Die Sammlungen. The Collections. Les Collections


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”.

Currently on display:

Until April 27, 2018
Marx Collection 

The Marx Collection is presented in the Kleihues hall on the ground floor. In addition to works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Joseph Beuys, the current selection also includes works by Walter Dahn, Dexter Dalwood, Rainer Fetting, Keith Haring, Salomé and Julian Schnabel. Thus, numerous works from the 1980s are exhibited that have not been on show for a long time. 

Until April 27, 2018
Sculptures from the Collection 

On the first floor of the west wing, mainly figurative sculptures from the collection of the Nationalgalerie from the 19th century to the present day are on display. Under the title "A sculpture is a sculpture is a sculpture", more than 60 works by artists such as Hans Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Olga Jevrić, Henri Matisse, Nam June Paik, Auguste Rodin and others will be presented. 

Until April 27, 2018
Places of Longing, from Paul Gauguin to Tita Salina 

In the main building, on the first floor west, works by artists like I Made Budi, Emil Nolde, Raden Saleh and Walter Spies are on display. The selection mirrors the multifaceted art history of Indonesia and is connected to the large-scale exhibition “Hello World. Revising a Collection”. Starting point are the famous »oriental« paintings of the nineteenth century that often rendered the Orient in cliché terms, as in the case of Horace Vernet. Works by contemporary artists such as Tita Salina, who in her work has focused on the ecology of artificial islands, bring us up to the present day. 

Until April 27, 2018
Indian Modernism as Peripatetic Itinerary 

In the main building, on the first floor west, you can see a selection of works that retraces the emergence of Indian modernity in the early twentieth century, through works from the collection of the Nationalgalerie and the Museum of Asian Art placed centre stage – as preparation of the exhibition “Hello World. Revising a Collection”. Juxtaposing the political caricatures of George Grosz with those of Gaganendranath Tagore and the inclusion of works by artists from the 1950s to the present day, including Avinash Chandra, Satish Gujral, Somnath Hore and Anish Kapoor, calls into question the canon of Western art history. 

Until April 27, 2018
Performance Art, Concept Art, Media Art

The “global happening” conceived by Marta Minujín, Allan Kaprow and Wolf Vostell, to be staged simultaneously in Buenos Aires, New York and Berlin in 1966, is the point of departure for this presentation focused on global communication as an artistic medium which is connected to the upcoming exhibition “Hello World. Revising a Collection”. In addition to works by Minujín and Vostell, Guillermo Deisler, Joseph Kosuth, Nam June Paik, Mieko Shiomi and others, publications and documents related to exhibition projects in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, New York City, Caracas and Tokyo attest to the potential of communication and its various systems in creating forms of artistic expression capable of worldwide circulation. 

Until further notice
Joseph Beuys 

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
Outdoor sculptures 

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. 

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© Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Thu 26.04.2018 06:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Curator tour

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Sat 19.05.2018 03:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Public tour
More Dates : Sat 16.06.2018   Sat 21.07.2018   Sat 18.08.2018   Mehr

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On view is: Christoph Büchel, Training Ground for Training Ground for Democracy, 2007, Installation, dimensions variable, exhibition view Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2016
© Christoph Büchel und Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, gift of the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection / Photo: Thomas Bruns
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Christoph Büchel’s installation “Training Ground for Training Ground for Democracy”: on view at the Hamburger Bahnhof from 22 October 2016

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