HALLE FÜR aktuelle KUNST
The northern Deichtorhalle with its footprint of some 3,800 sq.m. boasts the largest single coherent exhibition space for contemporary art in Europe. This Hall of Contemporary Art presents major projects, highlighting positions in art today. The focus tends to be on individual shows by internationally acclaimed painters, sculptors and designers. The projects are usually site-specific, having been developed in close cooperation with the artists themselves.
In this way, since 1989 more than 160 large-scale exhibition projects have been realized. Alongside extensive solo shows by famous artists of the likes of Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger and Louise Bourgeois, major exhibitions have been dedicated to younger artistic endeavors at a very early stage in their development, examples being Andreas Gursky (1994), Jason Rhoades (1999) and Jonathan Meese (2006). Moreover, the northern Deichtorhalle also runs themed shows and group exhibitions, and showcases selections from major international art collections.
The northern Deichtorhalle also regularly hosts exhibitions that deliberately emphasize the links between culture and everyday life, not to mention themes in cultural policy that consciously address the broader general public. The Deichtorhallen’s Artistic Director Dr. Dirk Luckow is in charge of the Hall of Contemporary Art program.
HOUSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
When the House of Photography opened in the southern Deichtorhalle in 2005, Hamburg found itself proud home not only to a new and elegant exhibition hall, but also to two major photographic collections of an exceptional international standard. Ever since, the House of Photography has presented temporary exhibitions on photography, from historical positions of the 19th and 20th centuries through to young contemporary photography and aspects of the digital revolution.
Prof. F. C. Gundlach was founding director and artistic director of the Haus der Photographie from 2003 to 2005, curated the 2005 opening show on “Martin Munkácsi: Think While You Shoot!” and played a strong role in the designing the underlying concept for the exhibition hall. Since January 1, 2006 Prof. F. C. Gundlach has no longer been active as the programming director of House of Photography but remains a member of the Board of Trustees and holds the honorary title of Founding Director of Deichtorhallen Haus der Photographie. In 2004-5, the southern Deichtorhalle was converted specially to accommodate the House of Photography, with Hamburg-based architect Jan Störmer, in charge of the designs.
Since October 1, 2009 Dr. Dirk Luckow has been the new Artistic Director of Deichtorhallen Hamburg, and is thus also in charge of the exhibition program. He is ably assisted at House of Photography by Curator Ingo Taubhorn and by Collection Curator Dr. Sabine Schnakenberg.
House of Photography is not only the venue of major exhibitions, as visitors can rely on a variety of other services. The building is home to an auditorium and a library; there is a specialist book store dedicated to photography and art, as well as the “Fillet of Soul” bistro – the latter two are both accessible outside opening hours, too.