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Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage

The Museum Barberini in Potsdam dedicates an entire exhibition to one of the most important painters of classical modernism.

Max Beckmann's (1884-1950) style corresponded to Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) in the 1920s and was later attributed to Expressionism. His paintings are characterised by bright colours and black contours. A consistent theme in Beckmann's works is theatre. In the role of the spectator, he hopes to reveal the truth behind the actor's mask.

The World Theatre as a symbol of current events

Under the term "world as a stage", the Barberini Museum brings together 112 works by Beckmann from all over the world. The focus of the exhibition is the Actors triptych from the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University. Also on view are pictures of vaudeville and fairground artists, acrobats, clowns, actors or self-portraits of the artist as a clown. They are all figures in the world theatre and a commentary by Max Beckmann on the world events of his time.

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Humboldtstraße 5-6
14467 Potsdam
Opening Hours
24 February - 10 June 2018
Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 19:00, closed on Tuesdays
Every first Thursday of the month 10:00 - 21:00
Admission Fee
14 Euro, reduced 10 Euro, free admission for children and teenagers aged 17 and under

Please note: Tickets are tied to hourly admission times (slots)

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Opened in 2017, Museum Barberini in Potsdam has become an instant success with spectacular temporary exhibitions on major topics, artists and periods of art.  more

Last edited: 15 June 2018