Käthe Kollwitz museum

Käthe Kollwitz museum

It would be difficult to live in Prenzlauer for a month and not come across the name Käthe Kollwitz. There is a street and a platz, and a large statue of her in the berg ( flic.kr/p/ned3GC ).

Elsewhere an enlarged reproduction of her sculpture ‘Mother with her Dead Son’ is the centre piece (and only piece) in the Neue Wache ( flic.kr/p/ntfSgM ).

As an artist she is a firm favourite of my daughters so today we trekked across town to the Käthe Kollwitz museum. This is part art gallery with some great pieces including the original ‘Mother with her Dead Son’.

It is also part history museum, her son Peter died in the first world war and grandson Peter died in the second world war. Käthe’s anti-war stance and pro-socialist leanings eventually saw her banned from exhibiting in Germany so this space is one that is well worth a visit from artists and historians alike.

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Central atrium Berggruen Museum

Central atrium Berggruen Museum

Terrific day at Berggruen Museum and the associated gallery at Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg. Berggruen has the annex under renovation at the moment so the Paul Klee part of the exhibition is housed across the road at Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg. .
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This view is looking up into the Museum dome with a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti (http://bit.ly/1oAgz0l ).
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The museum has three floors of Picasso’s arranged in chronological order and a fabulous audio tour. ( http://bit.ly/1oAgz0o… ) ?

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United enemies.

United enemies

United Enemies, by the German artist Thomas Schütte in the gardens of the Berggruen Museum. (http://bit.ly/1iyj6aw…). These two sculptures have been shown in Central Park, New York and in the Kensington Gardens, London. They appear to show political enemies tied together, but rather than heroic seeming, they appear in pain or in confusion.

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