Andrea Pichl
Values of Economy

08.11.2024 to 04.05.2025
Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

For the exhibition, Andrea Pichl has devised an architectural installation dealing with the economic transfer between West and East Germany and the transformation occurring after 1989. The public plays a role in the staged scenario, which incorporates commonplace, largely standardised and mass-produced building components and objects.

Pichl removes items and spaces from their original context, scrutinising them and inquiring which image of humanity and notion of social coexistence imbue them. How do invisible structures such as state power, flows of capital and historical upheaval manifest themselves? Where does the public sphere end and the private one begin? When does a utopian vision turn into dystopian reality?

Following Naama Tsabar’s solo show, Pichl’s spatial installation is the second exhibition of contemporary art to be shown in parallel with the permanent presentation of Joseph Beuys in Hamburger Bahnhof’s Kleihueshalle that also references his work.

The Artist Andrea Pichl

Andrea Pichl (b. 1964, lives and works in Berlin) critically examines postmodern architecture and design. This concerns social housing complexes just as much as it does grates, fences and decorative elements from the exterior space and doors, textiles and carpets in the interior one. These anonymously designed forms define, shape or demarcate space, yet their inconspicuousness makes them hardly noticeable. Based on research, Pichl produces installations, drawings and photographs. Using strategies of appropriation and transference, the artist directs the viewer’s gaze to individual components, fragments and excerpts.

Publication Accompanying the Exhibition

An edition in the Hamburger Bahnhof series, published by Silvana Editoriale Milano, accompanies the exhibition.


The exhibition is curated by Sven Beckstette, research associate at Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart.

A special exhibition by the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Joseph Beuys, Das Kapital Raum 1970–1977, Detail, 1980, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Sammlung Marx
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Thomas Bruns © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

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