Imagine listening to the music in the open air between the sculptures by Bernhard Heiliger, Henri Laurens, Gerhard Marcks, and Auguste Renoir. Inspired by the current exhibition The Art of Society, the Neue Nationalgalerie is bringing back its tradition from the 70-80s, when it held jazz concerts in a sculpture garden. It takes place every Saturday throughout the month of August, with a closing night on the first Saturday of September.
When the Neue Nationalgalerie opened its doors on September 15th in 1968, music in the museum was a very unusual combination, but the idea was so well-received that a new format of events emerged out of the opening night – The Jazz in the Garden. For decades, the concert series have inspired intellectuals, artists, and all kinds of jazz fans. World stars like Keith Jarrett, Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream performed in the museum’s sculpture garden.
This year, The Jazz in the Garden turns into The Sound in the Garden. First time since 1986, the Neue Nationalgalerie brings the concerts series it once hosted back. The best perk is that the concertgoers can also visit The Art of Society exhibition between 19:00 to 22:00, which normally is closed during the evening hours.
There are two concerts left in the series. Next Saturday, August 27th, at 19:00, you will have a chance to see caner teker moving to the beats of the musician Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi. A performance by caner teker is based on the movements of Turkish oil wrestling, an old tradition when the participants wrestled covered in oil. He will dance to a DJ set by Nkisi, which is known for meshing hard techno and gabber beats with pan-African drum rhythms and Central and West African club tracks. What’s even more intriguing is the location of the set – the audience will get to watch the performance in the dark underground of the museum. You can prepare yourself for the caner’s immersive ritual by watching his other dance projects here.
The closing concert on Saturday, September 4th, 16:00 – 18:00, is free and will feature the Deep Gold ensemble. Renown musician Hans Jörn Brandenburg put the band together only for this special occasion. They will be performing the music from the film by Julian Rosefeldt Deep Gold, a black-and-white short that pays homage to Luis Buñuel's surrealist classic L'Âge d'Or (1930), as well as some pieces from the play Oben und Unten by Kurt Schwitters from 1929. Before or after the concert, we recommend going in the museum and seeing the Rosefeldt’s film on a big screen – it’s surreally odd but intriguing. You’ll get transported to Berlin in the 1920s, into a night club, where the parallel worlds interact. Make sure to book your free ticket for the closing concert in advance.