A visit to the museum Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Foto ©Maria Rapela

Yesterday I was at the New National Gallery Museum (Neuenationalgalerie) in Berlin and it’s the first time I’ve been there since its reopening. The museum was closed for renovations from 2015 until last summer 2021. The current temporary exhibition is by American artist Barbara Kruger, known for her political and feminist art installations and texts.
The installation, which occupies the entire main floor of the building, runs through August 28, 2022.
On the first floor, there is an exhibition of art from 1900 to 1945, starting from the idea of how the cities and the rapid changes of the early 20th century influenced the various art movements of the 20th century. As time progresses, the impact of two world wars on the European continent is reflected in the art of several generations of artists. The exhibition includes important works of German Expressionism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism, among others.

Foto ©Maria Rapela

Spanish version

Ayer estuve en el Museo Nueva Galería Nacional (Neuenationalgalerie) de Berlín y es la primera vez que voy desde su reapertura. El museo estuvo cerrado por remodelaciones desde 2015 hasta el verano 2021.


La exposición temporal actual es de la artista estadounidense Barbara Kruger, conocida por sus instalaciones de arte y textos políticos y feministas. La instalación que ocupa toda la planta principal del edificio, estará hasta el 28 de agosto 2022.

En la planta baja, hay una exposición de arte de 1900 hasta 1945, partiendo de la idea de como las ciudades y los cambios rápidos de inicios de siglo XX influenciaron los variados movimientos artísticos del SXX. Conforme se avanza en el tiempo, queda reflejado el impacto de dos guerras mundiales en el continente europeo y en el arte de varias generaciones de artistas. En la exposición se pueden obras importantes del expresionismo alemán, cubismo, dadaísmo y surrealismo entre otros.

Peace and Fruits – Art Exhibition in Berlin

Exhibition and Culture Program

Exhibition in the context of
of the Kultur Salon Berlin #23


Where: Forum Factory
Address: Besselstraße 13-14,
10969 Berlin


Opening: June 11
from 18:00-22:00


Start of the stage program
at 20:00 – 10€ –


Finissage exhibition: 21 June 2022
from 16:00 to 22:00



How can one make an exhibition about fruits when there is a threat of a 3rd world war?
With the thought of peace and love, Peace and Fruit was born, a call for peace and joy of an exhibition where love, peace and fruit are our drive and motivation.
A call for peace and to remember that there are beautiful and rich things in life.
Come, discover the artists and buy art.




Rosaana Velasco
Edurne Herrán
Maria Rapela
Laura Leiner
Mara Mahía
Helena Her
Clara Joris
Lady Gaby

Karina Villavicencio Foto: © Paula Reissig, PAF 2019

from 20:00h – 10€

Zori Ameliko (Ukrainian bandura vocals)
Metissia (Music / crossover/ fusion)
Mariluz (Oriental dance/ flamenco)
Karina Villavicencio (Performance)
Daria Leere (Electronic wave)
Lady Gaby (Performance)
Liliana Cobos (Music)
Chaya (Oriental dance)

A collaboration of

Kultur Salon Berlin coordination
Stefan Höppe


Exhibition coordination
Maria Rapela


Flyer design: Maria Rapela


Peace art Watermelon: Sandía_Paz ©Edurne Herrán

Deutsche version siehe unten

Ausstellung und Kultur Programm

Ausstellung im Rahmen
des Kultur Salons Berlin #23

Wo: Forum Factory
Adresse: Besselstraße 13-14,
10969 Berlin


Eröffnung: 11. Juni
vom 18:00-20:00 Uhr


Start des Bühnenprogramms
um 20 Uhr


Finissage Ausstellung: 21. Juni 2022
vom 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
Maria Rapela

Maria Rapela, Watermelon II 2014, @VG Bild


Wie kann man eine Ausstellung über Früchte machen, wenn ein 3. Weltkrieg droht?
Mit dem Gedanken an Frieden und Liebe wurde Peace and Fruit geboren, ein Aufruf zum Frieden und zur Freude an einer Ausstellung, bei der Liebe, Frieden und Früchte unser Antrieb und unsere Motivation sind.

Ein Aufruf zum Frieden und zur Erinnerung daran, dass es schöne und reiche Dinge im Leben gibt.
Kommen Sie vorbei, entdecken Sie die Künstlerinnen und kaufen Sie Kunst.



Rosaana Velasco
Edurne Herrán
Maria Rapela
Laura Leiner
Mara Mahía
Helena Her
Clara Joris
Lady Gaby


ab 20:00Uhr – 10€


Zori Ameliko (ukrainischer Bandura-Gesang)
Metissia (Musik / Crossover/ Fusion)
Mariluz (Orientalischer Tanz/ Flamenco)
Karina Villavicencio (Performance)
Daria Leere (Electronic wave)
Lady Gaby (Performance)
Liliana Cobos (Musik)
Chaya (Orientalischer Tanz)

Eine Zusammenarbeit von

Kunst Salon Berlin koordination
Stefan Höppe


Ausstellung Koordination Maria Rapela


Design  Flyer Maria Rapela


Frieden Wassermelone Art: Sandía_Paz ©Edurne Herrán


Exhibitions in Berlin: “Affordable Art Market“ 21-22th May

On the weekend of May 21-22, 2022, the “Affordable Art Market“ will take place for the second time in Berlin. The art fair is coordinated by Sofia Nordman and Jose Contreras Aguado who are also artists and have their workshops located in the spaces of Monopol Berlin. This space is a old distillery, converted into a cultural, event and performance space, in addition to hosting artists‘ workshops, food services, technology and sustainability spaces.


Give and invest in Art

If you want original gifts for special people or you like to invest in art, “Affordable Art Market“ emerges as a proposal to bring the public closer to the work of more than 100 artists based in Berlin. The price of the works varies from 10€ to 650€.

About 110 national and international artists will be showing their work at this fair and you will be able to take home a unique work.

About some of the participating artists

United Forms 2015, Maria Rapela © Vg Bild

I will also be exhibiting some acrylics on paper that I like very much in 29,7 x 42 cm format and that I have made in different periods. These works correspond to the alone together serie and other searches of varied forms, colors and expression.

Among the artists I know, there will also be the Galician writer Mara Mahía with her Maragramas and the Argentinean painter Duna Rolando.

I asked Duna what she will be exhibiting and she told me that she will be exhibiting works from 2 different series. One about the autobiographical portraits of her childhood painted on some sheets that she managed to keep from her family and that served her to inquire about childhood and family memories.

©Duna Rolando

The second series are 5 small paintings on canvas, original works that were used to illustrate Samantha Schweblin’s book “La respiración cavernaria“.


Among the images are the hands of Lola – the main character of the book – and a pot of aloe vera cream, both images have important meanings for Duna in her reflection on the women in her family.


On the other hand, I asked Mara about what she planned to exhibit and she told me that she will exhibit a series of Maragrams, a series that she has been producing for years with typographic stamps on paper and that she defines as follows:


“Maragrams are an exercise in prestidigitation. They arise from my determination to juggle with graphemes, to change their course to discover a new world“. Then she says: “Maragrams show that words have souls, that inside them there is a certain natural origin, a nervous system of invisible relationships that connect any variation of their letters. When I string together “maragrams,“ I shake up established concepts and I am happy.“


©Mara Mahía

You will also be able to see the work of 100 other artists.



Date: May 21st and 22nd 2022
Between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m.
Place: Monopol Berlin
Provinzstraße. 40-44
13409 Berlin

More info and registration on BAAM’s Instagram @baam.berlin


This article was originally published in Spanish in Una tica en berlin.  And was translated with Deeple.

Exhibition of Indian photographer Dayanita Singh at the Gropius Bau, Berlin

Dayanita Singh in the Gropius Bau, Berlin. Copyright ©Maria Rapela, 2022

Title of the exhibition: Dancing with my camera
From March 18 to July 7, 2022
Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin


Last Friday, the exhibition of the Indian photographer Dayanita Singh opened at the Gropius Bau in Berlin and I was there.

The intersection between photography, the love of books and the quests to make photography more accessible to the public, mobile museums/archives emerge, like a big book. If photography circulates easily through books, how can it do so in space. That is why Dayanita has created her mobile museums where a large archive of her work can be found and can change shape depending on the space.


In the exhibition, which runs until July 7, 2022 at the Gropius Bau, you can have access to various series of documentary photography, portraits, architecture that the photographer has made in more than 40 decades of work.


Musical tours, family scenes, a series of trans people, boys and girls in India in the 20th and 21st century. Some intimate scenes are memorable.
I was fortunate to be able to meet the artist and portray her.

Exhibition Dayanita Singh, Gropius Bau, Berlin. Copyright ©Maria Rapela, 2022

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(spanish version)

El viernes pasado inauguró la muestra de la fotógrafa de la India Dayanita Singh en el Gropius Bau de Berlín.


Título de la exposición: Dancing with my camera
Del 18 marzo al 7 de julio 2022
Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlín


La intersección entre fotografía, el amor por los libros y las búsquedas de hacer más accesible la fotografía al público, surgen museos/archivos móviles, como un libro grande. Si la fotografía circula fácilmente a través de los libros, como puede hacerlo en el espacio. Para eso Dayanita ha creado sus museos móviles donde se encuentra un gran archivo de sus trabajos y que puede cambiar de forma según el espacio.


En la muestra que estará hasta el 7 de julio 2022 en el Gropius Bau, se puede tener acceso a varias series de fotografía documental, retratos, de arquitectura que la fotógrafa ha realizado en más de 40 décadas de trabajo. Tours musicales, escenas familiares, una serie de personas trans, niños y niñas en la India del sXX y XXI. Algunas escenas íntimas son memorables.
Tuve la suerte de poder encontrar a la artista y retratarla.

Foto: © Maria Rapela

Short Documentary about the artists from Taumel der Tatsache exhibition, July 2021, Berlin

Frequently, an art exhibition brings together the works of artists, but the reasons and the artistic proposal of those who present their work are not always well understood. Delving into these reasons and why can help to better understand the background of the work.

In this well-made 20-minute video documentary, filmmaker Chrysanthi Goula visited the artists Maria Rapela, Nina Heimlich, Amelia Nin, Birgit Fechner and Nora Sturm in their studios and organised a series of questions to probe into the work and realisation of each artist’s work. The result is a short documentary that shows and reveals aspects of the work, reflection and expression of the visual artists during an exhibition in July 2021 at the K salon, Berlin-kreuzberg.

The exhibition was realised in the context of Art Up’s support programme for artists and mentorshiops, Erfolg im team.

Artists who appear in the video and their respective websites:

Maria Rapela – http://mariarapela.com

Nina Heimlich – https://ninaheimlich.com

Amelia Nin – https://amelianin.com

Birgit Fechner – https://birgit-fechner.de

Nora Sturm – https://www.norasturm.art/

Pop-up Exhibition at The Ballery – Berlin

Photo/Design: Maria Rapela

“The Ballery invites you to an artist reception and the preview of our second pop-up art exhibition of the summer. This exhibition will feature the works of Berlin based artists. There is no theme to the exhibition.

Artist have been asked to present works that best introduce their artistic vision and practice. Every summer in a series of short pop-up style exhibitions, The Ballery invites new artists to share their works with new audiences.“

Opening hours:

Vernissage/Opening: 20th August 18hr – 21hr

Saturday 21st August 13hr – 19hr

Saturday 28th August 13hr – 19hr

or make an appointment for all other times.

All artworks will be featured in the Ballery online store. Visit the store and the artwork at this link: https://theballery.com/shop/

Particpating artists:

Amrita Dhillon
Andrea D’Angelo
Anja W
Callum Leo Hughes
Camille Schaeffer
Camille Theodet
Candy Bassas
Cecilia Lo
Clara Saak
D.Jozef Chroscinski
Elisabeth Mochner
Emeline Mottais
Emmanuelle Wilhem
Ernst van Hoek
Florian Tenk
Gawie Joubert
Gerrit Astor
Javier Benito
Lucas NGO
Hannah Lansburgh
Magdalena Piech
Maria Rapela
Marta Straskas
Max Stedfield
Rolf Czulius
Sabrina Bartolozzi
Tan Kadam
Zeno Spyropoulos
Zinghoi, Wong

Participating in a virtual reality workshop

Participating in a virtual reality workshop from home © Maria Rapela 2021

The other day I had the opportunity to participate in some introductory workshops on virtual reality and extended reality given by the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin).
In addition to formal computer studies, they research and bring technology closer to artists who need or want to experiment with new technologies.

The Aurora School for Artists supports artists and people in the creative industries in the development of a project or with further studies.

It was very interesting to learn about technologies that may be more affordable in the future. I was also able to live a virtual reality experience directly, as they were organized to bring the glasses to the participants‘ homes. We saw a project of about 7mn called Here we are – A touring torture (2018) from the Swan collective.

We were also able to meet some artists like Carly Lave (Golem Labor) who have already been researching and developing projects in these fields, bringing together various disciplines such as dance/performance and virtual reality.

XR_Unites is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Reinforcing Innovation Potential in Culture II program, with the kind support of the Senate Department of Culture and Europe.


Maria Rapela Foto -
Experimentando la realidad virtual © Maria Rapela 2021

Participando en un taller de realidad virtual

El otro día tuve la oportunidad de participar en unos talleres de introducción a la realidad virtual y la realidad extendida impartidos por la Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas de Berlín ( Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin).
Además de los estudios formales de informática, investigan y acercan la tecnología a los artistas que necesitan o quieren experimentar con las nuevas tecnologías.

La Aurora School for Artists apoya a los artistas y a las personas de las industrias creativas en el desarrollo de un proyecto o con estudios de formación continua.

Fue muy interesante conocer las tecnologías que pueden ser más asequibles en el futuro.
y poder vivir una experiencia directamente, ya que se organizaron para llevar las gafas a las casas de los participantes.
También pudimos conocer a algunos artistas como Carly Lave (Golem Labor) que ya han estado investigando y desarrollando proyectos en estos ámbitos, aunando varias disciplinas como la danza/performance y la realidad virtual.

XR_Unites está financiado por el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) en el marco del programa Reforzar el potencial de innovación en la cultura II, con el amable apoyo del Departamento de Cultura y Europa del Senado.

Maria Rapela is an artist and photographer of artistic events, documentation, artwork photography and portraits.

Maria Rapela Artviewer

From the glaciers serie. Artist: Gailla / Foto Maria Rapela

Since last year I’ve been posting photos on Instagram about exhibitions or museums I visit, friends exhibitions and artworks from customers I take pictures of.

I have been taking photos for years when I go to exhibitions or museums, and the time had come to bring them to light.

Artwork photography in Berlin

On the other hand, I have also decided to offer the service of artwork photography to whoever needs it here in Berlin.

Many artists don’t have the equipment or the time to properly photograph their work and so, I help them with that task.

Here are some photos I recently took of artists brothers Alex and John Gailla. As they are planning to make a new website, they needed good photos and also some portraits.

It’s a series on glaciers. Gailla says that one day they had the opportunity to fly over the glaciers in Switzerland, their homeland. It is what inspired them to work on this triptych.

Follow me on Instagram: @maria_rapela_artviewer

More info about photography art objects and painting here: mariarapelafoto.com

Artist duo: Gailla / Foto: ©Maria Rapela, 2021

Resumen en español.

Desde hace mucho que siempre tomaba fotos en las exposiciones, registraba todo y quería llevármelo con las fotos a la casa. Pero desde el año pasado empecé a publicar este tipo de fotos en Instagram, del arte que veo, de otros y otras artistas. También publico las fotos de las obras de clientes que necesitan fotos buenas de sus obras para la web y que no tienen o el equipo o el tiempo para hacerlo de manera profesional.

El otro día le tomé fotos a los trabajos de los hermanos Gailla, porque están pensando hacerse una web nueva. Los hermanos, originarios de Suiza y desde hace unos años en Berlín, sobrevolaron en alguna ocasión unos glaciares de los Alpes y eso los inspiró a trabajar en esta serie – tríptico.

Sigueme en Instagram: @maria_rapela_artviewer

Más información sobre fotografía de obras de arte: mariarapelafoto.com