The poetic history of melons, odes to Arabic calligraphy, and a dystopian badminton court were among the highlights across 55 galleries.
On the Limits of Healing
Can anyone truly heal from a traumatic experience?
Critics Rebuke “Climate-Killer” Museum in Germany
Herzog and de Meuron’s design for the Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin has been accused of poor energy efficiency and called a “structural nightmare.”
Artists’ Doomed, Inspiring Resistance to Hitler
The stories of the Red Orchestra show the power of joy, creativity, and love in the fight against the compliance, fear, and silence upon which fascism still depends.
Three Artists Withdraw From Berlin Biennale Over “Commodification” of Iraqi Suffering
“Our bodies are not that cheap,” said one Iraqi artist who signed an open letter to the biennale’s curators.
The Humboldt Forum’s Disappointing Ethnographic Collections
The Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art were not included in the Forum’s grand inauguration in July, but instead, quietly opened in September.
Scientists Have Found the Earliest Evidence of Leather Clothes
A recent discovery marks the earliest known evidence of the production of animal-based clothing.
The Curious Emergence of Two Mermaid Museums in the US
Two museums, one in Berlin, Maryland, and another in Aberdeen, Washington, are both self-funded women-led projects.
Berlin’s Humboldt Forum Is a Strange Marriage of Progressive Content and Conservative Form
The Humboldt Forum thinks it can genuinely pursue and cultivate “peaceful dialogue between cultures” from a position of global power. I’m not so sure.
Redemption at Last: Yael Bartana’s Solo Exhibition Opens at the Jewish Museum Berlin
At the core of Yael Bartana: Redemption Now is the commissioned video work “Malka Germania,” which the artist produced at historically charged locations across Berlin.
The Gropius Bau in Berlin Reopens With Major Exhibitions on Yayoi Kusama and Hella Jongerius
Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective — A Bouquet of Love I Saw in the Universe and Hella Jongerius: Woven Cosmos are on view through August 15.
Germany Announces Plan to Return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria
The Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City is being considered as a future home for the returned artifacts.