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

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

Jochen Viehoff: Pina Bausch dances a solo in Danzón (excerpt), photograph
© Photo: Jochen Viehoff

Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater

Until 9 January 2017

Pina Bausch (1940–2009) is recognised as a pioneer of modern dance theatre and as one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition is the first to present her work to a wider public. Taking its starting point in the workshop talk she gave in 2007 when she won the prestigious Kyoto Prize, the exhibition provides insights into the work of Pina Bausch.
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David Georges Emmerich: Structure autotendante
© Collection FRAC Centre, Orléans / Photography: François Lauginie

+ultra. knowledge & gestaltung

30 September 2016 to 9 January 2017

Gestaltung (design) is research, and research is Gestaltung. Using models, tools and images, the exhibition reveals the fundamental importance of creative processes for science and research for the first time.
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Gerhard Richter: Betty (Edition 23/25), 1991
Sammlung Olbricht © Atelier Gerhard Richter

The British View: Germany – Memories of a Nation

8 October 2016 to 9 January 2017

For decades, citizens in East and West Germany lived under different political systems, but they had many deep-rooted memories in common. This exhibition explores some of these memories on the basis of approximately 200 objects that originated during the last 600 years in Germany, and which are formative for culture, business and politics – past and present.
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