Due to the current situation, some of our exhibitions will be postponed: Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition will open as soon as possible and will run until January 2021. The exhibition The Cool and the Cold. Paintings from the USA and the USSR 1960–1990, Ludwig Collection will run from April to September 2021, Thea Djordjadze’s exhibition will be on view from April to August 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon.

Akinbode Akinbiyi: Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air

Closed until 19 April 2020
7 February to 17 May 2020

The photography exhibition Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air brings together works from various long-term series composed by Berlin-based Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi, who has captured intimate scenes and communal life in cities such as Lagos, Berlin, Johannesburg, Bamako and Chicago, among many other locations.
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Akinbode Akinbiyi, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, 2006

Lee Mingwei: 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals

Closed until 19 April 2020
27 March to 7 June 2020

Lee Mingwei’s artistic practice is primarily concerned with rituals of giving and receiving. From 27 March to 7 June 2020, the Gropius Bau will present a solo exhibition by the artist, showing his installations and performances from the last three decades. Central to the exhibition is an exploration of art’s potential to be a transformative gift.
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Lee Mingwei, Guernica in Sand, 2006–present

Otobong Nkanga

Postponed, new dates will be announced soon.

Otobong Nkanga’s interest lies in the complex relationship between humans and land. In her works, she explores this relationship within the tension between exploitative extraction processes and structures of care and repair. Following her one-year stay 2019 at the Gropius Bau, the solo exhibition will offer insights into the central issues of her work.
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Otobong Nkanga, Solid Maneuvers, 2015

Down to Earth

26 June to 12 July 2020

Taking Bruno Latour’s eponymous essay as a starting point, the art, live work and discourse project “Down to Earth” examines a system in which our own actions are continually combined with the influences of many other agencies: “the Earth with its thousand folds”.
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Yayoi Kusama

5 September 2020 to 17 January 2021

Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists. In autumn 2020, the Gropius Bau will devote the first comprehensive retrospective in Germany to Kusama’s work, offering an overview of every creative period from the last seventy years and featuring current paintings as well as a new Infinity Mirrored Room and installation by the artist.
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Yayoi Kusama, “Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field”, 1965

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

16 October 2020 bis 10 January 2021

Featuring works by Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien and Annette Messager, a comprehensive group exhibition at the Gropius Bau titled Masculinities: Liberation through Photography explores the ways in which masculinity is experienced, performed and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day.
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Sunil Gupta, Untitled 22


The Cool and the Cold. Painting from the USA and the USSR 1960–1990.
Ludwig Collection

Postponed to April to September 2021

In the year marking the 30th anniversary of German reunification, the Gropius Bau will host a group exhibition uniting paintings created during the Cold War in both centres of global political power, including works by Andy Warhol, Il’ja Kabakov, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Erik Bulatov.
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Roy Lichtenstein, Hopeless, 1963

Thea Djordjadze

Postponed to April to August 2021

Thea Djordjadze’s artistic practice can be understood as a process of continually reusing, reconfiguring and rearranging objects. Starting on 10 September 2020, the Gropius Bau presents existing and newly created works by the Berlin-based artist, whose sculptures and interventions engage in a dialogue with the historic building.
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Thea Djordjadze, oneissopublicandtheothersoprivate, 2019 (Detail)