Yayoi Kusama, “Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field”, 1965

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field, 1965 © YAYOI KUSAMA

Exhibitions 2020

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

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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Lee Mingwei

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 thirty years. Central to the exhibition is an exploration of art’s potential to be a transformative gift.
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The Cool and the Cold. Malerei der USA und der UdSSR 1960–1990
Sammlung Ludwig

25 April to 6 September 2020

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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Otobong Nkanga

30 April to 2 August 2020

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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Yayoi Kusama

4 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 Room by the artist.
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Thea Djordjadze

10 September to 13 December 2020

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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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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In House: Artist in Residence 2020
Zheng Bo

Artist and theorist Zheng Bo will occupy a studio at the Gropius Bau for one year as new In House: Artist in Residence. Past and future are the central parameters of his politically and scientifically informed artistic practice, in which he deals with socio-economic themes and the relationship between man and nature.
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