Cultural Calendar – Lets Be Artsy This June

Photo: bpk / Roman März. © 2015 Pechstein Hamburg/Tökendorf

The BIG exhibition opening.

The Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin has big ambitions for their summer exhibition, boasting that Impressionism – Expressionism will be “ground-breaking”. With over 170 pieces, it will trace the similarities and differences between two of the most important and popular art movements of the 19th- and 20th- centuries. Featuring works by pioneering artists – including the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Max Kirchner – this exhibition has set itself up to be an unmissable event.

‘Impressionism – Expressionism’ is on at the Alte National Gallerie Berlin from 22 June to 20 September. Tickets: €12/6€.

Much to ado about Shakespeare

Need more Shakespeare in your life? Then he British theatre company, Forced Entertainment, has your the antidote. As part of the Berlin Festspiele’s Foreign Affairs Festival, Forced Entertainment will perform all 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. If that sounds like a marathon, the company has also set themselves a unique challenge: one performer, a one -metre square table and only 40 minutes per play.

‘Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare’ is on at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Kassenhalle from 25 June to 4 July. Tickets: €10€/8€  for one partplay, €15€/12€ for two partsplays, €25€/20€ for three partsplays.

©Forschungslabor Neurorobotik an der Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin


The German/British artist collective Gob Squad, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at the Humboldt University are joining forces to produce an opera with a twist. Instead of a living, breathing and singing person, a robot will be taking the centre stage will be a robot. Myon might be an unfeeling, electronic invention, but the creators behind My Square Lady believe that it will be a “power plant of emotion”. The opera will follow Myon’s journey through each department of the Komische Oper Berlin, and will askpose some thought-provoking questions as Myon learns what it means to feel human emotions.

‘My Square Lady’ premieres at the Komische Oper Berlin on 21 June, with further performances on 25 June and 5 July. Tickets: €12-85€.

Colour indulgence

If you want to be mesmerised by colour, then don’t miss the final weeks of German artist Katharina Grosse’s exhibition The Smoking Kid. This is the first exhibition to be hosted at the König Galerie’s new gallery space at the St. Agnes Kirche. Grosse’s works take advantage of the old church building’s high ceilings and wealth of light with her shimmering large canvases. It is tempting to stand back and look only at the bigger picture, but taking a step closer is a rewarding experience too. Grosse paints with sumptuous detail, whose the
beauty of which spoils those that take the time to look.

‘The Smoking Kid’ runs at the König Galerie, St Agnes until 22 June. Entry is free. 

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