Joseph Beuys – Early Works
Deutsche Bank Collection

To commemorate the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986), the PalaisPopulaire is showing prints related to works from the 1950s. The beginnings of the Deutsche Bank Collection are closely tied to Joseph Beuys. During this period, the artist was in a lively exchange with the bank through personal contacts, exhibitions, and purchases. In the early works on display, the artist’s preoccupation with landscape, nature, and the human body is already clearly evident. The presentation in the Forum also recalls Beuys’ time as a teacher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1961 to 1978 with an edition featuring his student Blinky Palermo (1943–1977). Finally, a selection of multiples shown in cooperation with ShopPopulaire shows Beuys’ concern with the democratization of art.

Joseph Beuys, Elch, 1975

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Ways of Seeing Abstraction
Karla Knight, Spaceship Note (The Fantastic Universe), 2020

Even when she was a child, the supernatural was omnipresent for Karla Knight. Her father wrote books on "extrasensory perception," investigating topics such as the occult and UFOs. But there is another family influence that has had an impact on the American artist's enigmatic images: she observed that her little son invented his own letters and words during his first attempts at writing. And so Karla Knight began to create a distinctive artistic cosmos, which in its consistency approaches "Outsider Art." She combines references to abstract modernism, Dadaists like Max Ernst, and the visionary designs of architect Buckminster Fuller with science fiction, pseudo-scientific diagrams, and imaginary scripts suggesting hieroglyphs from ancient Egypt. "It’s about living with the unknown." And this is perhaps the best way to grasp her work intuitively—asl into an archaic-futuristicallel universe.

Karla Knight, Spaceship Note (The Fantastic Universe), 2020 © Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

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SUNDAY OPEN – Lights on!
February 7, 21, and 28, 12 noon – 6 pm

Behind the closed doors of the entire Berlin art world, there are exhibitions that were installed weeks ago, some of which have not yet been seen, and wait for visitors. In order to counter the long period of invisibility, INDEX Berlin established SUNDAY OPEN – Lights On. On February 7, 21, and 28  from noon to 6 pm, several galleries and other exhibition spaces with windows to the street will turn on their lights in order to make their exhibitions inside visible from outside. PalaisPopulaire takes part too and point the spotlight on VALIE EXPORT’s sculpture “Die Doppelgängerin” in front of the building. In contrast to last year’s SUNDAY OPEN, the venues will of course remain closed.

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Better than Netflix: The Links We Love

Coronavirus measures have been tightened again throughout Europe. At the moment, culture cannot be experienced first-hand at all or only to a very limited extent. But now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in art and go on a voyage of discovery. You can do this, like so many other things, online at home. Many museums, institutions, and magazines have made a colossal effort and are now offering more content and surprising virtual experiences. Here, ArtMag’s editorial team recommends the best art links for the start of 2021, with museum tours, experimental films, and podcasts. The selection ranges from hundreds of films from one of the world’s most important video and media art collections to political debates, a scavenger hunt with Alice in Wonderland, exhibitions with a Stranger Things appeal, and bedtime stories by Iggy Pop. Have fun surfing!

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Photo: Still from Curious Alice, a VR experience created by the V&A and HTC Vive Arts. Featuring original artwork by Kristjana S Williams, 2020

View of the Human Condition
These are Deutsche Bank’s Artists of the Year 2020

A decade ago, Deutsche Bank initiated the Artist of the Year award. The concept was completely new at that time. Instead of providing a cash prize, as is usually the case, the aim is to make up-and-coming globa artists who work primarily with paper or photography better known to a broad public by purchasing their works for the Deutsche Bank Collection, through a comprehensive catalog, and with a solo exhibition.
2021 will be a special year: The award will be presented for the first time to three artists at the same time, who will exhibit together. And all of them have started as autodidacts: Maxwell Alexandre (Brazil), Conny Maier (Germany), and Zhang Xu Zhan (Taiwan) were selected on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, composed of the curators Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn. While the three artistic positions are absolutely independent and unique, there are some similarities. They have all conquered the art world without a university education; they each look at the human condition from a very different, albeit non-academic perspective, and reflect on elementary, global issues: community, spirituality, our relationship to nature.
The exhibition at the PalaisPopulaire starts on September 15, 2021
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Keep your mind open: art and culture market at the ShopPopulaire

To creatively bridge over the cultural lockdown, ten cultural institutions are joining forces to stage an art and culture market at the ShopPopulaire offering a selection of the most popular products from their museum and culture stores. From the current exhibition catalog, design objects, and selected gifts to art editions, visitors can take home or gift a little culture in the pre-Christmas period. Museum Barberini, Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Bröhan-Museum, and the Staatsoper are among those taking part. The market will be held every Wednesday till Saturday from 12 noon to 6 pm until January 2, 2021. Further information here or follow the Hashtag  #KulturMarktBerlin #openforculture


Mehr Diversität für junge Kurator*innen
Idris Khan gestaltet erste Edition für Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship

Together with the London Frieze art fair and the renowned Chisenhale Gallery, Deutsche Bank is launching a new initiative for Frieze Week 2020- The aim of the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship is to help up-and-coming curators with a PoC (people of color) background gain a foothold in the British art world. The first fellowship will be realized in partnership with the Chisenhale Gallery. The renowned art spacehas many years of experience in training curators.

To support the fellowship financially, prominent British artists have agreed to create limited editions. The first one will be made by an artist who is represented in the current exhibition Time Present at Berlin’s PalaisPopulaire. Khan’s contribution is a facemask he designed during the Covid-19 lockdowns in London. The work is titled Time Past. Time Present. For the print on the mask, Khan photographed pages with musical notation from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and superimposed them until a shimmering line structure emerged. The mask can be purchased for £ 40 at  frieze.com 

Deutsche Bank Collection Live - Meet the Artist

On the occasion of the exhibition Time Present – Photography from the Deutsche Collection at Berlin’s PalaisPopulaire, Deutsche Bank is launching a new talk series in September in which international artists will discuss their work and the artworks in the corporate collection. Especially in times when admission to exhibitions of works from the Deutsche Bank Collection is limited, Deutsche Bank Collection Live – Meet the Artist creates lively and direct access to contemporary art, to its themes and discourses.

The talks take place both online and in the context of live events and offer participants the opportunity to enter into exchange with artists in the collection. The new talk series will be continue in the future as a permanent fixture and will accompany not only exhibitions at the PalaisPopulaire, but Deutsche Bank’s entire global art activities. 

The series begins with talks with Andreas Mühe, Cao Fei, and Axel Hütte in conjunction with Berlin Art Week. Details at#PalaisPopulaireForYou 


Whose Utopia?

Works by the Beijing-based artist Cao Fei (* 1978) are currently on view in the exhibition Time Present. On the occasion of Berlin Art Week, the PalaisPopulaire will show the film for which these photographic works were made, Whose Utopia? (2006), in the Atelier of the PalaisPopulaire from September 9 – 14, 2020.. To make the film, Cao Fei worked for half a year in a light bulb factory in the Pearl River Delta. She set up workshops in which she invited the workers to communicate their utopian ideas and to realize them in performances at their workplace. Many of the participants shed their anonymity for the first time and staged their dreams—as a ballerina or as a rock star swinging a guitar back and forth next to gas bottles. Compelling and poetic, Whose Utopia? documents extreme cultural upheavals in China on the way to becoming the world’s most important economic superpower.
In Berlin Art Week’s questionnaire, Cao Fei answers twelve questions about her everyday life, selected works of art, and her dreams.

Cao Fei, Whose Utopia?, 2006 9.-14.9.2020, 11 - 21 oclock

Cao Fei My Future Is Not a Dream 02, 2006
© Cao Fei

Contemporary African Photography in the Exhibition “Time Present”

With the war, the images of the old colonial masters were also destroyed. The pictures by South African photographer Jo Ractliffe currently on view in the exhibition Time Present as part of a larger selection of contemporary African photography were taken in 2007, five years after the end of the 30-year civil war in Angola. They show traces of the war in the capital Luanda. Today, the metropolis is one of Africa’s most expensive and affluent cities. But Ractliffe’s sensitive photographs of destroyed tile pictures in a ceremonial room speak of old wounds that go far deeper than the war. The cracked, clichéd motifs of former Portuguese colonial rulers show how stereotypically Europe looked at Africa, as a mythical, dark place full of wild animals, marked by the struggle for survival. Here, the right of the mighty prevails as a natural state. In this sense, whites rule over Blacks.

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Jo Ractliffe, Tiled Mural at the Fortaleza de São Miguel, 2007, from the series: Terreno Ocupado. © Jo Ractliffe. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg


25th anniversary of the Wrapped Reichstag

Repeatedly, Christo and Jeanne Claude’s wrappings of monuments and historical buildings led to bitter debates about collective memory, history, and nation. This was also the case with the project Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, which began in 1971. German politicians repeatedly rejected the wrapping of the historic building as disrespectful. Only after the Wall fell, with the great support of the then President of the Bundestag Rita Süssmuth and letters to all 662 members of parliament, did the debate gain momentum again. In 1995, after more than 24 years of preparation and negotiations, this installation in reunited Berlin hit the Zeitgeist. More than 5 million visitors from all over the world came in two weeks. It was a unique, almost euphoric event for the city and its visitors. In memory of these unforgettable summer days on June 24, the collector couple Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim, Dr. Andreas Kaernbach, curator of the German Bundestag’s Art Collection, and Michael S. Cullen, architectural historian and advisor for the Reichstag project talked about Christo’s artistic legacy, his motivation, and the spectacular Berlin project. The documentation of the conversation can be found here.

We mourn Christo

On May 31, a few days before his 85th birthday, Christo died at his home in New York. “Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it,” his office said in a statement on the joint website of Christo and his wife and partner Jeanne Claude, who died in 2009. The artist couple made it clear that their work would continue after their death. Thus, the spectacular project L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped in Paris will take place as planned in the fall of 2021. Christo was born on June 13, 1935, as Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. In 1957, he moved to Prague and subsequently fled from that city via Vienna to Switzerland. In 1958, he met his future partner Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon in Paris. Together they developed a completely new art form with their often-monumental public wrapping actions, combining Land Art, sculpture, architecture, painting, performance, and science.

Photo: Wolfgang Volz


„People’s understanding of artificial intelligence is very much influenced by Hollywood” 
An interview on the advance of AI in art and culture 

What sounded like science fiction a few years ago is becoming reality. Visitors inside the PalaisPopulaire can have pictures explained to them by MIA, a museum assistant with artificial intelligence. But there are issues with this: People are already familiar with artificial intelligence from various areas, including business, science, and the service sector. Why is AI needed in art education? What are the advantages of MIA and how does it differ from conventional guided tours? Many people are worried that artificial intelligence will replace personal art education at the location, that soon people will only talk to a chatbot on the phone, that the human element will be lost. As Director Watson, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence at IBM, Dr. Wolfgang Hildesheim is jointly responsible for the development of MIA. He answers questions posed by ArtMag and explains why artificial intelligence is smart and stupid at the same time and why it is nothing like the way it is portrayed in the movie “Terminator.” 

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Since the 1960s, the artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been realizing projects in public spaces around the world that are unforgettable for many. Have you already seen or visited projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude? What do you associate with their work? We are looking for your personal Christo-Moments! It could be a photo of the Wrapped Reichstag, a piece of the fabric or any other object that reminds you of the artists. Share your Christo-Moment with #MyChristoMoment and #PalaisPopulaire on Instagram and win a signed exhibition catalogue.


Homeschooling @PalaisPopulaire
What are you dreaming of? Who do you want to be and how do you want to live?

Class 3b of the Kreativität Schulzentrum Berlin usually comes to the PalaisPopulaire, looks at the exhibition and then does a workshop. But in the Corona period everything is different - the students learn from home and the PalaisPopulaire comes to their home. "Homeschooling @PalaisPopulaire" started with two works of art from the photo exhibition "Time Present". "What are you dreaming of?" Asked the artist Cao Fei factory workers in China and asked her to describe her dream job. And the Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi asked young women how they would see themselves in 50 years, and illustrated these wishes in photographs. But how would class 3b answer these questions? What are their wishes for the future? What do they want to be, how and where do they want to live in 20 years? Each student had a week to answer the task at home with a variety of materials. The wonderful, creative, funny and surprising ideas and thoughts are presented HERE.

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Art in Times of Covid-19

Staying home doesn´t have to mean missing out on art and culture! Check out what´s going on online: ArtMag compiled the most exciting links for you again. From live streams to festivals, movies and Instagram challenges – we are sure there is something for everyone!

Find  #thelinkswelove at ArtMag 

Marina de Caro, Rojo emplumando, 2008

Deutsche Bank Collection © Marina de Caro


Art in Times of Covid-19

Art is in quarantine worldwide: Museums and galleries are closed, biennials and fairs have been postponed or have moved to the virtual realm.

If you are missing direct encounters with works and people, you can find them online: We have compiled a selection of links to museums, magazines, and people that offer inspiration, provide food for thought, entertain, and bring us together in these difficult times of isolation.

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Charles Avery, Facets of Infinity (Unfinished), 2001/2002

Deutsche Bank Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Moments of Deutsche Bank at the Forum of PalaisPopulaire

The Frankfurt based photographer Lutz Kleinhans (1926–2011) accompanied Deutsche Bank as their main photographer from 1967 until 1989. He was well known due to his long term engagement for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and follows within his photographs a photo journalistic approach. On the occasion of the anniversary „150 years of Deutsche Bank“ a selection of time documents of the history of Deutsche Bank will be presented at the Forum of the PalaisPopulaire. 

Photo: Lutz Kleinhans

Deutsche Bank AG, Historisches Institut


October 10, 2019
Shortlist for the German Book Prize 2019

The bookstore Uslar & Rai presented the six the six nominees in the final round of the Deutscher Buchpreis 2019 at the PalaisPopulaire as part of the Literature+ events. The actor, Daniel Sträßer, read selected passages from the nominated books for the audience.

Photo: Uslar & Rai

September 27 – 29, 2019
First anniversary of PalaisPopulaire

Exactly one year ago, the PalaisPopulaire opened its doors with The World on Paper. Encompassing more than 300 works by 133 artists, the exhibition provided new insights into the diversity, history, and international orientation of the Deutsche Bank Collection and explored the fascination of the medium of paper from different perspectives. A year of PalaisPopulaire was a year of talks, workshops, activities for children and teenagers, and long club nights where people could listen to DJ sets in the exhibition rooms. Whether teenagers trained parkour with professionals, meditation and nude drawing courses were held, or the British ambassador Sebastian Wood discussed "Britishness" in Germany with presenter Andrea Thilo in the context of the Tate show Objects of Wonder – the PalaisPopulaire quickly found its place in the cultural landscape of the capital.

Photo: Mathias Schormann

Woman stands infront of MIA

Mai 20, 2019
Art in digital dialogue

In cooperation with IBM, Deutsche Bank is breaking new ground. The PalaisPopulaire will be the first institution in Europe to use artificial intelligence to mediate art. The PalaisPopulaire plans to integrate IBM Watson under the name of MIA into an exhibition for the first time by the beginning of 2020. Before the program is launched, there will be a test phase lasting several months. In the forum of the PalaisPopulaire you will find a test station of MIA with which you can chat with Watson about the work The Bride who Married a Camel’s Head by the artist Wangechi Mutu. MIA currently only speaks German.

April 25, 2019
Tony Cragg’s sculpture “Runner” (2017) extends “Objects of Wonder” to public space

Continual change is a constant in the work of Tony Cragg. Almost no other sculptor has given bronze, high-grade steel, stone, and plastic such dynamic elegance. So far, he has received the Turner Prize and the Praemium Imperiale for his work. Now his almost six-meter-high sculpture Runner (2017) is being installed in front of the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin, where it will be on view until the end of October 2019.

Tony Cragg, who turns 70 this year, is also represented in the current exhibition Objects of Wonder: British Sculpture from the Tate Collection 1950s–Present at the PalaisPopulaire. The sculptor, who was born in Liverpool and has lived in Wuppertal since 1977, is one of they key artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection. At an early stage, the bank collected many of Cragg’s works on paper. His monumental sculpture Secretions (1998), composed of thousands of dice, has a prominent place at Deutsche Bank’s London headquarters.

The temporary display has been kindly supported by the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Tony Cragg

September 19, 2018
The Opening of PalaisPopulaire is One of the Highlights of the Berlin Art Week

From the 26th to the 30th of September, the seventh Berlin Art Week will again turn the capital into a magnet for the international art scene. An eagerly awaited highlight of this packed art week will be the opening day of the PalaisPopulaire with the exhibition The World on Paper on the first day, Wednesday, September 26th. The show includes around 300 works by 133 artists from 34 countries.
The new Forum for Art, Culture and Sport is a commitment to one of the most vital cultural centers in Europe: Two fairs, the Art Berlin and the Position Berlin Art Fair, show contemporary art in the hangars of the former Tempelhof Airport for the first time this year. In addition 15 museums and exhibition halls, two art associations, a theater as well as 11 Berlin private collections and 20 project spaces will offer a comprehensive program. The galleries participating in the art fairs also present 70 exhibitions in gallery spaces all over the city. In addition, visitors can expect numerous solo exhibitions in the mayor Berlin institutions of contemporary art. On view are Agnieszka Polska, Julian Charrière, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, or Lee Bul, as well as various thematic exhibitions.

August 29, 2018
The Making of The World on Paper

300 works by 133 artists from 34 countries: Preparations for The World on Paper, the opening exhibition of the PalaisPopulaire, are in full swing. Parts of the show are already installed. Other areas of the bank’s new building on Unter den Linden boulevard are akin to a provisional workshop. Framed pictures are lined up on the wall or are positioned on the floor below where they will be hung. Under the white glare of a floodlight, the paper restorer and the bank’s curators are examining works that have arrived from branches around the world. Putting together such an extensive exhibition requires precision work. Series and wall installations consisting of up to 90 individual works have to be mounted based on exact specifications. On tables covered with plastic there are folders containing condition logs, cotton gloves, special glasses, hanging plans, and tools ready to be used as though for a surgery. While the works are photographed one by one, you can see how the most comprehensive exhibition of the Deutsche Bank Collection is being set up piecemeal – a surprising, complex “World on Paper” that can be experienced at PalaisPopulaire starting September 27.

Making of The World on Paper
Works of art by Bruno Miguel
The jury

The jury from left to right:
Christine Lötscher, Paul Jandl, Marianne Sax, Christoph Bartmann, Tanja Graf, Uwe Kalkowski and Luzia Braun
© Monique Wüstenhagen

August 16, 2018
Read, read, read! The German Book Prize soon at PalaisPopulaire!

Read, read, read! The jury has decided. The Longlist for the German Book Prize, which is supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, has been confirmed. 20 novels were nominated, including favorites like Arno Geiger's “Unter der Drachenwand,“ but also discoveries like Susanne Röckel's “Der Vogelgott.“ “The situation of the world seems to be most pressing for German-speaking authors,“ Jury spokeswoman Christine Lötscher said. “How has the world become what it is today? How is everything related and what stories can be told about it? There are great historical, but also playfully fantastic images of the world, as well as texts that seek a radical reduction of perspective, to the nadir of storytelling.“ It remains exciting until the announcement on 8.10. However, it is already clear that one of the nominees will be reading on 25.10. at the PalaisPopulaire and the winner is expected at the end of November. here for an exclusive reading and a talk.

July 31, 2018
The Adventure Has Begun

In October extreme climber Stefan Glowacz will talk about his “Coast to Coast” expedition, which is now en route to Greenland, with Andrea Thilo at the PalaisPopulaire. Glowacz and his team still have their biggest challenges ahead of them on Greenland. First, they traveled by electric car from Starnberg to the Scottish port of Mallaig. From there, they took the steel yacht Santa Maria to the Westman Islands near Iceland. As on his Antarctic expedition in 1999, Glowacz struggled with seasickness during the crossing. “Oceans are not a climber’s world,” he posted on Instagram. The next stop is the west coast of Greenland. On the world’s largest island, the team will first climb a 1,000-meter rock face. Then, by ski, sledge, and snow kite, the Deutsche Bank-sponsored exhibition will cross Greenland’s ice desert “by fair means,” in other words alone and under their own power.

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Stefan Glowacz
©Photo: Thomas Ulrich
PalaisPopulaire entry

July 16, 2018
A new platform for art, culture, and sports in the heart of the German capital

Berlin is one of the world’s most vibrant art cities. The perfect place for the PalaisPopulaire. On September 27, Deutsche Bank is opening an international forum for art, culture and sports in the heart of Berlin. At the PalaisPopulaire you can look forward to exhibitions from the Deutsche Bank Collection and important partner institutions around the globe as well as talks, readings, sports workshops, and digital experiences.

July 16, 2018
Historical building, minimalist architecture

The architectural office Kuehn + Malvezzi has transformed the interior of the historic Prinzessinnenpalais on Unter den Linden boulevard into an innovative stage for contemporary culture. Behind the rococo facades of the building, reconstructed in the 1960s, the architects exposed the original concrete structure and created open rooms with a clear, minimalistic formal language and state-of-the-art technology. The PalaisPopulaire connects and excites art and music lovers as well as everyone interested in sports. Look forward to seeing you there!
interior of the historic Prinzessinnenpalais
PalaisPopulaire renovation

July 16, 2018
Go-ahead for the PalaisPopulaire: Our employees are moving in

The opening is just a few weeks away. The renovation work is almost finished, preparations for the opening are in full swing, and the PalaisPopulaire team is currently moving into its offices on the top floor, right next to the 150-square-meter “Atelier.” The latter will be used for the educational program as well as workshops, readings, and concerts and affords a view of the Humboldt Forum. With the move out of the old exhibition venue in Deutsche Bank’s headquarters at Unter den Linden 13/15, after twenty years a new chapter begins at the Palais Populaire. Not only does the new venue offer much more room for contemporary art (a total of 150 square meters) and provide permanent space for presentation of the Deutsche Bank Collection. Additionally, the art here will be linked in entirely novel ways with culture and sports. With its program the PalaisPopulaire will soon bring together players from diverse disciplines and visitors from across the globe. Be a part of it!