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From Berlin to Bonn:
99 Wolves, Black Nylons, and Masterpieces from New York

The "Guggenheim-Tour" leads from Berlin, site of the Deutsche Guggenheim, to Bonn, where highlights from the collection of the New York home museum are on show – a must see in this hot German art summer.

Wolves for Cai Guo-Qiang's installation "Head On" at the
Deutsche Guggenheim
©courtesy Cai Studio

The Art of Tomorrow –this show in the exhibition space at Unter den Linden honors the artist and curator Hilla von Rebay, who was responsible for laying the foundation for the New York Guggenheim Museum’s outstanding collection. Following the end of this exhibition, the Deutsche Guggenheim will be taken over by 99 wolves. The pack, made from sheepskin, is part of the installation Head On, which the Chinese "global player" Cai Guo-Qiang created especially for Berlin.

Via Lewandowsky's installation "Von Hinten" in the garden of the Haus am Waldsee,
Photo: Bernd Borchardt, courtesy Haus am Waldse

Boomtown Berlin? Definitely, when it comes to contemporary art. The stars of the international art scene living in Berlin form the core of the exhibition Anstoss Berlin (Impulse Berlin) at the Haus am Waldsee. Somewhat off the beaten track, more than 60 artists including Jonathan Meese, Candice Breitz, and Norbert Bisky testify to the city’s creative potential in the Zehlendorf villa. Some of the works are situated in the villa’s beautiful landscape garden, such as an underground installation by Olafur Eliason, which features a mysteriously glowing ball of fire.

Now a museum: Max Liebermann's-Villa at the Wannsee,
Photo: courtesy Max-Liebermann-Gesellschaft Berlin e.V./Wandrey

But you can also stroll beneath the high old trees in the garden of the Liebermann Villa right on the Wannsee, which was recently reopened as a museum. Approximately 40 works by the Berlin impressionist painter are on display in the freshly restored rooms.

Castle Groß Leuthen:
Foto: Arwed Messmer, courtesy Rohkunstbau

But how about a real trip to the countryside? A tour through the Spreewald has more to offer than boat rides on tree-lined canals, Sorb folklore, and pickle patches. In the historical atmosphere of the Water Palace of Groß Leuthen, the exhibition Rohkunstbau presents site-specific installations by international artists such as Monica Bonvicini and Gregor Schneider. And after enjoying the art, you can take a dip in the lake right in front of the palace or savor a piece of strawberry cake beneath a sunshade at a nearby terrace café.

Zaha Hadid' science center Phaeno in Wolfsburg
©Photo: Klemens Ortmeyer

And then it’s off to the former capital! One stop along the way that’s really worth seeing is Zaha Hadid’s spectacular futurist Phaeno Museum of Science in Wolfsburg. Or the museum island of Hombroich. In the lush green meadow grounds, visitors encounter minimalist building sculptures in which unusual combinations of high-caliber art can be seen: paintings by Gotthard Graubner are juxtaposed with antique Khmer sculptures, Calder mobiles with furniture by Marcel Breuer.

Erwin Heerich's monumental sculpture at Museumsinsel Hombroich,
Foto:Tomas Riehle, © Stiftung Insel Hombroich

Only a few minutes away, a dialogue unfurls between Japanese art from eight centuries and works of western modernism ranging from Cézanne to Warhol behind the elegant exposed concrete walls of the Langen Foundation, which was designed by Tadao Ando.

Tadao Ando's Langen Foundation, ,
Photo/©: Tomas Riehle/artur

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