Civilisations and Cultures – Artists and Art

The range of themes covered has expanded significantly since 1992. Major exhibitions devoted to modern art such as Max Liebermann (2011) were complemented by exhibitions that pursued new scholarly approaches such as Napoleon and Europe – Dream and Trauma (2010/11), archaeological shows such as Gandhara – The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan (2008) or ethnographic ones such as James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific (2009). The exhibition The Museum of Modern Art, New York – From Cézanne to Pollock (1992) was the first in an ongoing series of shows entitled The Great Collections, in which we have presented the collections of more than thirty of the world’s leading museums. Art and Culture in Papal Rome – High Renaissance in the Vatican (1998), which drew on the holdings of the Vatican Museums, was a milestone exhibition, as was the enormously popular presentation of The Guggenheim (2006). Contemporary artists, too, have come to see the Art and Exhibition Hall as an important venue. After the inaugural exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint Phalle in 1992, artists such as Sam Francis (1993), Gerhard Richter (1993) and Sigmar Polke (1997) were honoured with major retrospectives, as were Georg Baselitz (2004), Markus Lüpertz (2009), Liam Gillick (2010), Thomas Schütte (2010), Heinz Mack (2011) and Anselm Kiefer (2012).
The Forum, a versatile function room with up to 550 seats, hosts conferences, symposia, discussions and lectures as well as performance art, festivals, film screenings, dance and theatre performances. The education department plays a crucial role in the communication of exhibition content. Its comprehensive offerings range from guided tours and workshops to introductory lectures and seminars. Further information, inspiration and sustenance can be found in the public art library, the museum shop and the restaurant of the Bundeskunsthalle.

Show bibliography
  1. Atrium Hall, Opening of „Under the Vulcano“, photo: Peter Oszvald © Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany GmbH Atrium hall of the Bundeskunsthalle
  2. Max Liebermann. Artist's Garden on the Roof of the Art and Exhibition Hall, 2011, photo: Peter Oszwald © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH Flowers in the "Max Liebermann. Artist's Garden§ on the Roof of the Bundeskunsthalle

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