Artistic Accents in the Heart of Berlin
Established in 1977, the Daimler Art Collection now comprises around 2,600 works by 20th century and contemporary German and international artists. At Potsdamer Platz, art enthusiasts can admire extraordinary sculptures by renowned artists like Keith Haring, Francois Morellet, Nam June Paik, Frank Stella, Mark di Suvero and Auke de Vries. These colossal works of art are installed throughout the entire quarter, both outdoors and in the foyers of major buildings, and are partly accessible to the public.
On the first Saturday of each month the Daimler Art Collection offers guided tours in German through its own exhibition rooms in Haus Huth (4pm). Guided tours in English can be booked on demand, as well as tours which deal with the sculptures at Potsdamer Platz.
Daimler Art Collection/Daimler Contemporary Berlin at Haus Huth, Alte Potsdamer Strasse 5, 10785 Berlin
The Daimler Contemporary is open daily from 11am to 6pm; admission is free.
More information and current exhibitions at: www.art.daimler.com
Francois Morellet – Light Blue, 1997
Glowing blue argon tubes stretch across the atrium of the former Daimler Financial Services building designed by Renzo Piano. They climb the entire height of the walls and run across the floor. “Light Blue” is a work by French artist François Morellet. He is known for geometric creations that penetrate the existing architecture, breaking the form of a building. The sculpture is a must-see for anyone with an appreciation for concrete art. Viewing permitted during tours only.
Location: Atrium Tower
Frank Stella – Prince Frederick Arthur of Homburg, General of Cavalry, 1999
Frank Stella combines steel, fibreglass and carbon fibre in his monumental sculpture “Prince Frederick Arthur of Homburg, General of Cavalry”. Spirals of painted aluminium held in place by a construction of steel ropes and girders seem to wind into each other. The sculpture appears to be hovering. Because Stella did not specify an ideal viewing perspective, art enthusiasts can wander around the object, admiring it from all sides.
Frank Stella’s sculpture has replaced the work “Balloon Flower” by Jeff Koons, which was restored and auctioned off at Christie’s.
Keith Haring – Untitled (Boxers), 1987
American Keith Haring was one of the first artists to bring graffiti to the canvas, and this graffiti art has made him world famous. In the mid-1980s, Haring began to transfer his style to sculpture – just as striking, just as colourful. One of his steel artworks has been standing at Potsdamer Platz since 1998. Abstract and playful, this dual between two figures is staged in the middle of Berlin. “Untitled (Boxers)” is part of a first group of sculptures that Keith Haring created in Germany in 1987.
Mark di Suvero – Galileo, 1996
Colossal sculptures of steel girders won fame for Mark di Suvero. One of these space-confronting creations stands amidst a water installation at Potsdamer Platz. Despite its huge proportions, “Galileo” appears dynamic – as if the massive T-beams were supporting each other. This work represents Renaissance scholar Galileo Galilei and his conviction of the Copernican worldview.
Nam June Paik – Nam Sat, 1997/98
Video artist Nam June Paik, known as the “Father of New Media Art”, designed his vibrantly coloured light sculpture “Nam Sat” specially for the foyer of the former Daimler Financial Services building. The neon and video installation, consisting of monitors and neon tubes, is easily visible from the street. The monitors display Paik’s own video compositions in addition to abstract, ornamental images in rhythmical sequence. Viewing permitted during tours only.
Location: Atrium Tower, Foyer