• FEB 04 to AUG 24
    Group Exhibition
    The Collections


    • Group Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    FEB 04 to AUG 24, 2013



    The Hamburger Bahnhof was built in the mid-nineteenth century as a terminal station for the railway track between Hamburg and Berlin. At the beginning of the twentieth century the building was transformed into a traffic and technology museum and since 1996 it has housed the Museum for Contemporary Art of the Nationalgalerie.

    In parallel to large temporary exhibitions - such as, until 7 April 2013 the current retrospective of "Martin Honert. Kinderkreuzzug" (Children's Crusade) in the Historic Hall - the approximately 10,000 square meters of the Hamburger Bahnhof present artworks from the collection of the Nationalgalerie, the Marx Collection, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Hamburger Bahnhof and the Marzona Collection. With its holdings of artworks from the 1960s to the present and its versatile exhibition programme the Hamburger Bahnhof is one of the largest museums for contemporary art in the world.

    Current new acquisitions and permanent loans of the Nationalgalerie are exhibited in the main building's West Wing. Here, works by Ryan Gander, Gregor Schneider and Rirkrit Tiravanija expand the notion of the artistic self-portrait: besides the representation of one's own body as a miniature, the term is stretched to encompass even a car. The adjacent galleries contain a complex of works by Joseph Beuys, including sculptural pieces and film documents. Until the end of May 2013 it is possible to witness here the restoration of the installation "Richtkräfte für eine neue Gesellschaft (Directive forces of a new Society), 1974, which has been in the possession of the Nationalgalerie since 1976.

    The East Wing presents large-format colour photographs from the Marx Collection by Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, two photographers from the Düsseldorf School. Here, Thomas Struth's photographs of church and museum visitors face Andreas Gursky's digitally manipulated photographs of a library and the Singapore Exchange. The dialogic exhibition "Nina Canell. Rolf Julius. Lautlos" (also curated from the collections) is located in the galleries above the Restaurant Sarah Wiener.

    The so-called Kleihueshalle with its high-ceiling and light flooded space built for the museum's opening in 1996 houses other significant pieces from the Marx Collection. Besides Andy Warhol's famous portraits of personalities such as Marilyn Monroe or Mao Tse Tung, one can see works by Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer or Robert Rauschenberg. Until 30 June 2013 monthly screenings of the film documentation "9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering" will put a particular focus on Rauschenberg - one of the original initiators of this event. Produced in close collaboration between scientists, engineers and artists, it is thanks to these films that this pioneering performance and media art event can now be rediscovered.

    From 25 May 2013 the Historic Hall will house the exhibition "Body Pressure. Sculpture since the 1960s" with figurative sculptures from the collection including works by Bruce Nauman, Franz Erhard Walther, Paul McCarthy, and Berlinde de Bruyckere. From here one reaches the Rieckhallen that have been connected to the museum since 2004. This former dispatch warehouse was redesigned for the presentation of contemporary art by the architects Kühn Malvezzi and shows temporary exhibitions with works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Hamburger Bahnhof curated in dialogue with further collection holdings and temporary loans. From 23 February until 18 August 2013 the anniversary exhibition "Martin Kippenberger: Sehr gut | Very good" celebrating the deceased artist's 60th birthday will be shown here. The exhibition will be complemented with the presentation of Kippenberger's so-called "white paintings" on the Main Building's first floor and a floor collage shown in the historic passage to the East Wing.

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