• From Hockney to Holbein in Berlin

    by  • September 10, 2015 • Art, Berlin, City Breaks, Exhibitions

    A new exhibition opens in the German capital.

    Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau has undoubtedly been busy preparing for it’s grand unveiling of its latest exhibition. ‘From Hockney to Holbein. The Würth Collection in Berlin’ showcases a selection of over 400 works from one of the largest private art collections in Europe, containing in total just shy of 17,000 masterpieces originating from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

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    Martin-Gropius-Bau. Philip Bird LRPS CPAGB / Shutterstock.com

    Presenting the classics alongside the contemporary where paintings are complemented by sculptures, this exhibition offers a fantastic insight into the history of art with a plethora of artistic variation and a wealth of big names to boot. You’ll get to see sculptures by the likes of Eduardo Chillida, Henry Moore and Anthony Caro, objets d’art, as well as a selection of works from its portfolio of Old Masters including Hans Holbein the Younger.

    Classic modernism is also well represented by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch, set alongside David Hockney’s Four Season Cycle, as is the surrealist genre and, in particular, Max Ernst, one of the more prominent figures to have contributed to the Würth Collection. Other well-known names to be exhibited include Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miró, Roy Lichtenstein and Ernst Ludvig Kirchner.

    The exhibition opened Friday 11th September and runs through to January 10th, 2016. The Martin-Gropius-Bau is open daily except Tuesdays from 10am until 7pm and tickets cost 11€, with free entrance for those under 16 years of age.

    And whilst you’re there, why not take in a second exhibition devoted to Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian, regarded as one of the founders of abstract painting and renowned in particular for his use of rectangles and black lines in his oeuvre. With 50 paintings and drawings on show, ‘Piet Mondrian. The Line’ runs until the 6th of December and is the first exhibition dedicated to Mondrian to be shown in Berlin since 1968.

    The perfect complement to a Berlin city break.


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