The Hamburger Bahnhof is the former rail station for trains running between the capital and the hanseatic city of Hamburg. Its station building houses the museum for contemporary art, which belongs to the Nationalgalerie and counts as one of the world’s most successful exhibition spaces for contemporary art. Here, works can be found by artists such as Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Keith Haring as well as many innovative contemporary artists.
The former train station, the only still preserved terminal station in Berlin, was built between 1846 and 1847. After extensive restoration work, the Hamburger Bahnhof, whose façade is illuminated at night by a light installation by Dan Flavin, was in November 1996 inaugurated as a museum of contemporary art.
The original historic building elements in combination with modern architecture offer an ideal pretext for the modern art collection, where all its varying mediums can be represented. Within an exhibition space encompassing roughly 10,000 square meters, art starting from the second half of the 20th century is displayed. The works displayed are taken from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin collection, the Berliner private collection of Erich Marx, included are works byAndy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Anselm Kiefer and Joseph Beuys.
Since 2004, in the adjacent Rieck-Hallen, there have been rotating special exhibitions with works drawn from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection; they comprise works by artists of the latter half of the 20th century, among them Bruce Nauman, Sol LeWitt, Nam June Paik, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.
At the Hamburger Bahnhof art and the culinary meet and come together in the restaurant Sarah Wiener. There, one can finish off the museum visit with world-class cuisine.
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