Bode Museum - Berlin

In my opinion, The Bode Museum is the unsung hero of Berlin's Museum Island. Presenting European sculptural masterpieces from the early middle ages to the late 18th century, this neo-baroque building houses Italian Romanesque works, southern Germanic gothic pieces and sculptures spanning 12 centuries from Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire.

Hidden in Room 132 is the wonderful “The Fall of the Rebel Angels”. The intricately sculpted house altar is easy to overlook; carved from a single piece of elephant tusk encased in a richly ornamented gilded frame, it depicts religious scenes of a miniscule ivory St. Michael and his angels casting out Satan into the jaws of hell.

Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin | Tues-Sun 10:00-18:00 | Thurs 10:00-20:00 | Hackesher Market (U1, U6) Friedrichstraße (U1, U7) | www.smb.museum


Werkbundarkiv – Museum der Dinge - Berlin

Housing artefacts from the 20th and 21st century, the “Museum of Things” is hidden on the fourth floor of a former factory building in Kreuzberg. Documenting the journey of the Werkbund, one of the utopian cultural movements of the early 20th century, it was set up to promote modern design and self-expression in the production of industrial objects. Focusing on western obsessions with material culture and commodity, Museum der Dinge displays a wonderful combination of purist and functional objects to tasteless and sentimentally pleasing kitschy products. 

If things are your thing, you can support the museum by Adopting a Thing. Choose an object from the collection at www.museumderdinge.de/pflegschaften to make a donation and further extend your fetishisation of objects.

Werkbundarkiv – Museum der Dinge | Fri-Mon12:00-19:00 | Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin | 
Kotbusser Tor (U1, U8) | www.museumderdinge.de


ME Collectors Room, Berlin

Wonderful – Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke
29th November 2012 -28th April 2013
ME Collectors Room, Berlin

The precious and bizarre objects in the permanent displays of ME Collectors room offer contemplation on the subjects of love, life and death. The collection presents a cabinet of curiosities: uniting antiquities from the early 16th century with Memento Mori objects which playfully question mortality and purpose. These existential themes are reflected in a variety of recent contemporary art pieces that make up the Wonderful temporary exhibition. Wonderful – Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke is a testament to the young artists of today who deal with gothic and morbid themes in their artwork and the juxtaposition of old and new captivates the imagination.The abundance of sculpture, painting and installation works that make up this exhibition is astounding; the multiplicity of artworks seems to endlessly cease. 

Amongst them is Kate MccGwuire’s Quell, 2011. A fascinating object, this ambiguous feathered form feels like a Victorian historical specimen. Behind the glass, it is to be only admired with our eyes, teasing the senses. George Condo’s “Jesus” (2007) is a particular highlight - a light-hearted depiction of familiar religious iconography. The trio of paintings parodies the recognizable image of Christ nailed to the cross. With each caricature comes an uncanny facial expression, as if painted by a child unable to capture the true feelings of the martyr. The contorted features remove from the solemnity of Jesus’ sacrifice - the satirical triptych is simply darkly comical.

 Auguststraße 68, 10117 Mitte |  Tues–Sun 12:00 – 18:00 | Weinmeisterstraße (U8) Oranienburger Tor (U6) | 


John Stezaker - Captain Petzel Gallery - Berlin

John Stezaker
27th June – 31st August 2013
Captain Petzel Gallery, Berlin

John Stezaker at Captain Petzel was a gem and a half. If you ever want research collage as a medium, look no further - his works are the visual definition of the word. Stezaker is the king of the cut and paste; he fuses the most unlikely images together perfectly and he continues to push the limits of the material image.

Presenting three new films, shown for the first time in Berlin  “Cathedral” (2013), “Crowd” (2013) and “Horse” (2012)  he is finding new ways to address the image in terms of digital dematerialization. Where his paper collages highlight the uniqueness of the image and its materiality, these moving collages emphasise the multiplicity of images - acting as a digital archive for his ever-increasing collection of mass produced images

John Stezaker, Horse (2013)

John Stezaker at Captain Petzel Gallery

Captain Petzel | Karl-Marx-Allee 45, 10178 Berlin | Schillingstraße (U5) | www.captainpetzel.de


Black Crab - Bernard Meadows

Black Crab, Bernard Meadows, 1951-52 

Frantic movements across floors of silent seas
playfulness stripped from the untroubled waters of childhood
The defiance of ragged claws
scuttle across patient sands
Black Crab danced the geometry of fear
the pattern in the wake of his skeletal hulk