Current & Upcoming

Pallavi Paul
How Love Moves: Prelude

10 August 2023 to 14 January 2024

During her time as the Gropius Bau’s Artist in Residence 2023, Pallavi Paul further deepens her research on love and its embodied counterpart – the breath. From August 2023, the Gropius Bau will present a prelude to her upcoming major solo exhibition in 2024. In How Love Moves: Prelude, a scenography around the three-channel video installation Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia (2017) transforms the historic Schliemannsaal into a twilight space between wakefulness and sleep. The installation is freely accessible.

Pallavi Paul, Changing Places in the Fire, film still, 2022

Pallavi Paul, Changing Places in the Fire, film still, 2022

Ether’s Bloom: A Programme on Artificial Intelligence

10 August 2023 to 14 January 2024

Ether’s Bloom marks the first part of the Programme on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Gropius Bau. From 10 August 2023, the works Technologies of Care (2016) and Cleaning Emotional Data (2020) by Elisa Giardina Papa as well as These Networks in Our Skin (2021) and The Cloth in the Cable (2022) by Mimi Ọnụọha will be showcased in freely accessible spaces of the Gropius Bau. Taking place both online and offline, the programme focuses on the utopian and poetic possibilities of artificial intelligence.

Visual: Luis Kürschner, with kind support from Studio Linné

Soundshapes – In Between Frequencies

31 July 2023 to 1 January 2024

Soundshapes – In Between Frequencies activates the two entrances of the Gropius Bau with sound works by Kapwani Kiwanga and Janine Jembere, creating an acoustic connection between the central entrance portal of the neo-Renaissance building and the step-free entrance. Drawing from the potential of porosity, this architectural intervention challenges the monumentality and statics of the building in an attempt to destabilise the divide between interior and exterior.

Janine Jembere, Untitled (from the series Residence Time), 2013

Janine Jembere, Untitled (from the series Residence Time), 2013.

Courtesy: the artist

General Idea

22 September 2023 to 14 January 2024

Challenging both the art world and society at large, General Idea remain a lastingly influential artist group whose groundbreaking practice spans 25 years. In the most comprehensive retrospective on the trio ever produced,the Gropius Bau presents more than 200 works from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

3 persons with dark make-up around the eyes, who wear caps with long earflaps

General Idea, P is for Poodle, 1983/89

© Royal Bank of Canada Art Collection

Nancy Holt: Circles of Light (AT)

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 (AT), 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 with Mirrors of Light II at Walter Kelly Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, in 1974.

© Holt/Smithson Foundation / Licensed by Artists Rights Society, New York, Photo: John R. Bayalis

Spectres of Bandung

A Political Imagination of Asia-Africa

* The Gropius Bau is postponing the exhibition planned for October 2023. The new opening date will be announced in a timely manner.

Spectres of Bandung is a research-based exhibition exploring the first large-scale Asian-African Conference that can be considered a catalyst of already existing political and cultural affiliations. Bringing together photographs, paintings, films and archival material, the group show at the Gropius Bau unpacks the spirit of self-determination prevailing during the Bandung Conference.

A colourful pattern on a black background.

Papa Ibra Tall, La semeuse d'étoiles, undated (detail). Tapestry, 291 x 298 cm

Courtesy: the artist, KADIST collection, photo: Ilse Raps