Berliner Festspiele


Gropius Bau

Nancy Holt: Circles of Light

22 March to 21 July 2024

Over the course of five decades, Nancy Holt explored how we perceive our environment and how we attempt to understand our place on the surface of this planet. From March 2024, the Gropius Bau presents Circles of Light, the artist’s most comprehensive survey exhibition in Germany to date. It includes film, video, photography, sound works, concrete poetry, sculptures and expansive installations as well as drawings and documentation from over 25 years.

Nancy Holt, Electrical System, 1982, installation view (detail), Gropius Bau, 2024

© Holt/Smithson Foundation, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, courtesy: Sprüth Magers, photo: Luis Kürschner

Pallavi Paul: How Love Moves

22 March to 21 July 2024

With How Love Moves, the Gropius Bau presents the first major institutional solo exhibition of Pallavi Paul. As an artist and film scholar, Paul engages the camera as her primary tool to interrogate how regimes of “truth” are produced and sustained in public life. Through her multimedia practice spanning film, installation, performance, drawing, photography and writing, she negotiates the documentary not only conjured as film or image – but as an ecology of materials, networks, global alliances and systems.

Pallavi Paul, How Love Moves, film still, 2023

© Pallavi Paul

Radical Playgrounds

27 April – 14. July 2024


“Radical Playgrounds”, an art parcours at the Gropius Bau, is spending eleven weeks exploring the differences between the concepts of play as competition and free play. Visitors are invited to walk and climb on the various installations and sculptures, to activate them and to shape the project collectively.

A Reenactment of the 1974 East Germany – West Germany World Cup Match

7 and 8 July 2024

Radical Playgrounds presents Massimo Furlan’s reenactment of the historic 1974 World Cup Football match between East Germany and West Germany that ended with an unexpected score of 1:0. For the first time, it will take place not in a stadium, but on the street Niederkirchnerstraße where the Berliner Wall once stood.

A goalkeeper in a goal in front of an empty stadium

Massimo Furlan, A Reenactment of the 1974 East Germany West – Germany World Cup Match

© Sandra Singh

The Berliner Festspiele

All year round, Berliner Festspiele host a multitude of festivals, exhibitions and individual events in two houses – the Haus der Berliner Festspiele at Schaperstraße and the Gropius Bau near Potsdamer Platz – and other venues in the city.