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Bernhard Schulz

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From the archive

The demolition of the Berlin Wall had immediate effects on German life. But how did it affect artists?

By far the most comprehensive artistic testimony were paintings in what immediately became known as the East Side Gallery

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From the archive

Throughout the Cold War Berlin’s museums quietly kept in touch—when the Wall came down, they embraced

This archive article, taken from our feature looking back at the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years later, shows how German culture remained linked when politics broke down

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Books

How Rheims Cathedral's destruction in the First World War had a happy ending

New book explores how the burnt cathedral created a 'profound intellectual rift' between Germany and France, then reconciliation

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A monumental study of the heyday of Historicist painting

This comprehensive volume looks at a genre popular in 19th-century Europe but long scorned in the art world

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Many pictures but no big picture: book struggles to capture the extraordinary life of Harald Szeemann

Volume on pioneering curator takes an admiring, rather than a critically analytical, approach

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How Uffizi 'super-director' Eike Schmidt transformed Florence's tourist magnet

The museum's first foreign leader is halfway through his tenure and heading to Vienna in 2019

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The very first Monuments Man

Alexandre Lenoir, the founder of the Musée des Monuments Français

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Forgotten history: Bernhard Schulz on contemporary art museum in Berlin after the war

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Short, sharp—and funny: Bernhard Schulz on Adolph Menzel

To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, a book celebrates Adolph Menzel as the “painter of modern life”

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Obituaries

Hilla Becher, a photographer who stripped personal style from images of Industrial Age machine structures

Is it possible to imagine a blast furnace or a gas holder any other way than as the Bechers saw it—set against a blank and cloudless light-grey sky?

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Lost libraries and broken Buddhas: war, iconoclasm and social media

The history of cultural destruction as a propaganda tool

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Kazimir Malevich

It's complicated: Tate on Kazimir Malevich and the West

As a touring show opens at Tate Modern, is a rounded picture finally emerging?

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Exhibitions

National Portrait Gallery joins a season of shows marking the centenary of the Great War

Our pick of the exhibitions commemorating the First World War

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Joseph Beuys

The scholarly battle over Beuys

Let’s admit it: without the artist to explain and animate his work, much of it is incomprehensible

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Books

Books: The saviour of the Warburg Institute

Alongside Warburg, there was no room for Fritz Saxl to be anything other than his most faithful assistant

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Books: How Warburg helped to invent the exhibition—and the curator

The art historian’s collected writings include an illuminating essay drawn from his dazzling, lengthy lectures

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Museums

Berlin’s museums are still suffering from the effects of World War II and forty years of Communism

British architect David Chipperfield has pacified both conservatives and progressives with his masterplan for the Museum Island which links the museums by underground tunnels