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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.

Terrace Talks: Stiftung Buchkunst and the PalaisPopulaire launch an open-air reading series

Books are a sensory experience. And not only the text, but also the design, the feel, the paper, and the processing. Since 1966, Stiftung Buchkunst), based in Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig, has closely followed German book production. The foundation awards prizes each year for the 25 most beautiful books, in five categories, from literature and children’s books to scientific publications and art catalogues. Now book art is coming to Berlin. Three “Terrace Talks,” which will be held on the last Sunday of June, July, and August, combine readings and introductions to book design.

The collaboration kicks off with an event featuring author Daniel Boente, who will read from Karen Köhler’s novel “Miroloi” on June 27. The book received an award from the Stiftung Buchkunst in 2020. The two subsequent events in July and August will include readings from two freshly selected award-winning books, as well as talks with jurors and prize-winning designers. During the events, ShopPopulaire in the PalaisPopulaire invites visitors to browse around and immerse themselves in the theme of book design with a selection of the “Most Beautiful German Books.”

Photo: © SCHMOTT für Stiftung Buchkunst

New York Frieze Launched in New Format

Since the end of March 2020, everything has been put on hold due to the Corona crisis. Now Frieze, supported by Deutsche Bank as Global Lead Partner, is venturing a cautious return from May 5 to 9 with a new concept. From its previous, more remote location on Randall’s Island, the fair is moving to The Shed, in Manhattan. Slimmed down to 60 high-profile, mostly local galleries, the fair’s format is both digital and real, flanked by extensive digital offers. Among them are the Art:LIVE broadcast, initiated by Deutsche Bank and Frieze, which enables exclusive, digital encounters with artists, curators, collectors, and creatives. One highlight is sure to be a talk with performance artist Marina Abramović in her New York loft. As a virtual exhibition, Deutsche Bank is showing a digital version of Ways of Seeing Abstraction at the Frieze. The show, encompassing 168 abstract works by 47 artists from the bank’s corporate collection, can be experienced live at the PalaisPopulaire until early 2022. Read all about special exhibitions, talks, performances, and art awards in ArtMag.

Joseph Beuys – Early Works Deutsche Bank Collection

To commemorate the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986), the PalaisPopulaire is showing prints related to works from the 1950s. The beginnings of the Deutsche Bank Collection are closely tied to Joseph Beuys. During this period, the artist was in a lively exchange with the bank through personal contacts, exhibitions, and purchases. In the early works on display, the artist’s preoccupation with landscape, nature, and the human body is already clearly evident. The presentation in the Forum also recalls Beuys’ time as a teacher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1961 to 1978 with an edition featuring his student Blinky Palermo (1943–1977). Finally, a selection of multiples shown in cooperation with ShopPopulaire shows Beuys’ concern with the democratization of art.

Joseph Beuys, Elch, 1975

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Ways of Seeing Abstraction Karla Knight, Spaceship Note (The Fantastic Universe), 2020

Even when she was a child, the supernatural was omnipresent for Karla Knight. Her father wrote books on "extrasensory perception," investigating topics such as the occult and UFOs. But there is another family influence that has had an impact on the American artist's enigmatic images: she observed that her little son invented his own letters and words during his first attempts at writing. And so Karla Knight began to create a distinctive artistic cosmos, which in its consistency approaches "Outsider Art." She combines references to abstract modernism, Dadaists like Max Ernst, and the visionary designs of architect Buckminster Fuller with science fiction, pseudo-scientific diagrams, and imaginary scripts suggesting hieroglyphs from ancient Egypt. "It’s about living with the unknown." And this is perhaps the best way to grasp her work intuitively—asl into an archaic-futuristicallel universe.

Karla Knight, Spaceship Note (The Fantastic Universe), 2020 © Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

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July 16, 2018 Historical building, minimalist architecture

The architectural office Kuehn + Malvezzi has transformed the interior of the historic Prinzessinnenpalais on Unter den Linden boulevard into an innovative stage for contemporary culture. Behind the rococo facades of the building, reconstructed in the 1960s, the architects exposed the original concrete structure and created open rooms with a clear, minimalistic formal language and state-of-the-art technology. The PalaisPopulaire connects and excites art and music lovers as well as everyone interested in sports. Look forward to seeing you there!

July 16, 2018 Go-ahead for the PalaisPopulaire: Our employees are moving in

The opening is just a few weeks away. The renovation work is almost finished, preparations for the opening are in full swing, and the PalaisPopulaire team is currently moving into its offices on the top floor, right next to the 150-square-meter “Atelier.” The latter will be used for the educational program as well as workshops, readings, and concerts and affords a view of the Humboldt Forum. With the move out of the old exhibition venue in Deutsche Bank’s headquarters at Unter den Linden 13/15, after twenty years a new chapter begins at the Palais Populaire. Not only does the new venue offer much more room for contemporary art (a total of 150 square meters) and provide permanent space for presentation of the Deutsche Bank Collection. Additionally, the art here will be linked in entirely novel ways with culture and sports. With its program the PalaisPopulaire will soon bring together players from diverse disciplines and visitors from across the globe. Be a part of it!