The Palais de Lomé was constructed as the German colonial governor’s residence in Togo in 1905. Now it’s the anchor of a 26-acre art and culture park. (ARTnews, 12/28/23)

Germany and France have established a €2.1 million, three-year fund to research the provenance of African heritage objects in their national museums—potentially preparing the ground for these objects’ return.  (The Guardian, 1/19/24)

The year 2024 marks Caspar David Friedrich’s 250th birthday, so get ready for a slew of special exhibitions. The first retrospective, at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, has an appealing contemporary twist.  (The Art Newspaper, 1/3/24; artnet, 1/8/24)

“This is art from the crucible of modern barbarism, the sickening aftermath of an idiotic war that left behind festering misery, broken bodies, shattered souls and political chaos.” “Max Beckmann: The Formative Years” is showing at NYC’s Neue Galerie through January 15.  (Hyperallergic, 10/19/23; The Washington Post, 12/15/23)

“Inside the former Wismut mining company in Germany are thousands of artworks, painted while the company secretly mined uranium for Soviet atomic bombs.”  (The Guardian, 9/21/23)

Berlin’s iconic Kino International, “a jewel of East German modernism,” turns 60 years old on November 15.  (Exberliner, 11/15/23)

Stucco in the past: Here’s a brief history of Berlin’s building façades, from the Gründerzeit to the present.  (Exberliner, 5/15/23)

Rafaël Newman considers the tumultuous lifespan of painter Max Liebermann (1847–1935) and an intriguing new exhibit at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, “Roads Not Taken,” on key caesuras in German history between 1989 and 1848.  (3 Quarks Daily, 1/30/23)

Beautiful! “German photographer Jan Prengel looks beyond still life—instead capturing flowers and plant stems in motion, over an exposure time of 2–3 seconds.”  (Aesthetica, 1/19/23)

Sebastian Smee contemplates Two Men Contemplating the Moon, one of Caspar David Friedrich’s best-known masterpieces.  (The Washington Post, 1/4/23)