Annual Programme 2020



Ronald Paris: Images of Being – works from six decades

Exhibition from June 14th, 2020 – August 14th, 2020
(on the first floor of Schloss Biesdorf)

Curated by Dr. Gerlinde Förster

Ronald Paris (*1933) is one of the outstanding painters and graphic artists of his generation. The retrospective exhibition shows paintings and drawings that exemplify the artist's life's work in a contrasting spatial counterpart.

The artist's oeuvre includes paintings and drawings, graphics and collages, stained glass, tapestries, stage sets and construction-related works in public space. Of equal artistic importance to large-format works in exposed locations are the paintings and graphics created on the easel in the studio, often inspired by literature, theatre and travel.

Paris needs the experience of the landscape, the human figure, and it needs the history associated with it. The desire to understand the human being by nature, to get behind the reasons and abysses of his actions, is the real driving force that drives the creation of his pictorial world to this day.

He seeks recourse to ancient figures and myths, is inspired by the dramas of Shakespeare to the poetry of Volker Braun and takes up this material for his artistic interpretations. Prometheus, Odysseus, Marsyas, Appolon, Sisyphus, Kassandra, Medea, Icarus, Iphigenia, Sappho or Hamlet, Lear and others are metaphors for him to place basic human themes in the social context of his time.

An important facet of his work are the portraits, they are the condensed expression of his realistic art. One of those portrayed is Otto Nagel. Even today, the time at the Academy of Arts, which was formative for Paris, is still alive with him as his master student. Other drawings such as those by Ernst Busch, Hanns Eisler, Heiner Müller, Harry Kupfer and Inge Keller refer to Paris' great proximity to the theater.

To this day, Paris' need is to intervene artistically. Through many of his artistic interpretations he polemically and defiantly challenges a dialogue. He is one of the few picture makers who, in search of the truth, ruthlessly illuminates living space and defends human dignity with his art. This basic trait is characteristic of his artistic attitude.

The exhibition is supported by the exhibition fund Kommunale Galerien Berlin of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Christine Fenzl: Land in Sun – Portraits of the Post-Reunification Youth of East Berlin

Exhibition from June 14th, 2020 – August 14, 2020
(on the ground floor of Schloss Biesdorf)

The Berlin-based photographer Christine Fenzl portrayed young people from the Berlin districts of Hellersdorf, Marzahn, Lichtenberg and Hohenschönhausen who were born during and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. For their parents, the Wall was a matter of course, but in their own world it is hardly imaginable anymore.  Your series takes a look at the generation of the "Nachwendekinder" (Post-Reunification Youth).

In sensitive shots, Fenzl traces the stories and expectations of the protagonists, always maintaining the perspective of undivided interest in their motifs. She shows the people close up and undisguised, in the right light and in a familiar moment. The changing places, in which the prefabricated concrete slab architecture in particular allows us to draw conclusions about the past, also reflect youth as a state of transition.

Christine Fenzl has personally experienced the profound changes that Berlin underwent after the fall of the Wall. She moved there in 1992 and became Nan Goldin's assistant. Initially she lived in the western part of the city, then in the former eastern part of Mitte, where renewal and upheaval, but also challenges, were felt daily. Especially in the places where renewal and development have already taken place, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remember the exact course of the border. 

"I am afraid that the images of this time will disappear. Driven by the continuing change, but still noticeable former division of the city, it is important to me to give the 'Wendekinder' generation a face. I want to capture the young men and women in pictures that were born into this special time and are thus part of the history of the city," summarizes Christine Fenzl.

The exhibition is supported by the exhibition fund Kommunale Galerien Berlin of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


City (un)limited – the dream of your own house

Exhibition from August 23rd, 2020 to January 2021

The question of land ownership in relation to the tension between the needs of individuals and those of the community is becoming increasingly urgent. The exhibition takes stock of the settlement area in the Berlin district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, which is considered the largest contiguous housing estate in Germany. Is the autonomy of individuals really realized through (residential) ownership?  The artistic positions of the exhibition move between taking stock, analyses of the political, economic and social aspects and possible future scenarios.  The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive program.

List of the artists
Sigrun Drapatz / Tanja Lenuweit
Ina Geißler
Eva Kietzmann
Thomas Kilpper / Ina Wudtke
Ulrike Cuddle
Fabian Lippert
Cleaning company
Daniele Tognozzi

B1 – a street through Berlin

Exhibition from August 23rd, 2020 to November 6th, 2020

Photographs by Aenne Burghardt, Ekkehart Keintzel, André Kirchner, Andreas Muhs, Peter Oehlmann, Cordia Schlegelmilch, Jörg Schmiedekind, Wolf Jobst Siedler, Peter Thieme, Volker Wartmann, Arnd Weider and Jochen Wermann. 2016 to 2020

The B1 main road connects numerous places of historical significance that shape the cityscape and make German history of the 20th century readable and tangible: November Revolution, Weimar Republic, Nazi period, war and post-war, Berlin's division and reunion after the fall of the Wall and German reunification. The contradictory history of this city, its ruptures and changes manifest themselves in the urban spaces and architecture found along the B1, which can be experienced and understood like a sequence of exhibits.

Twelve photographers show their personal perceptions and conceptions of these urban spaces, which are anchored in the present but never allow their history to be forgotten.

The Berlin Round Table on Urban Photography, which now brings together fourteen photographers on a regular basis, works on common photographic themes in addition to discussion and exchange.  
In 2016 the discussion about the B1 began. A section of this traffic route, which originally stretched from Königsberg to Aachen, passes through Berlin, from Mahlsdorf in the east of the city to the Glienicke Bridge in the southwest.

As part of the EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography 2020