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We have returned to our former location at the Fritz-Haber-Villa for this lecture and for future lectures!!

Fritz-Haber-Villa, Faradayweg 8 (side entrance Hittorfstrasse)

Our next lecture:


Monday, 24 September 2018

Lois Oliver – Manet and Music


Music was a constant theme in Edouard Manet’s life and art. His wife Suzanne Leenhoff was a gifted pianist, and regular musical soirées were held at the Manet family home. His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, through to paintings encompassing the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Manet also designed cover illustrations for music composed by his friends. This lecture brings together Manet’s art and the rich range of music that inspired him, from Spanish flamenco, to Haydn string quartets, Wagner piano transcriptions and café songs.





Dr Lois Oliver studied English Literature at Cambridge University, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, completing an MA in Venetian Renaissance Art and writing her doctoral thesis on The Image of the Artist, Paris 1815-1855. She worked at the Harvard University Art Museums before joining the curatorial team at the V&A and then the National Gallery where she co-curated the major exhibition Rebels and Martyrs: the image of the artist in the nineteenth century (2006) and a series of touring exhibitions. Currently Assistant Professor in History of Art at the University of Notre Dame in London, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute, she writes audio and multimedia tours for clients including the National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Royal Academy and Tate, and has appeared on TV programmes for the BBC and Channel 5, as well as broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Also a keen violinist, she plays regularly with orchestras including the Endellion Festival Orchestra.









Royal Wedding at the British Embassy in Berlin


Here´s our Patron, Robbie Bulloch, Head of Mission and Consul General of the Britsh Embassy in Berlin together with our Chairman Ursula Fortune at the Royal Wedding celebrations







We mourn the passing of our Committee Member HELGA BEITZ. Helga was a member of Bridfas Berlin/The Arts Society Berlin and a member of the Committee since 1999 and a great asset in her engagement for our society especially through her great knowledge of the arts in the widest sense. Our society and her friends benefitted so much from her never tiring help and her wonderful friendly and humorous being. If help was needed there was never a question that she was in the forefront to assist in what ever was needed. She adored her family especially her grandchildren and was a wonderful friend to her friends and neighbours. We will sorely miss her, not only as a committee member but as a most appreciated friend. 






Our April lecture was accompanied by spring blossoms and a singing nightingale as we went home 




We have changed our name to The Arts Society Berlin in line with recent changes to The Arts Society in the UK, who provides us with the wonderful choice of lecturers to come to Berlin.

















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