Be part of cutting-edge culture at the 11th Berlin Biennale and enjoy a specially curated selection of the latest in contemporary art along with privileged access to private galleries and collections.
Experience the diversity and vibrancy of the Berlin Biennale, a three-month-long celebration of international contemporary art and artists. In addition to the Biennale, explore the city’s outstanding museums and private collections, and visit artists’ studios in trendy neighbourhoods. Visit Potsdamer Strasse, the city’s latest gallery precinct, complete with contemporary art spaces, shops and restaurants, and enjoy a day trip to Leipzig’s intriguing Spinnerei art district.
This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.
Depart Australia or New Zealand in the evening on suggested Qatar Airways flights to Berlin via Doha. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
Arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport in the afternoon on suggested flights and make your way to the hotel.
In the evening, attend a welcome briefing and dinner with your tour leader Gitte Weise and fellow travellers.
In the morning enjoy a talk by Gitte on the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art before visiting the Kunst-Werke Institute of Contemporary Art, the main location of this year’s Biennale, for the opening weekend of the exhibition. The Berlin Biennale has established itself as an open space for young artists to experiment, whilst critically examining the latest trends in the global art world. The 11th Berlin Biennale brings together an inter-generational team of four collaborating South-American female curators to produce a constellation of innovative works.
Enjoy lunch in the chic Mitte district before visiting the various venues of the Biennale. (More information to be provided once the Biennale announces exhibitions.)
Today, begin with a morning orientation tour of Berlin to discover the city’s complex history and explore how this dynamic city continually recreates itself. Begin in central Alexanderplatz, where the ever-present Fernsehturm Tower looms above the city before travelling down the monumental socialist boulevard Karl Marx Allee and visiting the Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park. Compare the diversity of east Berlin in the edgy boroughs of Kreuzberg and Neukölln, to west Berlin’s famous Kurfürstendamm Boulevard.
In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Neues Museum (New Museum), restored to its former glory in 2009. Since its reopening, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History have once again found a place to display their treasures, including the iconic bust of Nefertiti.
This evening cruise along the River Spree to admire Berlin’s varied architecture from a different angle and slip beneath the Gothic bridges before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
In the morning enjoy an art and architecture tour of the Reichstag Collection (subject to Parliament sitting dates). The building houses a treasure trove of powerful international artworks including works by Jenny Holzer, Gerhard Richter and Hans Haacke that reflect the building’s turbulent history. Then, enjoy lunch at the Kaefer Dachgarten Restaurant perched upon the Reichstag’s glass dome overlooking the city below.
In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Tiergarten Park. What were originally the private hunting grounds of the king are now a sweeping public domain including Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdured Jews of Europe. Conclude your tour at the newly renovated Palais Populaire. Interwining art, culture and sport, this ambitious project aims to bring together varied aspects of contemporary culture in an interdisciplinary fusion as part of Deutsche Bank’s global art program.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Today, join Gitte for a talk on the Künstlerhaus Bethanien before visiting the international cultural centre itself. The artist residency is found in Kreuzberg, renowned for its counterculture and multi-culturalism. Enjoy a guided tour of the artists-in-residence studios and learn how these multi-disciplinary creators, who come from various backgrounds and practices, are contributing to a lively dialogue in contemporary visual arts.
Then, continue for a walking tour through the vibrant streets of Kreuzberg before enjoying lunch at one of the local Turkish restaurants the area is renowned for.
In the afternoon, visit the Hamburger Bahnhof for a guided tour of one of the largest and most significant public collections of contemporary art in Berlin.
Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Take a short train ride from Berlin to Leipzig to spend a day exploring the Spinnerei art district. A working factory until as recently as 2000, this 19th-century cotton mill has been gradually colonised by Leipzig’s creative scene and is now regarded as the epicentre of the New Leipzig School of Art. Painter Neo Rauch, one of the first artists to settle in the building, may be one of the community’s more high-profile inhabitants, but the output of the more than 120 artists working here is diverse. The compound also contains several workshops, offices and a small cinema. Return to Berlin in the late afternoon.
Enjoy the morning at leisure before visiting the KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art. Once a brewery comprising of a series of industrial spaces, it has now been reinvented to house large-scale installations and pieces of art.
Continue to the community of studios of the Milchhof e. V. Art Group housed in an old school building where four levels of workspaces create a collaborative environment for creatives working with an array of mediums, from painters, sculptures and photographers, to performance artists and cinematography.
On the way to dinner, pause at the Berlin Wall Memorial, where the last piece of the Berlin Wall sits in front of preserved historical remnants that transport visitors back to late 1980s when the wall divided the city.
In the morning view the Boros Collection, a private collection of contemporary art with works by international artists dating from 1990 to the present.
Then visit the Deutsches Theater for a guided backstage tour of the neo-classically designed building which showcases a selection of classic and cutting-edge contemporary German theatre. Continue through the thriving and creative Mitte district on a neighbourhood walking tour of the original core of Berlin’s artistic community to experience the generating pulse of the city’s art and culture scene.
In the morning enjoy a guided tour of the Hoffmann Collection, a private art collection set over four floors in a former factory building. The collection features contemporary works of art including painting, sculpture, photography and video.
Enjoy a special farewell lunch in Mitte before spending the afternoon at leisure.
In the evening, visit Pierre Boulez Saal to attend a performance by the Boulez Ensemble of a compilation of Mozart, Mundry and Strauss. This music hall, with its impeccable acoustics and unusual structure, was designed by Frank Gehry as a recent example of Berlin’s continued approach to the avant-garde. Designed in collaboration with Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez, this example of a non-traditional concert hall was created with the intention of connecting the audience’s actively listening ears to emotions, thoughts and sensations. After the performance join Gitte and fellow travellers for farewell drinks.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
Make your way to Berlin Tegel Airport for suggested Qatar Airways flights for Australia and New Zealand via Doha. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before of after the tour.
Final payment due
13 April 2020
*Single travellers may request to share.
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Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Germany.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in a centrally located 5-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wines with dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
- Return train ticket from Berlin to Leipzig
- Lectures and talks with your tour leader, Gitte Weise
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure in Berlin
- Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, mini-bar, taxis etc.)
- Airport porterage
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Berlin – Hotel de Rome *****
N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.