early August 2013 until further notice
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
The collections of the Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof show the artistic tendencies from 1960 to the present day. Since the opening of the museum in 1996, the presentation of the Marx Collection with works by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, has been of particular importance – in addition to the Nationalgalerie’s holdings of important works by artists such as Dieter Roth, Bruce Nauman and Carolee Scheemann. Based on these pioneers of traversing traditional art forms, the museum’s exhibitions and programmes focus on the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art. In addition, the collection presentations also show works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection and the Marzona Collection. The holdings are presented in thematic exhibitions as well as varying collection presentations under the title “The Collections. The Collections. Les Collections”.
The Human Rights of the Eye
A Pictorial Atlas for the Sammlung Marx
In 1982, an exhibition opened at the Neue Nationalgalerie with works by Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol from the Sammlung Marx. With works by Anselm Kiefer and other artists later added, the Sammlung Marx has been an important point of focus at the Hamburger Bahnhof since 1996. What cyan (Daniela Haufe and Detlef Fiedler) are doing in their collage works in an associative manner is to foreground the cultural and sociopolitical interdependencies of the shown works. Drawing together a broad selection of images and objects from different epochs and cultural contexts, their work is reminiscent of the tableaux art historian Aby Warburg assembled in the early twentieth century for his research into the afterlife of antiquity. The title, The Human Rights of the Eye, recalls Warburg’s postulate that art must be exempt from the demands of social norms. What the collages also allude to is Andy Warhol’s unique documentation of his creative activities, the Time Capsules (1974–87). Whether it is Warburg’s tableaux, Warhol’s Time Capsules or cyan’s collages, this juxtaposition of images and objects is marked by an openness which invites viewers to pursue in pictorial terms a multitude of references rather than hasten to fixed conclusions.
Until further notice
In the west wing, major works by Joseph Beuys are on permanent display, including The End of the 20th Century, Tram Stop, Tallow, and Directional Forces of a New Society. Since 2016, the worldwide unique presentation of large-format sculptures by the German artist has been expanded into the Kleihues hall. The most recent acquisition of collector Erich Marx, the environment The Capital Room 1970–1977, created in 1980 by Beuys for the Venice Biennale, is permanently installed there. The work, as its title indicates, refers to Beuys’ conceptual work, above all to his new concept of capital, which he developed discussing Karl Marx. Talking with the audience during documenta 5 and 6, Beuys had worked out this term, among other things, which no longer referred to the economic, but to the human intellectual-creative capacity. In this respect, Beuys equated art as a model expression of creative power (art = creativity) with capital (art = capital). The 36 blackboards on the back wall of the room bear witness to this discursive process. The instruments, utensils, dried gelatine and blackboards on the floor relate to two actions performed by Beuys in Basel and Edinburgh in 1970.
Until further notice
Sculptures and – partly walk-in – installations by Georg Baselitz, Urs Fischer, Robert Indiana, John Knight, Bruce Nauman and Franz West, are on display outside, in front of and behind the museum building. A light installation by American artist Dan Flavin also belongs to the building. In 1996, Flavin designed the fluorescent tubes with blue and green fluorescent light especially for the façade and the historical side wings of the museum.
S-Bahn S5, S7, S75
Tram M5, M8, M10
Bus TXL, 120, 123, 142, 147, 245, M41, M85, N20, N40
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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Last admission and ticket sales 30 minutes before closing time.
10,00 EUR Concessions 5,00
Annual ticket Basic permanent exhibitions, certain times
Museum Pass Berlin 3 days for permanent exhibitions
29,00 EUR Concessions 14,50
Annual ticket Classic temporary exhibitions not included
50,00 EUR Concessions 25,00
Annual ticket Classic Plus all exhibitions
100,00 EUR Concessions 50,00