Andy Warhol – Velvet Rage and Beauty (Members of The Arts Society Berlin only)

Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

Andy Warhol is arguably one of the most widely known and dis- cussed artists of the twentieth century. While his depictions of con- sumer products and celebrities became household famous, there is a newly identified red thread through his career, starting in the late 1940s until his untimely death in the 1980s: a continuous searching to visualize his ideal of beauty, mostly male beauty, finding form and creating lasting images of what Warhol desired. Neue Nationalgalerie is for the first time putting together a large survey focused on War- hol’s search for a certain ideal beauty and shows that it is a central aspect and red thread throughout the artist’s different production phases and stages of career, from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Who’s who! Portrait painting in the Dutch Golden Age (Bonus Lecture)

Zoom Lecture only (!)

Holland was a special phenomenon in the 17th century: A world power with a booming economy which created a wealthy burger class who were proud of what they had achieved and who wanted their portraits painted.
Never before were so many portraits produced. There was an explosion of portraits, large, small, men, women, children, groups.
It is estimated that more than 5,000,000 paintings were produced in the 17th century. Dutch artists captured these people and these works have become masterpieces – just think of the Night Watch.
We will take a look at their diversity, creativity and quality.
Due to the exhibition at the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, 12th July - 3rd November 2024, we will give special attention to Frans Hals, and this talk will be an introduction to portraiture in 17th century Holland and Frans Hals’ contribution to it.

George Stubbs (1724 – 1806) „The English Leonardo“

The All Saints Church, Dahlem and Zoom-Meeting Hüttenweg 46, Berlin

Many art historians and critics have compared the work of Stubbs to that of Leonardo da Vinci, one even christening him the ‘Leonardo of Liverpool’ to reflect his humble origins as the son of a Liverpool leatherworker. The comparison can seem hubristic until one considers the intense scientific method and investigation that lay behind the production by Stubbs of his world-famous Anatomy of the Horse published in 1766 – a work which revolutionised the understanding and depiction of equine subjects. This lecture looks at the life and work of this country’s greatest animal painter, putting Stubbs in the context of British sporting artists of the eighteenth century more generally. It focusses on his depiction of equestrian subjects such as the National Gallery’s Whistlejacket but also looks at the broader themes he addressed.

Britain versus the Bauhaus: Modern Design in 1930s

The All Saints Church, Dahlem and Zoom-Meeting Hüttenweg 46, Berlin

Staatliches Bauhaus was an art school founded under Weimar Republic by the architect Walter Gropius. From 1919 to 1933 its tutors combined crafts and the fine arts in a radical new approach to design education.
Less well known is the influence of the Bauhaus and other German design schools on design and art education in Britain in this period. As the impact of the economic ‘Slump’ of c.1929-34 hit British manufacturing sales, many in local and national government took the view that Britain’s struggling industrial base could be improved if moves were made to provide for better design education. This lecture looks at some of the work of the key artists involved in improving British design in this period – including Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry; and at Unit One – formed by Paul Nash in 1933 to promote modern art, architecture and design.

Cardiff Castle: A Welsh Victorian Camelot

The All Saints Church, Dahlem and Zoom-Meeting Hüttenweg 46, Berlin

Far from being a ruin, Cardiff Castle is one of the most remarkable houses in Britain. Dating from the time of the Romans, centuries of change culminated in the complete transformation undertaken in the 1870s by the Marquess of Bute and his eccentric genius architect William Burges. They created a ‘Feudal extravaganza’ in fifteen highly imaginative interiors, including an Arab room, a Pompeian roof garden and rooms with an astrological theme. The lecture examines this wonderful building and the personalities of those involved.