Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin © Jirka Jansch, 2015
Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin


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

Incense burner
© INAH. Museo Regional de Antropología. Palacio Cantón, Mérida, Yucatán

The Maya – Language of Beauty

Until 7 August 2016

The Maya are one of the oldest cultures in the world. This exhibition is all about the magnificent artistic forms of expression of the Maya. With a collection of around 300 works of art, including many Mexican national treasures, it displays the fundamental aspects of pre-Hispanic art: the body and the physique are central to this exhibition.
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William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015
© courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, Paris, London), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town) and Lia Rumma Gallery (Naples, Milan)

NO IT IS ! William Kentridge

Until 21 August 2016

Der Südafrikaner William Kentridge (* 1955) gehört zu den international bedeutenden zeitgenössischen Künstlern. Er ist nicht nur bildender Künstler, sondern auch Filmemacher, Regisseur und ein großer Erzähler. Seit mittlerweile mehr als drei Jahrzehnten bewegt sich sein umfassendes Schaffen durch unterschiedliche künstlerische Disziplinen. Sein interdisziplinäres Gesamtwerk wird erstmals in Berlin von den Berliner Festspielen präsentiert: im Martin-Gropius-Bau (12. Mai bis 21. August 2016) und im Haus der Berliner Festspiele im Rahmen des Festivals Foreign Affairs (5. bis 17. Juli 2016). To the exhibition

Thomas Struth, Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Interior 2
© Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth
Nature & Politics

Until 18 September 2016

Thomas Struth is internationally considered one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, his work will be displayed at the Berliner Martin-Gropius-Bau. The exhibition will feature approximately 37 large-format photographs from the years 2005 through 2016. To the exhibition

Berenice Abbott, Flatiron Building, 1938
© Berenice Abbott/ Commerce Graphics, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY.

Berenice Abbott

Until 3 October 2016

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. She spent six decades taking pictures. The Martin-Gropius-Bau is now dedicating an exhibition featuring about 80 pictures to her. Her famous and iconic pictures from the Changing New York series, early portraits and her pioneering work as a scientific photographer will be shown. To the exhibition

Performance Via Lewandowsky
© Jochen Wermann

Voices of Dissent
Art in the GDR 1976-1989

Until 26 September 2016

This exhibition explores the relationships of dissident art and power in the GDR through a large number of representative works. Dissidence and critical distancing from the state apparatus took a great variety of artistic forms in the former socialist republic.
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