Highlighted events in Potsdam

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The Dream Factory – 100 Years of Film in Babelsberg

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2029

Despite rapid technological progress, the making of films stil follows traditional patterns that even children are able to understand – and this is why the process of filmmaking is at the core of the exhibition. The starting point of every film production is an idea. Finding a producer for the project sets the stage for a long process that includes casting, costumes and make-up, set construction, shooting, editing and sound design. Interactive modules allow them to find out in a playful, intuitive way what it’s like to sing a long with Zara Leander or to replace actors in a casting session. Besides, the exhibition provides young people looking for professional perspectives with hands-on information on jobs in the media business. A computer-based information system and an exhibition guide shed light on the background of film production in Babelsberg, putting films and those who worked on them into their historical context.

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The Potsdam Palace Night 2021

20.08.2021 17:00 - 21.08.2021 17:00

On 20 and 21 August 2021, Sanssouci Park will provide the magnificent setting for two summer nights under the French-inspired motto "Les rendez-vous au Park Sanssouci". The multi-faceted voices of stars from radio and television will be performing works of world literature in the context of "Quiet tones, striking voices, exciting story(s)". During the Palace Night, various guided tours will introduce you to the park's various utility and ornamental gardens, give you an idea of life at court, take you away to the architectural world of paradise or explain the sculptural seasonal calendar at the Orangery Palace. Every year, the Palace Night offers the rare opportunity to experience these historical gems in romantic lighting and elaborate staging.

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Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity

02.10.2021 - 16.01.2022

With his Manifesto of Surrealism, published in October 1924, the French writer André Breton founded a literary and artistic movement that soon became the leading international avant-garde. At the center of the Surrealist enterprise lay a reorientation towards the world of the night-dream, the unconscious and the irrational. Numerous artists, who moved in the intellectual orbit of the movement, also immersed themselves in the imaginative world of magic. In their works, they frequently drew on occult symbolism and cultivated the traditional image of the artist’s persona as a magician, seer, and alchemist.

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Impressionism in Russia. Dawn of the Avant-Garde

28.08.2021 - 09.01.2022

Numerous artists in Russia were inspired by the painting style of French Impressionists. They painted en plein air and felt the transience of the moment. Painters who later formed the avant-garde also developed their new art from the impressionist study of light. The exhibition shows more than 80 loans e.g. from the ABA Gallery in New York, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the collection of Iveta und Tamaz Manasherov in Moscow, the collection of Vladimir Tsarenkov in London, the State Tretyakov-Gallery in Moscow, the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan in Kazan, the collection of Elsina Khayrova in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam as well as from private collections. In cooperation with the State Tretyakov-Gallery in Moscow.

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Impressionism. The Hasso Plattner collection.

17.04.2021 - 31.12.2021

Museum Barberini shows impessionist paintings from the extensive collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum´s founder: More than 100 masterpieces by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Henri-Edmond Cross, Paul Signac and by other impressionist and postimpressionist painters are on permanent display. With 34 paintings it is the largest european collection of Claude Monet´s painting outside Paris and Potsdam becomes one of the most important centres of impressionist landscape painting worldwide.

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Cecilienhof Palace: Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World. Special Exhibition in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Potsdam Conference

01.12.2020 - 31.10.2021

The Potsdam Conference marks one of the most important historical events of the 20th century. World-wide, it stands as a symbol of the endpoint of World War II in Europe and the outbreak of the Cold War. The “Potsdam Agreement” that was adopted at Cecilienhof Palace laid the foundation for the reshaping of the world after 1945. The SPSG is showcasing a special exhibition on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference at Cecilienhof Palace. Visitors at this actual location will be able to experience a multi-medial journey back to these fateful days in the summer of 1945. A factual, ideology-free, presentation regarding the geopolitical decisions made contrasts with the moving and emotion-filled voices of those affected. Famous historical personalities such as Churchill, Stalin, and Truman stand opposite history’s countless “nameless” – including victims of atom bombs, displaced persons, and collaborators.

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Christmas Garden in Alexandrovka

27.12.2021 15:00 - 28.12.2021 18:00

Between the years, the Alexandrowka Museum opens its gates and doors again and invites you to the quiet Christmas garden on December 26 and 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. In the garden of the museum, visitors young and old can socialize by the fire and let themselves be pampered with borscht and mulled wine.

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Apple festival in the Volkspark - A festival for the whole family!

02.10.2021 10:00 - 02.10.2021 22:00

The apple is the Germans' favourite fruit and a culinary all-rounder. With around 20,000 varieties worldwide, there is a true variety of flavours to discover this weekend! Pomologists will present local and almost forgotten varieties for nibbling and give worth knowing tips for your own harvest. And to the delight of all medieval fans, the park becomes the scene of a medieval spectacle with musicians, knights, Vikings, jugglers, puppet shows and colourful market life. The programme of the 15th Apple Festival in the Volkspark: All about the apple: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Determination of apple varieties by pomologists, apple and pear exhibition, organic farm products, cider, apple specialties, juice presses for children.

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International Kite Festival

04.09.2021 13:00 - 04.09.2021 18:00

The sky above Potsdam's Volkspark promises to be colourful this weekend. Many international kite-flying teams are going to present their heavenly interpretations of kite art, flying the world's most beautiful and curious kites in the wind. Wonderful designs, a sky ablaze with colours and adventurous air manoeuvres - this weekend brings together kite flyers from all kinds of different countries to experience a fun spectacle. It will certainly include impressive tricks and fascinating duels of warrior kites. Again, a great family entertainment programme will be provided featuring: Theatres and clowns, trampolines, a large area for flying private kites and fun crafting activities at the long workbench.

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