Next month is International Museum Day (IMD), and we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. What better excuse for our next MuseUp! Since IMD is celebrated in most places on the 18th May, but Germany, where we are based, is having theirs on the 12th May this year, we decided to go for the golden middle and have our MuseUp on Wednesday 15th May.
For a special occasion we of course wanted to offer you a special MuseUp, so we are partnering with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) for a visit to their Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints & Drawings). It may not be as famous as some of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s other venues, such as the Pergamonmuseum on Museum Island, but it actually holds the largest collection of graphic art in Germany and is one of the four most important museums of its kind in the world, next to the Albertina, the British Museum and the Louvre. Artists represented in the museum’s collection range from Sandro Botticelli and Albrecht Dürer to Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, via Rembrandt and Adolph von Menzel. Worth a visit, don’t you think?
Due to the fragile nature of the artworks and the sheer size of the collection – over 550,000 works in the print medium and 110,000 drawings, watercolours and oil sketches – the museum does not have a permanent display but instead holds several temporary special exhibitions each year. Visitors can also request access to the collection in the museum’s study room.
To reflect the nature of the museum, our MuseUp will take place in two parts, each lasting about 45 minutes. One part will consist of a guided tour through the current special exhibition “System und Sinnlichkeit” (System and Sensuality) – exhibiting contemporary drawings from the collection of the Ernst Schering Foundation and others from the museum’s own collections- with the curator of the exhibition, Andreas Schalhorn. The works by the 18 artists represented in the exhibition are “minimalist in the broadest sense and amount to investigations in the graphic medium of the systematic and conceptual use of line – the draughtsman’s essential means of expression.” If that sounds intriguing, then you should definitely come along to find out more 😉
The other part will consist of a visit to the study room, where curator Dagmar Korbacher will put together a small selection of Old Master drawings from artworks currently not on display. As participants of the MuseUp, you will be privy to this exclusive “Exhibition for a Night”, and may even be able to have a say in the choice of artworks that get selected!
So, hopefully we’ve whet your appetite, and if you’re in Berlin you’ll come along and join us. There will be two groups, one in German and one in English, and we’ll swap over between the exhibition and the study room half way through the evening. Here’s a summary of the details:
When: Wednesday 15th May, 6pm – 7:30pm
Where: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kulturforum, Mathäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin – meeting point is in the foyer of the Kupferstichkabinett, please enter via the side entrance through the Kunstbibliothek. The Kupferstichkabinett is located on the 2nd floor of the building.
Public Transport: U-Bahn U2 (Potsdamer Platz), S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Potsdamer Platz), Bus M29 (Potsdamer Brücke); M41 (Potsdamer Platz Bhf / Voßstraße); M48, M85 (Kulturforum); 200 (Philharmonie)
How: Register via Eventbrite by 13th May (the event is free but spaces are limited). Bring your smartphone (or other device) on the night and tweet away!
If enough people are up for it we’ll head out for a drink together afterwards.