Exhibitions 2022

Dayanita Singh: Dancing with my Camera

18 March to 7 August 2022

Since the 1980s, Dayanita Singh has pioneered a genre-defying approach to photography that pushes the limits of the medium. Dancing with my Camera presented the major phases of the internationally renowned artist’s oeuvre, from her earliest works through today. Along with key past works, including her “museums”, a new project, Let’s See, was especially realised for the Gropius Bau exhibition.

Dayanita Singh, Time Measures, 2016 / Mona and Myself, 2013

Dayanita Singh, Time Measures, 2016 / Mona and Myself, 2013. Installation view, Dayanita Singh: Dancing with my Camera, 2022

© Gropius Bau, photo: Luca Girardini

Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility

25 March to 12 June 2022

Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility revisited a dazzling yetdisconcerting chapter in Beirut’s modern history bookended by the late1950s and the late 1970s, corresponding to the Lebanon crisis of 1958 and the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975. The exhibition traced thecomplicated relationship between Beirut’s artistic cosmopolitanism and thesurrounding trans-regional and political antagonisms.

Aref El Rayess, Untitled, 1977–78

Aref El Rayess, Untitled, 1977–78. Installation view, Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility, 2022

© Gropius Bau, Foto: Luca Girardini


10 June to 14 August 2022

Takeover invited children to take on the role of curators. Curated and realised by Berlin primary school students, the exhibition focused on environmental topics and multi-sensory artworks – with works by Vanessa Farfán, Jan Peter Hammer, Khansa Humeidan, Susanne Kriemann, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Lisa Rave and Egill Sæbjörnsson.


Ana Prvački: Apis Gropius

9 July to 14 September 2022

Apis Gropius is a digital work by the artist Ana Prvački. Featuring the semi-fictional bee species Apis Gropius, the augmented reality experience invited visitors to take an immersive tour through the Gropius Bau’s atrium.

Ana Prvački, Apis Gropius, 2022, crafted by NEEEU

Ana Prvački, Apis Gropius, 2022, crafted by NEEEU

© Ana Prvački

Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child

22 July to 23 October 2022

The Woven Child was the first major survey to focus exclusively on Louise Bourgeois’ fabric-based works. The exhibition charted the artists’ lifelong connection to textiles, and the memories they conjure, through a diverse body of sculptures, installations, drawings, collages, books and prints.

Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1997

Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1997. Installation view, Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child, 2022

© Gropius Bau, photo: Luca Girardini

YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal

16 September 2022 to 15 January 2023

The large-scale exhibition, featuring 25 international artists, touches on issues such as the politics of health, the resilience of Indigenous knowledge systems, forms of kinship, decoloniality and the non-human, all entangled with various concepts of care, repair and healing.


Tabita Rezaire, Farmers’ Wisdom, 2022

Tabita Rezaire, Farmers’ Wisdom, 2022. Installation view, YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal, 2022/23

© Gropius Bau, photo: Laura Fiorio

Wu Tsang: Of Whales

19 November 2022 to 29 January 2023

Wu Tsang’s Of Whales (2022) can be seen in the freely accessible atrium. Of Whales is derived from Tsang’s multidisciplinary research around Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick (1851).

Wu Tsang, Of Whales, 2022.

courtesy: Wu Tsang, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Antenna Space, Shanghai; Cabinet, London © Nicholas Turki

Ayumi Paul: The Singing Project

24 November 2022 to 22 January 2023

Conceived as a collaborative practice and singing sculpture, Ayumi Paul’s The Singing Project has unfolded in many fluid forms at the Gropius Bau since the summer of 2021. The project is now taking on a new spatial form in a freely accessible space on the first floor of the building: arranged as an open score, five rooms hold space for continuous possibilities to sing together, surrounded by displayed excerpts from Paul’s growing archive.

Ayumi Paul, 2022

© Ayumi Paul, Foto: Debora Mittelstaedt