Current & Upcoming
Daniel Boyd: RAINBOW SERPENT (VERSION)
24 March to 9 July 2023
RAINBOW SERPENT (VERSION) is the most comprehensive exhibition of Daniel Boyd’s artistic practice in Europe to date. It provides an overview of Boyd’s image-making that counters the colonial narrative of Australia’s history, engages transnational networks of resistance, Indigenous knowledge production and personal family histories, which he reflects in relation to the context and architecture of the Gropius Bau.
Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora
6 April to 13 August 2023
Taking the stories and histories of the Indian Ocean as its departure point, the group exhibition Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora brings together several contemporary artists, musicians, writers and thinkers to investigate, unpack and shed light on some of the smaller and bigger historical, cultural and linguistic links between the continents of Africa and Asia.
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.
Spectres of Bandung: A Political Imagination of Asia-Africa
6 October 2023 to 14 January 2024
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.
Artist in Residence
Pallavi Paul: How Love Moves*
How does the post-pandemic world test the lover and their breath? In the second half of 2023, an exhibition of the Gropius Bau’s Artist in Residence 2023 Pallavi Paul will move across the mystical, medical, political, ecological and erotic life of breath.
Preview: Artificial Intelligence at the Gropius Bau
Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the society we live in. In 2023, the Gropius Bau focuses on tackling AI’s potential for an art institution from two directions: evaluating how it works as an artistic tool, as well as working with AI as a structural support to develop a tool for accessibility.
Past 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.
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 yet disconcerting chapter in Beirut’s modern history bookended by the late 1950s and the late 1970s, corresponding to the Lebanon crisis of 1958 and the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975. The exhibition traced the complicated relationship between Beirut’s artistic cosmopolitanism and the surrounding trans-regional and political antagonisms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).