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

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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Gerhard Richter: Betty (Edition 23/25), 1991
Sammlung Olbricht © Atelier Gerhard Richter

The British View: Germany – Memories of a Nation

Until 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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David Georges Emmerich: Structure autotendante
© Collection FRAC Centre, Orléans / Photography: François Lauginie

+ultra. knowledge & gestaltung

Until 8 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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Building with Timber
© Gassner Redolfi KG

Building with Timber – Paths into the Future

Until 15 January 2017

Based on selected distinguished national and international projects, the exhibition represents the state of the art in sustainable and modern timber architecture. The presentation spans from spectacular projects by Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban and Frei Otto to direction setting urban timber houses such as those by Kaden & Klingbeil in Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg, and upwards to the newest trends in high-rise buildings realized in timber. Plans, excerpts and photographs accompany the large-sized models. To the exhibition

Omer Fast: August, 2016
© Omer Fast

Omer Fast
»Talking is not always the solution«

Until 12 March 2017

Omer Fast (* 1972) is one of the most distinctive film and video artists of his generation. He creates narrations in his films that question the borders between one’s own and media narratives and between current and historic events. His works address the friction between documentary and fiction. The Martin-Gropius-Bau is showing seven of his projects at his first large solo exhibition in Berlin. To the exhibition

Robert Doisneau: Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville
© Atelier Robert Doisneau, 2016

Robert Doisneau – Photographs
From Craft to Art

Until 5 March 2017

Very few photographers have become famous through a single picture. “Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville” (The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville) is such a picture, which Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) took in March 1950 in front of a Parisian street café in the Rue de Rivoli. The image of the couple kissing was a work commissioned by LIFE magazine. Although it was staged, it contains an entire story: It became the symbol of Paris as the “city of love”. It is one of the iconic photographs of the 20th century. To the exhibition