Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art museum spreads its wings 

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Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof, among Germany's most beloved museums dedicated to contemporary art, is opening several new wings to expand its exhibition spaces. Photo: Jens Kalaene/dpa

Berlin (dpa) – Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof, a contemporary art museum located in a former station in the city centre, is opening several new wings, which can be explored free of charge as part of a launch festival from June 17-18.

One new exhibition space, dubbed Forum Hamburger Bahnhof, traces the history of the building, opened in 1848 as the terminus of the Berlin-Hamburg Railway. The new wing is designed as a meeting place, for example for groups, and visually connected to the outside world via a reopened passageway that can be found in the historical drawings for the building.

Hamburger Bahnhof
Credit: Jörg Carstensen / dpa / Joerg Carstensen/dpa

Another new addition, the “Endless Exhibition” connects the outdoor area with installations attached to the building, including works by Bruce Naumann, Georg Baselitz and Scandinavian duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

The operators have also brought back Dan Flavin’s striking light installation “Untitled,” which was attached to the exterior facade in 1996 but switched off in October last year to save energy as Germany was scrambling to offset Russian gas cuts.

Hamburger Bahnhof
Credit: Jörg Carstensen / dpa / Joerg Carstensen/dpa

The museum’s west wing now houses the reworked permanent exhibition “Nationalgalerie: A Collection for the 21st Century,” spanning across two levels and the work of some 60 artists focusing on the period since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos feature works by Sibylle Bergemann, Isa Genzken, Mona Hatoum, Anselm Kiefer and Martin Kippenberger, among others.

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