this is the place to go if you are into modern art, although after a long walk along the canals it's a very quiet and soothing walk down the steps into this beautiful former train station. everyone who works here is anorexic and beautiful, so don't feel too bad. You want Anselm Kiefer? they got anselm kiefer! you want Beuys? they have Beuys! At the moment there is a lot of "controversy" over the Flick collection (which runs until the end of March 2005) generating a lot of prestige and visits: not from the art itself but because the collector's father profited from WW2. Museums lap up that attention like it was chocolate milk.
Museum of the Present Day.... basically whatever is hot in the contemporary art world. The most interesting facet is that they created this museum out of and old, unused train station. Getting from place to place meant going through old stairs and links to train platforms. The big draw is the humongus 'Mao" by Andy Warhol. The installation of the freight containers as you approach the museum on the left is a taste of things to come. Rooms where there is only a light bulb and a taped message.
Right behind the magnificent new and modern Hauptbahnhof, on Invalidenstrasse, there is another, older Bahnhof, built in the 19th century, later converted into a transportation museum and in 1996 re-converted into a "Museum fur Gegenwart": museum for contemporary art.
The building lies beside a canal opening into the Spree river. There is a cafe on the canal side, with nice views.
The building facade is impressive, built in neo-classical style. The exhibition halls are spacious and well lit. During my visit there was an interesting, stimulating exhibition of the Turkish artist Ayºe Erkmen.
I recommend visiting this museum as part of a walk from the Reichstag to the Berlin wall memorial and documentation center on Bernauer Strasse (see separate tip ).
The culmination of Proserpina's disastrous foray into Berlin contemporary art was this interesting museum, correctly known as the Museum fur Gegenwart, one of three state museums devoted to modern art, this contemporary. Originally a station for trains to Hamburg, it was built in 1846-7 and is the only remaining classical period station facade in Berlin. By 1884, the trains were gone and the building was devoted to an exhibition hall for technical and scientific expositions. Heavily damaged during WWII, reconstruction began in 1979 with plans by Josef Paul Kleihues. Barrel vaulted sidewings were added to the central hall which retained its iron and steel structure painted grey with white stucco walls. The entire decor is quite austere and minimal, contrasting with the facade. Night lighting is stated to be spectacular, designed by an American team.
The permanent collection favors material beginning with the latter half of the 20th Century, including works by Liechtenstein, the German Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol ( including the Head of Chairman Mao ), Picasso, Twombly, and others. Sadly on our visit, the collection was on loan to a museum in Bavaria, and apparently spends a lot of its time on loan. The result is an interesting but hardly compelling collection of artwork and a significant disappointment. The highlight was work by Keith Haring - hung in a staircase landing. Much of this work is interesting, such as the hugh airplane sculpture hung in the central hall, a large group of capsules and pills dispayed in rows, and a set of railroad tracks united by ties and other pieces of lumber. Adding to the disappointment of not being able to see the prize members of the collection was the sorry excuse for an audioguide which described probably less than 10% of the art. In the west wing, one of the guards led us from room to room indicating which very few pieces were on the guide.
WARNING - therefore before visiting make sure the permanent collection is not on loan and unavailable for viewing.
It is the most important collection of contemporary art in Berlin. You can see works of Warhol, Tombly, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Kiefer and Beuys there.
Admission: 8€ adults, 4€ pupils, students... (and if you are going to see at least 2 or 3 museums in 3 days in Berlin, buy yourself a 3-day ticket).
Gre za najpomembnejso zbirko del moderne umetnosti v Berlinu. Tukaj lahko vidite dela Warhola, Tomblyja, Rauschenberga, Lichtensteina, Kiefera, Beuysa in drugih.
Vsopnina za odrasle je 8 €, za ucence, studente ... pa 4 € (ce si pa v treh dnevih nameravate ogledati vsaj 2 ali tri muzeje, pa priporocam tridnevno karto).
In the constellation of Berlin's remarkable art collections, the Hamburger Bahnhof is the place to see the most provocative works of contemporary artists. Conceptual pieces, performance art, video installations, anti-art manifestos - who knows what you will find here!
When I visited in November 2004, exhibit space in this former train station was entirely given over to display works from the collection of a prominent German publisher, Gustav Flick. It was a controversial exhibit, not so much for the artworks shown, but because of the political heritage of the Flick family. (Old man Flick was tried and convicted for Nazi-era crimes.) Apparently, some critics were saying that the Flick family was trying to "use" art to "rehabilitate" their image.
The Bahnhof reminded me of the Tate Modern in London, another contemporary artspace which was reclaimed from former "industrial" use. The large halls and broad open spaces make the Bahnhof a "fun" place to see what our generation's artists get up to. It was by far the most crowded of all the museums I visited in Berlin.
I have to admit, I don't really care for much contemporary art - it seems like a great deal of intellectual game-playing to me. But I enjoy going to contemporary art galleries: intellectual game-playing can be enjoyable when it is presented in the right manner!
Plunge into the world of contemporary art with wonderfull temporary exhibitions and the the greatest in their continuing exhibited stuff. Names? Warhole, Kiefer, Liechtenstein... They're all there.