Updated: Mar 30, 2020
By Alex Stuart
Deutsche Bank’s recently established gallery Palais Populaire in Berlin is showing 70 sculptures from the Tate Britain, including works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The theme of transforming everyday objects runs throughout, which lends the exhibition’s name Objects of Wonder. Hirst’s famous ‘Away From The Flock’ is on show and the exhibition closes with Turner prize winner Helen Marten.
Gallerist Victoria Miro describes the exhibition as ‘truly amazing’. Art historian Stefan Trinks has interpreted the exhibition as anti-Brexit in a FAZ article. He draws attention to the fact that exhibiting artists need only have created their art in Britain rather than necessarily being born there to qualify as British for the purposes of the exhibition.
This fulfils the role of a museum, which Trinks purports is ideally to always counter official politics, in this case Brexit. According to Trinks, the exhibition questions what it means to be British, countering clichés widely held in Germany of the ‘proud islanders’ who never truly felt part of Europe. See the exhibition in Berlin until 27th May.