Permanent historical exhibition at Villa Schöningen

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2019

The Villa Schöningen is situated at Glienicke Bridge – at the interface between Berlin and Potsdam, between East and West where agents used to be exchanged during the Cold War in front of the world public´s eye. The permanent exhibition of the Villa Schöningen deals with the symbolic and historical significance of Glienicke Bridge. It lets the visitor experience the drastic border situation between the GDR and the FRG.

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Nolde, Feininger, Nay: From Expressionism to Art Informel

09.06.2018 - 17.02.2019

Numerous avant-garde art movements emerged in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century. Painters of Die Brücke (The Bridge) were the first to focus on the power of color. The Bauhaus developed a color theory for modern art. Later, following World War II, color was seen as a means of artist self-expression. During the Third Reich, these artists were ostracized, but in spite of this their work shaped the history of art in the twentieth century.

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Embattled Paths of Modernity Wilhelm Schmid and the November Group

29.09.2018 10:00 - 27.01.2019 18:00

In the wake of the revolution of 1918–1919, members of the artistic vanguard formed the November Group, an alliance of self-described “revolutionaries of the spirit” who made a radical break with traditional forms of art. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the group’s founding, the Potsdam Museum has devoted an exhibition to this most prominent political artists’ association of the Weimar Republic and to one of its leading figures, the cosmopolitan, painter, architect, and adopted Potsdam citizen Wilhelm Schmid. Schmid’s years in Potsdam are closely associated with his early work, and here for the first time an extensive body of work from this phase is presented to the public. Schmid’s highly individual aesthetic language brought him into contact with other avant-garde artists, whose creative search for a new formal language is also represented in the exhibition with an incisive selection of exemplary works.

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition

13.10.2018 - 10.03.2019

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition will open on 13 October 2018 in the Caligari Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg in Potsdam. The touring exhibition, which covers around 1,600 square metres, was organized by Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) as a partner of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. It offers visitors an original atmosphere inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets, insights into the stunning craftsmanship behind the real costumes, artwork and creatures of the movies. From the first moment visitors enter Harry Potter: The Exhibition, they are immediately drawn into the world of Harry Potter. Guests are greeted by a guide who sorts several happy fans into their favorite homes at Hogwarts™ and then leads them to the exhibition, where their journey to the favorite scenes of Harry Potter films begins.

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Cecilienhof Palace and the Potsdam Conference

01.11.2018 - 31.03.2020

The conference of the three heads of government and the 1945 Potsdam Accord. World history was written in the summer of 1945 at Potsdam's Cecilienhof Palace. Here, following the end of combat operations in Europe, the top level representatives of the three main WWII allies met to discuss Europe's reorganization and Germany's fate. Participants of the conference were the heads of state and secretary of state and foreign ministers of the USA, Soviet Union and the United Kingdom: Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, who was replaced by his successor Clement Attlee. The results of the conference officially referred to as the "Berlin Conference of the Three Heads of Government of the USSR, USA and UK" were recorded in the Potsdam Accord and Potsdam Declaration. The permanent exhibition was revised and updated and can be seen at an authentic location in all of the palace rooms. An exhibition organized by SPSG

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Color and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross

17.11.2018 - 17.02.2019

In the 1880s, impressionism developed into a new kind of painting that applied luminous colors sideby-side with short brushstrokes. Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910) broke reality down into individual bits of chromatic information. He discovered the Côte d’Azur for painting. In collaboration with the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny, the Museum Barberini presents the first retrospective in Germany of one of neo-impressionism’s most important figures.

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Sanssouci, Orangery: exotic plants in hibernating mode

22.12.2018 13:00 - 21.12.2019 13:00

Hundreds of palm trees, agaves, laurel and orange trees adorn the Prussian gardens in summer. In the winter months, the trees are well-protected in the greenhouses or “orangeries” – greenhouses built by the Prussian kings for citrus plants to hibernate in the cold season. A tour of the Orangery´s impressive greenhouse and heating structure provides visitors with information about the exotic plants and historic heating systems, partly still in operation today. Duration: approx. 90 minutes LIMITED ACCESSIBILTIY (in greenhouse only!)

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Art on the river

05.01.2019 14:00 - 07.12.2019 16:00

“Art on the River” is an initiative of five Potsdam art museums. They are all connected by the river Havel as well as by the sculpture path “Walk of Modern Art”. As part of the guided tour "Art on the River", the five museums - Potsdam Museum, Barberini Museum, museum FLUXUS +, Kunstraum Potsdam and Villa Schoeningen - present themselves. Based on individual exhibits, stories and objects in the houses, the art experience becomes tangible. From the Old Market the tour leads along the “Walk of Modern Art” to the cultural location Schiffbauergasse. The sculpture path incorporates visual art into urban space and creates a variety of artistic encounters. From the Schiffbauergasse take the tram to Villa Schoeningen by the Glienicke Bridge, where the tour ends. Pleace not, this tour is in German!

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Workshop: Electrostatics - Hair-Rising Experiments

10.01.2019 15:30 - 07.04.2019 16:00

We will be investigating into these secrets of electricity.

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Picasso: The Late Work. From the collection of Jacqueline Picasso

09.03.2019 - 16.07.2019

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is considered to be the reinventor of art in the twentieth century. He set new standards in painting, sculpture, the graphic arts, and ceramics. Less well known are the works Picasso created in the final two decades of his life when he painted more portraits of his wife Jacqueline than any of his other models. Through the exhibition Picasso: The Late Work, it will be evident how Picasso keep being an innovator until the very end of his artistic production. All loans come from the collection of Jacqueline Picasso (1927-1986). Her daughter Catherine Hutin has made this rarely-seen collection available to the Museum Barberini show. The works were selected by guest curator Bernardo Laniado-Romero and include numerous pieces which have never before been exhibited in Germany as well as some presented for the first time.

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Olympian Gods: From the Dresden Sculpture Collection

17.11.2018 - 17.02.2019

For the ancient Greeks, ornate and imposing statues signified the presence of the gods and symbolized power and ideal beauty. At the time of the Roman Empire, sculptors copied Greek models and conveyed an aura of education and scholarship. To this day, these works continue to express grandeur and charm. The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden hold one of the most important collections of ancient sculptures in Germany.

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Getting to know Potsdam City Walking Tour

06.04.2019 11:00 - 05.10.2019 11:00

This sightseeing tour will guide you to Potsdam highlights in the city centre but yet you will feel like you are taken back to former times. Historic places, green oasis and extraordinary facades all invite to pause for a moment and take in the astonishment. This includes the reconstructed Old Market with the Church of St. Nicholas, Old Town Hall and Museum Barberini, the maintained baroque square New Market and the Dutch Quarter. At Brandenburger Straße, which is also known as Potsdam’s “Broadway“ there are many cosy cafés and restaurants as well as unique and authentic little shops.

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Tulip Festival in the Dutch Quarter

13.04.2019 - 14.04.2019

On 13 and 14 April the traditional Tulip Festival takes place in the Dutch Quarter of Potsdam. The spring festival is celebrated in the unique ambience of the popular historiy city, which was built over 275 years ago by Dutch builders in the middle of the city of Potsdam. Who does not know them, the wooden shoes, also called clogs. You can watch them being made. In addition to traders from the Dutch artisans troupe, the traders of the Dutch Quarter and some new discoveries from the Netherlands will also be there.

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Harbour Festival on Fleet Parade

14.04.2019 - 14.04.2019

Also at Potsdam´s harbour, celebrations are on at the start of the high season on the occasion of the traditional fleet parade. There will be a family festivity with a varied show and stage programme. A spectacular wakeboard show in the inner harbour will surely thrill you. Highlight is the passing through of the Potsdam Fleet accompanied by fanfares.

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Sehsüchte Filmfestival - 48th International Student Film Festival

24.04.2019 - 28.04.2019

From the 24th to the 28th of April, for the 48th time, the "Sehsucht" calls! On these five days the international student film festival "Sehsüchte" invites you to an excessive film screening in the cinemas of Babelsberg. Organized by master students of media studies as well as many helpers of other courses, the media city of Babelsberg will become a flourishing meeting place for young international film talents, established filmmakers and film fans. A select selection of the freshest works by up-and-coming filmmakers will compete for more than ten different prizes. The more than 40 hour film programme will fill the cinemas of the media city and make their popcorn machines work uninterrupted. Every year, Potsdam-Babelsberg provides a very special atmosphere of visual cravings - German film history and current studio operations, student creativity and academic thirst for knowledge meet here.

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River Blues goes aboard Weisse Flotte Potsdam

09.05.2019 - 26.09.2019

The “River Blues Band” joins the steamer “Gustav”. Its time for blues, rock ‘n‘roll and a pinch of country & western on Potsdam´s River Havel. A group of grown up musicians from Berlin and Brandenburg will be playing a great mix of music during the three-hour tour aboard the steam-powered boat “Gustav”. Classic hits by Eric Clapton and J. J. Cale are shared, as well as songs from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Guitarist Michael Schupke, singer and guitarist Michael Kunczak, drummer Thomas Warneke, bassist Peter Gläser, pianist Ludger Wirsig and singer and harmonicist Detlef Gottschling work the strings, play and sing to enthuse the guests, spreading an exuberant atmosphere of River Blues between dinner and summer night on deck. The hungry ones can savour culinary specialties from the charcoal grill and enjoy beer from the tap.

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The Festival - Potsdam Dance Days 2019

14.05.2019 - 26.05.2019

The festival Potsdam Dance Days 2019 is dedicated to the anniversary "100 years Bauhaus". Since 1991, the Potsdam Dance Days have established themselves as an outstanding international dance festival in Potsdam and remain the most important festival for the performing arts in the state of Brandenburg. A special focus of the festival is the closeness between audience and artists. Firm components of the festival are therefore the workshops, which are aimed at interested laymen and professional dancers, as well as the artist talks, which after the performances encourage the exchange with dancers, choreographers and the audience. At the opening there will be a double reconstruction of "The Triadic Ballet" after Oskar Schlemmer / Gerhard Bohner in the reconstruction of Ivan Liska with the Junior Ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet in the Hans Otto Theater. It is one of Brandenburg's central contributions to the nationwide series of events.

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Nächtliche Schösserimpressionen - Palace impressions by night - a romantic spectacle on River Havel

23.05.2019 20:00 - 07.09.2019 23:00

Immerse yourself in Potsdam’s enchanting water landscape dotted with marvelously lit palaces and parks. On five weekends during the year, the royal buildings and churches lined up on the banks of River Havel are ablaze with light. We welcome you aboard with a glass of champagne before the Potsdam White Fleet puts to sea for a three-hour parade, taking you back into King Frederick the Great’s realm. Starting off at Potsdam Harbour, the convoy of boats takes you along the capital’s royal gardens until you glide into the sunset for the first highlight of the evening at Sacrow. A classical concert of brass instruments in front of the Church of the Redeemer illuminated with numerous torches gets you in a festive mood for the night ride past the splendidly illuminated castles and palaces of the Hohenzollern dynasty and past dancing elves on the banks of Lake Jungfernsee. A baroque rain of fire at Glienicke Bridge marks the crowning moment, transforming the Havel into a sea of lights.

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18th Potsdam Fireworks Symphony

12.07.2019 - 13.07.2019

A weekend full of thrills, impressive fireworks and rousing music - the Fireworks Symphony is simply pure emotion! And with a lot of excitement, the audience can look forward to the Fireworks Competition in the Volkspark Potsdam at the 18th Potsdam Fireworks Symphony on 12. and 13. July 2019, when the four chosen pyro teams say: "Good Shot!" The Potsdam Fireworks Symphony focuses on the creativity of the freestyle, the power of the colours, forms and effects and the musical background of the shows. Unique compositions - goose bumps included! An extensive gastronomic offer leaves nothing to be desired - from grilled specialities to vegetarian, from sweet to hefty, from beer to punch or sparkling wine: there is something for every taste.

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Baroque Pathways: The National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome

13.07.2019 - 06.10.2019

Italy in Potsdam The Museum Barberini will be presenting 54 masterpieces from the collections of the Palazzi Barberini and Corsini Rome, including one of Caravaggio’s most important works, his 1589/99 painting Narcissus. During his pontificate as Pope Urban VIII in the 17th century, Maffeo Barberini collected pictures and commissioned paintings that are now among the major works of Italian baroque. The exhibition, the Museum Barberini’s first project focusing on the Old Masters, will highlight the themes and stylistic developments of baroque art in Rome. The Foundation Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin Brandenburg (SPSG) and the City of Potsdam along with the Museum Barberini are using the opportunity presented by the exhibition to celebrate Italian art and culture. An app designed as a walking tour of Potsdam’s Roman monuments will explore these works of art.

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Potsdam Palace Night 2019 - Una Notte Italiana

16.08.2019 17:00 - 17.08.2019 17:00

Italy in Potsdam The upcoming Potsdam Palace Night 2019, two summer nights in the world heritage of Sanssouci Park with a promising offer for all senses, is all about Italy. Frederick II. and Frederick William IV. were once inspired by Italian architecture, adapted it for the cityscape, parks and palaces and decorated their palaces with baroque sculptures and paintings. This Italian tradition is staged in Potsdam and especially in Sanssouci Park. With spectacular light arrangements, opulent visualizations, artistic and culinary diversity as well as boundless inventiveness, the illuminated park once again presents itself as a world star. The historic buildings and the park landscape itself with its fountains and water features become a stage and allow the performances of the most diverse musicians and artists to flow into a Gesamtkunstwerk (synthesis of the arts).

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Potsdam Triad

13.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

From 13 to 15 September 2019, the state capital invites you to the triad of Potsdam - jazz, art and monument. It's a cultural triple that Potsdam presents every year in late summer. The Jazz Days, the Art-Enjoyment Tour and the Day of the Open Monument combine to form the Potsdam Triad. In this, three different themes complement each other from Friday to Sunday: jazz, art and building culture. Passionate sounds, fascinating sculptures and the wonders of Potsdam's architecture will inspire and delight visitors. Enjoy concerts, exhibitions and monuments in combination with local and international artists.

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Van Gogh: Still Lifes

26.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

From his first paintings to the colorful flower images of his later career, Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) repeatedly painted still lifes. In this genre, he could try out various media and alternatives – from depicting space using light and shadow to experiments with color. The first exhibition on this theme will present more than 20 paintings and use them to analyze the key stages in van Gogh’s life and work. In cooperation with the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. With loans from the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.

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Potsdam light spectacle

01.11.2019 - 03.11.2019

In November 2016, the first Potsdam light spectacle took place in the Dutch Quarter under the title "Een Lichtspektakle". Despite constant rain, the event with illuminations between main station and the Gate Nauener Tor with the accompanying market in the Dutch quarter was a phenomenal success. Visit the 4th Potsdam Light Spectacle from the 1st to the 4th of November and marvel at the state capital illuminated by light artists. Experience Potsdam by night on foot, by pedal or by bus - there is much to discover and even more to experience. Have fun!

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New Year´s Day walk to the New Garden

01.01.2020 13:00 - 01.01.2020 15:30

Potsdam Marketing and Service GmbH will begin the New Year with a romantic New Year´s Day walk on 1.1.2019, commencing at 1 p.m. from the main entrance to the New Garden (corner Allestraße / Am Neuen Garten). The walk will take guests through the royal New Garden and include a visit inside the Marble Palace, a classicist building regarded as one of the most attractive of the Hohenzollern palaces. On the way, surprising vistas will come into view.

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Monet: Places

29.02.2020 - 01.06.2020

For his landscape paintings, Claude Monet revisited the same places over and over again and completed extensive series of works from a single location. During his travels he created numerous paintings at the coast of Normandy, in Zaandam in the Netherlands or in London and Venice. He was not interested in picturesque landmarks but in the changing light and weather conditions and the different effects they had on these particular places. He took pleasure in motifs such as parks, gardens, and waterlilies that surrounded him where he lived in Paris, Argenteuil, Vétheuil, and Giverny, using them to further his exploration of light and color. Organized in cooperation with the Denver Art Museum the exhibition will be shown in Denver under the title Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature from October 20, 2019 to February 2, 2020.

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