Drawing the City

Paper-based works from 1945 to the Present
14.8.20 – 4.1.21

Werner Heldt, Trümmer, 1947, Tuschfeder und Tuschpinsel auf Velinpapier, 28 x 34,9 cm, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: Kai-Annett Becker
Werner Heldt, Trümmer, 1947, Tuschfeder und Tuschpinsel auf Velinpapier, 28 x 34,9 cm, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: Kai-Annett Becker

A fascination with the modern city experienced by artists from all over the world has always been a vibrant, finger-on-pulse theme in the art produced in Berlin since 1945. This exhibition of paper-based works is an invitation to explore both the charged history of Berlin and its portrayal by graphic means. The Berlinische Galerie’s Collection of Prints and Drawings has grown considerably in recent years thanks to purchases and donations, and the city motif is extremely well represented. Beginning with still lifes of buildings by Werner Heldt, visitors will witness the rubble left by the war, stroll through urban habitats on both sides of the Wall from the 1970s to the 1990s, discover subjective topographies in contemporary art and meet a cast list that throws together the individual, the mass and the media persona. Includes input from other sites of urban experience.

Press images

Chapter 1: Dream in Ruins

Chapter 2: Urban Biotopes

Chapter 3: Subjective Topography

Chapter 4: Architecture - Structure

Chapter 5: Nature under Observation

Chapter 6: City Population

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