Exhibitions 2020/21

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

7 February to 19 July 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

27 March to 12 July 2020

Lee Mingwei’s artistic practice is primarily concerned with rituals of giving and receiving. Until 12 July 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: There’s No Such Thing as Solid Ground

10 July to 13 December 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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Otobong Nkanga, Solid Maneuvers, 2015

Down to Earth

13 August to 13 September 2020

“Down to Earth”, our summer at the Gropius Bau: four weeks without electricity, loudspeakers, videos, screens, air travel or spotlights, but with daylight, heat, recycling, analogue music, dance and talks by experts on change, exhibits on the themes of the ocean, Gaia, puddles, the living earth, a sawn-up Porsche and modern rituals, in the spirit of Latour, Margulis, Lovelock and the Shipibo – 14 rooms and different overall every day.
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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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Sunil Gupta, Untitled 22

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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Zheng Bo, 2015

Yayoi Kusama

Postponed to March 2021

Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists. 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. The show features current paintings, a new Infinity Mirrored Room as well as several works specially conceived for the exhibition.
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Yayoi Kusama, “Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field”, 1965

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

Postponed to April to September 2021

Under the title of The Cool and the Cold, 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 in April 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)
Past Exhibitions 2020

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

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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