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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart

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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart
Invalidenstrasse 50-51
10557 Berlin
Germany
Venue Type: Museum

Neighborhood:
other (outside main areas)



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© Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart
> CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
May 30th - August 23rd Sturtevant. Drawing Double Reversal
Elaine Sturtevant
 
April 17th - September 6th Moby Dick
Michael Beutler
 
March 14th - August 16th And away with the minutes. Dieter Roth and Music
Dieter Roth
 
March 6th - October 11th Two By Two
Mary Heilmann, David Reed
 
January 23rd, 2014 - August 31st, 2016 A-Z. The Marzona Collection
Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Buren, Mario Merz, Guiseppe Penone
 
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.hamburgerbahnhof.de
EMAIL:  
hbf@smb.spk-berlin.de
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wed 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Thu 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sat 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sun 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PHONE:  
+49(0)30 - 3978 3411
FAX:  
+49(0)30 - 3978 3413
COST:  
House ticket including temporary exhibitions: 12 Euro, concession 6 Euro
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DESCRIPTION

After a lengthy reconstruction by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, the Hamburger Bahnhof reopened on 2 November 1996 as the "Museum für Gegenwart" (Museum for Contemporary Art). The building was erected in the mid-19th century as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system. In the early 20th century, the structure was converted into a museum of transport and construction. The station's architecture, its impressive Neoclassical façade, flanked by two towers, the grand industrial hall of the entrance area, and the wings of the cours d'honneur flanking the garden of the inner courtyard: all of these elements constitute special attractions for visitors to Berlin. Only the east wing, the so-called Kleihues Hall, was reconstructed in the style of a high vaulted grand gallery on the occasion of the 1996 reopening.

Impressive from without by virtue of the façade's lucid historicist style, the building is rendered even more striking by an ingenious dichromatic installation, designed by American artist Dan Flavin, which bathes both the main façade loggia and the transitions leading to the wings of the cours d'honneur in blue and green neon light. Particularly at night, Flavin's last work (whose completion he unfortunately did not live to see) is visible from afar, and has come to be seen as the museum's trademark.


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