2019

Garden of Earthly Delights

26 July to 1 December 2019

The exhibition Garden of Earthly Delights sees over 20 international artists using the space of the garden as a metaphor for the state of the world, in an exploration of the complexities of our chaotic and increasingly precarious present.
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Pipilotti Rist, “Homo sapiens sapiens”, 2005

Wu Tsang
There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody

4 September 2019 to 12 January 2020

Wu Tsang’s solo exhibition There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody presents films in dialogue with her sculptural practice, working with the interaction of glass, light and text, and including a new stained glass commission conceived for the Gropius Bau.
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Walking Through Walls

12 September 2019 to 19 January 2020

Walking Through Walls marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the most symbolic events of the 20th century, interrogating the experience of vulnerability and anxiety caused by power structures that thrive on confinement and segregation.
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Jose Dávila, "Untitled (Allure)", 2014
Past Exhibitions

Bani Abidi
They Died Laughing

6 June to 22 September 2019

Bani Abidi is known for her distinctive approach to filmmaking, which derives from the dark absurdities of everyday life. The exhibition They Died Laughing is an extensive presentation of Abidi’s works, bringing together moving image and print-based works that span two decades.
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Bani Abidi, “Karachi Series I”, 2009

The Black Image Corporation
Theaster Gates

25 April to 28 July 2019

With The Black Image Corporation, Theaster Gates has conceived a participatory exhibition which explores the fundamental legacy of Johnson Publishing Company archives. Featuring more than four million images, they have contributed to shape the aesthetic and cultural languages of African American identity.
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Moneta Sleet Jr., 1965

Ladies on Paper
Recent Works by Vaginal Davis

12 June to 21 July 2019

Ladies on Paper. Recent Works by Vaginal Davis is the first institutional presentation of Vaginal Davis’ paintings in Berlin. Over a period of six weeks, six different recent portraits will be shown successively in single hangings. Taken from a series of works created over the last two years, the paintings depict six different public figures from the worlds of art, film and literature.
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Vaginal Davis, Julian Eltinge, The Countess Charming, 2018 (Detail)

Museum in My Head
Artist Books – Walther König Bookshop

22 March to 16 June 2019

The artist book as an art object in and of itself: Under the title of Museum in My Head, the Walther König Bookshop has curated an exhibition of artist books which focus on collecting and archiving a the Gropius Bau.
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Museum in My Head. Artist books – Walter König Bookshop

And Berlin Will Always Need You
Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin

22 March to 16 June 2019

The group show And Berlin Will Always Need You explores the concept of crafts and handmade processes in Berlin’s contemporary art scene, taking its history as a former museum for decorative arts and educational institution as a starting point.
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Nevin Aladağ, “Paravent, Social Fabric #1”, 2012

Lee Bul: Crash

29 September 2018 to 13 January 2019

Lee Bul is one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, having received significant international recognition for her formally inventive and intellectually provocative work. From 29 September 2018 to 13 January 2019, the Gropius Bau presents Crash, her first solo exhibition in Germany. This comprehensive survey is the first exhibition Stephanie Rosenthal has curated as the new director of the Gropius Bau.
Werkschau ist die erste von Stephanie Rosenthal kuratierte Ausstellung als neue Direktorin des Gropius Bau.
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Lee Bul, „Willing To Be Vulnerable“, 2015–2016, Exhibition view “Crashing” Hayward Gallery, 2018

Lee Bul, „Willing To Be Vulnerable“, 2015–2016, Exhibition view “Crashing” Hayward Gallery, 2018

Photo: Maxie Fischer, photo courtesy: Gropius Bau

Gurlitt: Status Report
An Art Dealer in Nazi Germany

14 September 2018 to 7 January 2019

News that the Bavarian Public Prosecutor’s office had seized the art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt (1932–2014), caused a national and international sensation when it was made public in November 2013. Spanning a wide range of eras and styles – from Dürer to Monet and from Cranach to Kirchner and Rodin – the exhibition presents works that have been hidden from public view for decades and provides an insight into the current state of the investigation of the Gurlitt trove.
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Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), Crouching Woman, ca. 1882

Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), Crouching Woman, ca. 1882. Marble, www.lostart.de/521802

Kunstmuseum Bern, Legat Cornelius Gurlitt 2014, Photo: Albrecht Fuchs © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH

Restless Times
Archaeology in Germany

21 September 2018 to 6 January 2019

Through spectacular new archaeological finds, and fresh perspectives on old ones, the exhibition reveals an unparalleled network of cultural interaction existing in Europe from earliest times to the recent past. Mobility, conflict, exchange and innovation – their origins, effects and interconnections – have always shaped coexistence in Europe.
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Himmelscheibe

Himmelscheibe. Oldest European representation of the night sky, found in 1999 by illegal amateur treasure hunters at Mittelberg, Sachsen-Anhalt

© Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, photo: Juraj Lipták