From 16 June 2023, Hamburger Bahnhof will present its renewed vision of a contemporary collection museum under the motto “Der Bahnhof: eine Berliner Geschichte”. The presentation consists of three interlocking programme lines: “National Gallery: A Collection for the 21st Century” is dedicated to artistic practices in Berlin from the threshold of the opening of the Wall to the present, the “Forum Hamburger Bahnhof” negotiates the multifaceted history of the site, and the “Infinite Exhibition” presents site-specific artworks in and around the museum in a new tour. As a big thank you to Berliners and the public for the long-term preservation of the building complex by the state of Berlin and the federal government, “The Station: A Berlin Story” opens with three open days and artist talks, DJ sets, performances with free admission from Fri 16 June to Sun 18 June 2023.
Fig. above: Nationalgalerie. Eine Sammlung für das 21. Jahrhundert: Holly Zausner, Second Breath, 2005, Super 16 mm-Film, digitalisiert, Farbe, Ton, 10:16 Min., Credits Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart
National Gallery. A Collection for the 21st Century
Hamburger Bahnhof offers a polyphonic panorama of the Berlin art scene and the city itself from the threshold of the opening of the Wall to the present. With the new presentation of the collection in the West Wing, Hamburger Bahnhof invites the public to reflect together on the role of art and cultural institutions for inclusion, engagement and change. Around 80 artworks, including paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, videos, reflect the socio-political and economic factors that have shaped the city and the artistic practices that have emerged in it. The 60 artists on show include Sibylle Bergemann, Rainer Fetting, Isa Genzken, Mona Hatoum, Emeka Ogboh, Anri Sala, Selma Selman, Isaac Chong Wai and Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt. For the first time, the National Gallery’s holdings of contemporary art will enter into a long-term exchange with the art collection of the Federal Government and the collection of the ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. The exhibition will also be supplemented by significant positions acquired for the collection in the course of the run. Familiar major works are on view with rarely and in some cases never before shown works.
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Directors Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Catherine Nichols, Curator Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart
Forum Hamburger Bahnhof
As a microcosm of Berlin, the buildings of the Hamburger Bahnhof tell many stories. In the mid-19th century, its main building was an epoch-defining station building that adapted to historical circumstances: in the early 20th century, it served as a museum for construction and transport; as a ruin of the Second World War, it was located on the demarcation line between East and West Berlin. From being a squatted artists’ house in the 1980s, it evolved into a pop-up exhibition space after the fall of the Wall, until it opened as the site of the National Gallery in 1996. The “Forum Hamburger Bahnhof” between the bookshop and the collection presentation in the west wing presents objects and archives that reappraise this history from 1848 to the present day and retell it chapter by chapter. The archive exhibition is complemented by an installation by the artist Henrike Naumann and a space for participatory and discursive programmes, including film interviews with people associated with the Hamburger Bahnhof from the 1980s to the present day. As a place of assembly, debate and transformation, the Forum invites the public to help think about new concepts for the museum. Admission to the “Forum Hamburger Bahnhof” and its events is free.
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Directors Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Luisa Bachmann, Volontärin, Claudia Ehgartner, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Bildung und Vermittlung, Kristina Schrei, Curator, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, with Anna Bründl, Federico Del Río Lewien, Lea Jedynak, Chrysoula Kalpakidou, Lea Weckert. The project “Forum Hamburger Bahnhof” is funded by the Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
More than 15 installations, sculptures and interventions have been set up and realised in and around the Hamburger Bahnhof since its opening in 1996. These include Dan Flavin’s striking blue and green glowing light installation on the façade as well as works by Tom Fecht, Urs Fischer, John Knight or Gregor Schneider. Some works are more visible than others. The “Infinite Exhibition” enables visitors to rediscover the works and reflect on the contemporary relevance of the site-specific collection: through public guided tours and a specially developed publication and website. Every year, a new production is added, permanently acquired for the collection of the Nationalgalerie. The Berlin artist Judith Hopf, whose sculptural work deals with social definitions and power relations, will kick off the series. Conceived by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, directors Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, curated by Alice Koegel, exhibition director and curator Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart.
Hamburger Bahnhof – National Gallery of the Present
Friday, 16 June 2023, 7 p.m.
Friday, 16 June to Sunday, 18 June 2023
Tue, Wed, Fri 10 am – 6 pm
Thu 10 am – 8 pm
Sat + Sun 11 am – 6 pm