Episode 46: Hamburger Bahnhof

hamburger bahnhof roberta caldas

Location:

Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin

Facts:

  • One of the largest public contemporary art collections worldwide
  • Former terminus station between Berlin and Hamburg

Hamburger Bahnhof is the largest of the five buildings that hold the Nationalgalerie’s collections. Not only that, but it is one of the largest public contemporary art collections in the world. Its full name is Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart Berlin. That means literally museum for present in English and I just love that.

It works like this: the Nationalgalerie has a whole bunch of art pieces and it displays them in different museums: the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, the Museum Berggruen, the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg and in this episode’s star, Hamburger Bahnhof. It is somewhat chronological and the Hamburger Bahnhof takes over the timeline where the Neue Nationalgalerie ends its exhibition.

This means that the Hamburger Bahnhof shows pieces that start on the 1960s movements until today. There you can see artists like Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, John Cage, Bill Viola, Peter Campus, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Marcel Broodthaers and Rosa Barba. In its main hall behind the ticket desk, it displays temporary exhibitions and installations.

The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart is just great. If you still have questions like “Why is it called Hamburger Bahnhof? Was is a station in the past? Was it Hamburg in the past?” you should definitely check out our talk below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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