early August 2013 to until further notice Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
The collection of Erich Marx is closely bound up with the history of the Hamburger Bahnhof. Following the comprehensive remodelling of the former railway terminus by architect Josef Paul Kleihues and the construction of a large barrel-vaulted painting gallery to the east, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart opened in 1996 with the Marx Collection. The core of the collection revolves around works by world-famous artists of the second half of the 20th century, such as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, from whom Erich Marx acquired groups of works of the highest quality. To this selection he continually added new works by contemporary male and female artists.
“The most important thing to me is that people, by virtue of their products, have experience of how they can contribute to the whole and not only produce articles but become a sculptor or architect of the whole social organism. The future social order will take its shape from compatibility with the theoretical principles of art.” Joseph Beuys 1973
Christoph Büchel Training Ground for Training Ground for Democracy 22.10.2016 – 29.01.2017
To mark 20 years of the Hamburger Bahnhof, which was inaugurated on 1 November 1996 as a further major branch of the Nationalgalerie, Christoph Büchel’s installation “Training Ground for Training Ground for Democracy” is on view in the main hall. The work is part of the generous donations by Friedrich Christian Flick to the Nationalgalerie and is being shown here for the first time since its creation in 2007 at Art Basel Miami Beach. Coinciding with the presidential elections in the USA on 8 November 2016, the installation raises questions about the running and lawfulness of democratic elections and about access to the ballot. Its siting of a polling station in a dystopian kindergarten is part of an interrogation of political, military, legal and cultural scenarios in American society that the artist has been pursuing for many years. The voting booths in the interior of the container, which is surrounded by fencing and fitted with surveillance cameras, make reference to the US election campaign of 2000, from which George W. Bush emerged as President by a very narrow margin. Suspended amidst the remains of a children’s party on the roof of the container, which is accessible via a ladder, is a leaflet bomb of the kind used to deliver propaganda material as part of psychological warfare. The Christmas decorations call to mind ubiquitous manifestations of hypercapitalism and the ambivalent holiday mood in US military camps.
Opening times on public holidays Plan your visit The Kleihueshalle will be closed from 7 November to 2 December 2016 due to modifications. Major works from the collection by Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol will be on view again in the Kleihueshalle as of December 2016.