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And Berlin Will Always Need You

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And Berlin Will Always Need You. Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin

Nevin Aladağ, Leonor Antunes, Julieta Aranda, Andreas Siekmann und die Arbeiterinnen von Brukman, Alice Creischer, Mariechen Danz, Haris Epaminonda, Theo Eshetu, Antje Majewski und Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Olaf Holzapfel, Dorothy Iannone, Willem de Rooij, Katarina Šević, Chiharu Shiota, Simon Wachsmuth, Haegue Yang


From 22 March to 16 June 2019, the Gropius Bau explores the concept of crafts and handmade processes in Berlin’s contemporary art scene, taking its history as a former museum for decorative arts and educational institution as a starting point.

When Dorothy Iannone serenaded her friend Mary Harding in 1977 she sang an avowal to the city of Berlin, a place she had moved to only a year before with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin programme and where she has lived ever since. Her line “And Berlin will always need you”, forms the title of the first exhibition presented at the Gropius Bau in 2019.

And Berlin Will Always Need You. Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin is a distinctly contemporary art exhibition that sheds light on artists’ practices in the city. Presenting an evocative series of existing and newly commissioned works the exhibition engages with traditional methods of production, aesthetics and materiality, and examines historical artefacts and objects.