Jeanne Mammen

Strolling down Ku’damm

Kurfürstendamm was the street that made Berlin a modern entertainment hub. Cafés, variety halls, cabarets, theatres, cinemas and shops sprouted here around 1900. In the ‘Golden Twenties’ the working and middle classes, artists and intellectuals, all came here for a good time. The celebrity Who is Who would be endless. Anyone who was anyone strolled down Ku’damm, and the young Jeanne Mammen was there too with her sharp eye and her sketch pad. She drew the residents of Berlin on their famous boulevard, in bars and in coffee houses like the legendary Café Reimann.

The watercolour shows a trendy urban couple sitting close together at a table with a coffee tray and a local white beer. Their boredom is cultivated. Behind them stands a typical Café Reimann coke-fired stove, and above them is a cropped fragment of the sign. Mammen’s many pictures of Kurfürstendamm pay homage to the original cradle of down-town Berlin.

Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) is one of the most complex and colourful figures in recent art history, a sharp observer who portrayed glamorous contemporaries, giddy night life and figures on the margins of society: distinctive icons of the “Golden Twenties”. After 1945 her work became abstract. The retrospective shows 170 works from a career lasting over 60 years.

We are please to invite you and your friends to the opening of the exhibition on October 5 at 7 pm.

Read more stories about Jeanne Mammen here.


Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts

Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin Germany

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Closed on 24.12. and 31.12.

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