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True North explores the legacy of Northern Romantic landscape painting in contemporary video and photography. Drawn largely from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the works in this exhibition, unlike their Romantic antecedents, are largely historically and politically self-reflexive, and call into question the notion of a sublime, unchangeable North—a notion visualized most famously in the heroic images of nineteenth-century landscape photography and painting, both in Europe and in North America. Rather than assert a specifically Northern essence or truth, this presentation builds on the idea that our visions of the North are structured through our own relative positions outside of, and away from what Rebecca Solnit calls places of “high altitude and high latitude.”
True North examines our multivalent and unstable relationships to Northern sites, which have been inextricably tied up with twentieth-century narratives of technological and cultural “progress.” A fantastical place of fear, desire, refuge, conquest, and decay, the North has offered a wealth of inspiration to artists interested in the socio-cultural and political issues of colonization and pollution, as well as aesthetic notions of the sublime. True North features the work of seven artists whose work has been intimately linked with Northern climes: Stan Douglas, Olafur Eliasson, Elger Esser, Thomas Flechtner, Roni Horn, Armin Linke, and Orit Raff—and includes spaces devoted to Douglas’s large-scale video installation, Nu•tka• (1999) as well as Horn’s lyrical series of photographs entitled Pi (1997–98).


Jennifer Blessing, Guggenheim Museum New York


Deutsche Guggenheim
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin

Opening hours

Daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursdays to 10 p.m.
Including Deutsche Guggenheim SHOP and Deutsche Guggenheim CAFE

Catalogue and Edition

On the occasion of the exhibition, the catalogue True North will be published in German and English (29 Euro).

Edition No. 42, The Idea of North, contains Glenn Gould’s eponymous radio broadcast, supplemented here, for the first time, with excerpts from Judith Pearlman’s well-known television documentary as well as from Gould’s exposition of his approach, Radio as Music.
Presented in an “ice box”, Edition of 150. The edition can be purchased exclusively at the Deutsche Guggenheim SHOP of the Deutsche Guggenheim for 150 Euro (CLUB, Ambassador € 120), under (030) 20 20 93 -15 /-16.


Adults € 4
reduced € 3
Children under 12 Admission free
School classes Admission free
School classes with guided tours € 25
Groups up to 20 € 35
Family Card € 8
Mondays Admission free

Guided tours

Free Guided tours: Daily at 6 p.m.
Lunch Lectures: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Guided tours on selected themes followed by a small lunch)
Keynote Tours: Sundays at 11.30 a.m. (Guided tours on special themes followed by brunch)

Special guided tours, tours in foreign languages, and tours for school classes are available. Please call (030) 20 20 93-14

Deutsche Guggenheim Club

Information on Deutsche Guggenheim’s friendship circle at our homepage or at (030) 202093-19.

Deutsche Guggenheim SHOP

700 articles: catalogues, design articles, toys, etc.
Deutsche Guggenheim SHOP

Deutsche Guggenheim CAFE

Drinks, brunch/snacks: varying menu.

Public transport to the exhibition

Subway Stadtmitte (U2) or Französische Straße (U6)
S-Bahn Unter den Linden (S1, S2) or Friedrichstraße (S3, S5, S7, S9, S75)
Bus No.100, 147, 200
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