History

1949–1989 - 1992–2012

The idea of a ‘Federal Kunsthalle’ is as old as the Bonn republic itself and the debate about the shape its capital was to take. But whereas Bonn’s political future was still hanging in the balance – the decisive parliamentary vote was not taken until 3 November 1949 – the project of the ‘Federal Kunsthalle’ had already found its first lobbyists. On 17 October 1949 the local newspaper reported that 120 invited artists had discussed the possibility of constructing an art and exhibition hall in Bonn. After forty years of endless debate about the shape, location and function of such an institution, on 17 October 1989 Chancellor Helmut Kohl finally laid the foundation stone of the Gustav Peichl-designed building. The Bundeskunsthalle was inaugurated on 17 June 1992.
The concept behind the Bundeskunsthalle was absolutely unprecedented. Nowhere in the Western world was there an institutional model for a highly symbolic cultural centre created solely for the purpose of prestigious temporary exhibitions.

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  1. Konzeptskizze der Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1988© Gustav Peichl

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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