Hello World. Revising a Collection

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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

„Hello World. Revising a Collection“ is a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus: What could the collection look like today, had an understanding characterised its concept of art, and consequently also its genesis, that was more open to the world? How might the canon and the art historical narratives themselves have changed through a widening and multiplication of perspectives? With these questions as starting points, the exhibition unfolds in 13 thematic chapters as a many-voiced collaboration of internal and external curators, encompassing the whole exhibition space of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

The collection is the foundation of a museum, which itself is shaped by contingent political and cultural conditions. As an institution, the Nationalgalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin today encompasses five museums: Alte Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. Founded in 1861, its extensive holdings date from the late eighteenth century to the present and reflect the ups and downs over this period. The collection had many of its artworks classified as “degenerate” by the Nazis, a verdict which inevitably led to their removal or destruction. Germany’s division after World War II also left its traces: while the Nationalgalerie in the west of Berlin shifted its attention to Western European and North American art, the Nationalgalerie in the eastern part of the city concentrated on German art.

The exhibition “Hello World” aims to reflect the character of the collection, marked by these complexities and multiple ruptures. Instead of constructing a linear development of history of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, works of the collection provide points of departure for thirteen narratives, which range from the retracing of vestiges of history to the associative intertwinement of thought lines and pictorial worlds. The exhibition focuses on moments of transcultural exchange, artistic collaboration and border-crossings that become apparent through figures such as Marta Minujin, Tomoyoshi Murayama, Wolfgang Paalen, Walter Spies, Rabindranath Tagore or Heinrich Vogeler. It offers insight into the processes of appropriation and transformation which inform ideas, attitudes and objects. It alludes to both historical museum concepts and current, future-oriented museum models. It presents alternative and hybrid forms of artistic production, scrutinises the blind spots in traditional historiography as well as the consequences of colonialism and underscores the relationships which are capable of accelerating the deconstruction of the Western canon. And it asks the question: How can the Nationalgalerie further develop the pluri-vocal curatorial concepts introduced in the exhibition in order to do justice to worldwide artistic exchange?

More than 200 works from the holdings of the Nationalgalerie are supplemented with c. 150 works on loan from other collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, including the Ethnologisches Museum, Kunstbibliothek, Kupferstichkabinett, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Zentralarchiv, the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. In addition, 400 artworks, magazines and documents are presented in the exhibition from other national and international collections. All in all, the show features works by more than 250 artists.

The exhibition was developed by Udo Kittelmann with Sven Beckstette, Daniela Bystron, Jenny Dirksen, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Gabriele Knapstein, Melanie Roumiguière and Nina Schallenberg for the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, with contributions from guest curators Zdenka Badovinac, Eugen Blume, Clémentine Deliss, Natasha Ginwala and Azu Nwagbogu.

“Hello World” comprises an extensive public programme with performances, workshops, discussions, concerts, artist talks and tours. An Unfinished Glossary structures the events according to 11 concepts that offer alternative ways of accessing the exhibition. In summer 2018, Nationalgalerie and Hirmer Verlag are publishing an exhibition catalogue in English and German language versions.

A temporary exhibition by the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of its Global Museum initiative.

Media partner: arte, rbb kulturradio, Tagesspiegel, Tip, Zitty

Download: Booklet "Hello World" (PDF, 422 KB)

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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Tue 17.07.2018 12:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Public tour
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Marina Nuñez del Prado: Venus Negra, 1958. Aufnahme: Im Skulpturengarten der Neuen Nationalgalerie
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Reinhard Friedrich
Language
(in Spanish)

Tue 17.07.2018 04:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Public tour
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Wed 18.07.2018 12:00 pm
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Wed 18.07.2018 04:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Thu 19.07.2018 12:00 pm
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Gestaltung: Timo Hinze und Paul Spehr
Values
(in Polish)

Thu 19.07.2018 04:00 pm
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Public tour
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© Katharina Marszewski

Thu 19.07.2018 06:00 pm
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Running-dialogue tour

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Fri 20.07.2018 12:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
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© Mladen Stilinovic‘s Estate, Zagreb / Boris Cvjetanović
Networks
(in English)

Fri 20.07.2018 04:00 pm
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© courtesy Augustin Maurs
Music Composed in the Hills and Valleys of Armenia & The Dilijan Transcriptions (in English)

Fri 20.07.2018 07:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Expert talk | Concert

© Mladen Stilinovic‘s Estate, Zagreb / Boris Cvjetanović
Power
(in English)

Sat 21.07.2018 12:00 pm
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Sat 21.07.2018 02:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
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© Mladen Stilinovic‘s Estate, Zagreb / Boris Cvjetanović
Echo
(in English)

Sun 22.07.2018 12:00 pm
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Sun 22.07.2018 02:00 pm
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Gestaltung: Timo Hinze und Paul Spehr
Language
(in Turkish)

Tue 24.07.2018 04:00 pm
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Public tour
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© Silvina Der Mergueditchian

Thu 26.07.2018 02:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Gestaltung: Timo Hinze und Paul Spehr
Values
(in Arabic)

Thu 26.07.2018 04:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Public tour
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Thu 26.07.2018 06:00 pm
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Curator tour

© Lizza May David

Sun 29.07.2018 02:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Thu 02.08.2018 04:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Public tour

© Mladen Stilinovic‘s Estate, Zagreb / Boris Cvjetanović
I
(in English)

Thu 02.08.2018 05:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Public tour

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Gestaltung: Timo Hinze und Paul Spehr
Me
(in Polish)

Thu 02.08.2018 05:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Public tour

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Thomas Bruns
Talk with Nana Adusei-Poku and Joël Andrianomearisoa
(in English)

Thu 02.08.2018 06:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Artist talk

© 2012 Adrian Vickers. Nachdruck aus „Balinese Art“ von Adrian Vickers. Herausgegeben von Tuttle Publishing, Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd
GHOSTS
Learning to Live with Ghosts. A workshop to think about haunting pasts in the present. Theory workshop with Margareta von Oswald (anthropologist, Berlin) in conversation with Anna-Catharina Gebbers (curator, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin)(in English)

Sun 05.08.2018 02:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier
Closer to Home. Performance workshop with Gabriel Rossell Santillán (artist, Berlin / Mexiko) (in English)

Sat 11.08.2018 11:00 am
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Sat 11.08.2018 03:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Thu 16.08.2018 06:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Running-dialogue tour

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Tue 24.07.2018 11:00 am
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (several days)

© Juliane Schmidt

Tue 17.07.2018 10:00 am
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (several days)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Thu 02.08.2018 04:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier

Sun 05.08.2018 02:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt

Sun 19.08.2018 02:00 pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Workshop (one-day)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier
Einfluss: Aufstellen, Umstellen, Umdenken?


Workshop

© Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt
Geister: Hier liegt was in der Luft!


Ausstellungsgespräch

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Uli Klose
Ich: Das habe ich so noch nie gesehen


Workshop

Konstruktive Unsicherheiten


Ausstellungsgespräch

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker
Macht: Eine Gesellschaft erfinden


Workshop

© Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Anika Büssemeier
Sprache: Wer hat hier das Sagen?


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