Unusual insights into cultural history, often with spectacular findings and the latest research results, form the pillars in the Martin-Gropius-Bau programme alongside contemporary art and photography. Monographs of outstanding artists are as much the focus as current artistic positions.

Current exhibitions

Wols: Self portrait
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

Wols Photographer. The Guarded Look

To 22 June 2014

Wolfgang Schulze, known as Wols, was born in Berlin in 1913. As a painter and graphic artist he is considered to have been an important trailblazer of Art Informel. For the first time the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin is presenting the largely unknown photographic oeuvre of Wols. These works foreshadow his development in the direction of non-representational art.
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Hans Richter: Ghosts Before Breakfast
© Hans Richter Estate

Hans Richter
Encounters – “From Dada till today”

To 30 June 2014

Hans Richter (1888 – 1976) was a painter, film-maker and writer. But above all he was an artist who had great influence on society – a trendsetter. His artistic range extended from Expressionism through Dadaism, Constructivism and Surrealism to completely new forms of film art. He made an important and unique contribution to Modernism.
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Ai Weiwei
© Gao Yuan

Ai Weiwei – Evidence

To 7 July 2014

Ai Weiwei is internationally considered one of the most important contemporary artists. At his studio in Beijing, he has been developing works for his largest exhibition to date, which will be held at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The majority of these installations and objects have been designed specifically for this exhibition, whereas none of the works have ever been shown in Germany before. Although his works is highly aesthetic, the artist is always aiming at confronting the viewer with reality.
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Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973
Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive

David Bowie

20 May to 10 August 2014

The international exhibition David Bowie of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), comes to the banks of the Spree River. The David Bowie retrospective creates a comprehensive audiovisual exhibition experience using multimedia technology at the most advanced technical level.
The curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive. They selected approximately 300 objects that can be seen from 20 May at the Martin-Gropius-Bau of Berliner Festspiele. The exhibits demonstrate the visionary power of one of the most influential artists in recent music history. The Berlin years from 1976 to 1978 were among Bowie’s most productive ones. The exhibits show how Bowie has playfully overcome the borders between dream and reality, genres and genders.
The exhibition in Berlin is organized by the communications agency Avantgarde.
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Opening hours

Wednesday to Monday 10:00–19:00
Tuesday closed

During the run of the exhibition
“David Bowie”
20 May to 10 August 2014
all exhibitions will be open from
10:00–20:00 daily
No closing day

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