © Paula Winkler / Dr. Nina Gillmann, © TWISE / Kristina Lunz, © Stephan Pramme

Isaac Julien, Eclipse (Playtime), 2013 © Isaac Julien, courtesy Sammlung Wemhöner

Isaac Julien, Eclipse (Playtime), 2013 © Isaac Julien, courtesy: Sammlung Wemhöner

Welcome 2023!

In early March, PalaisPopulaire will open the exhibition Isaac Julien: PLAYTIME - Works from the Wemhöner Collection. In a breathtaking cinematic montage, Isaac Julien's 2013 installation tells the story of the 2008 financial crisis.

The Struggle of Memory, a two-part exhibition with works from the Deutsche Bank Collection, opens its first part by April 18, 2023.  Curated by Kerryn Greenberg, the show explores how memories inscribe themselves into our bodies, relationships, our mind. The exhibition critically examines the culture of memory dominated by white, Western thought and its relationship to colonial history.

In a short summer intermezzo, the show Rudolf Zwirner on his 90th! honors the work of the visionary gallery owner, collector, and exhibition organizer Rudolf Zwirner.

The fall is all about Deutsche Bank's "Artist of the Year" 2023 - all eyes on La Chola Poblete. This is the 12th time that Deutsche Bank has presented this award, which is linked to a comprehensive exhibition of the Argentinian artist at the PalaisPopulaire.

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). 

Letizia Queen of Spain, Photo: Bernd Brundert

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

Bunny Rogers, Neopets Techo Statue, 2021; Courtesy the artist and Société, Berlin; Foto: 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).


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


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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.


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.

Stay up to date and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Lu Yang AotY 2022

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 

Kitty sculpture by Tom Sachs in front of the PalaisPopulaire


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.


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.