John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Phone: + 49 (0) 30 - 397 87 0
Fax: +49 (0) 30 - 394 86 79

Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt

The interdisciplinary nature of its work and endeavours to transcend divisions between diverse fields of artistic activity make the Haus der Kulturen der Welt a unique venue. Exhibitions, readings, discussions, films, conferences, music, theatre and performances create new contexts as well as conditions for transgressing artistic and cultural boundaries.
The department of fine arts at Haus der Kulturen der Welt presents exhibitions and installations as well as network art projects. This is is supplemented by guided tours, discussions, film contributions, and various events for young people.

Permanent Collection

Haus der Kulturen der Welt has set itself the task of presenting cultures beyond Europe through their fine arts, theatre, music, literature, film and the media and engaging them in a public discourse with European cultures. The Haus' agenda focuses on contemporary arts and current developments in non-European cultures as well as on the artistic and cultural consequences of globalisation. It concentrates especially on projects which explore the possibilities of both, intercultural co-operation, and its presentation.


Labor Berlin 6: Pia Lindman
Poison and Play

02.07.-31.10.2011 | Wed - Mon and on public holidays 11:00 - 19:00 h | Admission free
(closed 4.8.-5.9.2011)

The works of the Finnish artist Pia Lindman open up unusual perspectives. In the tradition of minimal performance and social sculpture, Lindman combines artistic, social and scientific research into a lively and variable art requiring the participation of the viewer.

As part of Labor Berlin, Pia Lindman will show “Poison and Play”, a work in progress that deals with the poisoning and detoxification of the body, mind and environment. Her point of departure is the question of how the modern human being behaves in the face of daily exposure to a wide range of toxins. Her pursuit of answers takes her into the spheres of biochemistry, neuroscience, psychology and philosophy. In the search for “detoxification”, Lindman creates performances and workshops that offer visitors Finnish peat baths, treatments of the body, "lazy climbing" in the trees around HKW, and the experience of a hammock inspired by Paul Klees coulor model from 1922.

Lindman takes the “laboratory” in the title Labor Berlin literally: In its first phase, “Poison and Play” is conceived as an experimental space (July 2 – Aug. 3); in its second phase, it will be hosted by the festival ÜBER LEBENSKUNST (Aug. 17-21); in its final phase, it will return to the project space of the HKW to present the results of the preceding weeks (Sept. 6 – Oct. 31).

Pia Lindman was born in 1965 in Espoo, Finland. Her works have appeared in numerous exhibitions, including MoMA and PS 1 in New York, and in Mexico, Finland and Britain. Since her stay...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

11.06.2009 - 21.06.2009
Resistance of the Object
Performing Art Festival

14.05.2009 - 16.05.2009
# 1 Hugh Masekela
Konzerte, Gespräche, Filme, Lesung

PICTOPIA - Festival of New Character Worlds
19.03.2009 - 03.05.2009
Exhibition - Film Programme - Conference - Symposium

02.09.2009 - 30.09.2009
The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is celebrating its 20th Birthday.

Four of the best-known East German photographers take us with their photographs to the country in which they lived.

7. ASIA-PACIFIC WEEKS BERLIN 2009 | Frenetic Homeland
Tadashi Kawamata - Tree Houses in Berlin
Qiu Zhijie: Twilight of the Idols

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Ulrike Ottinger: Floating Food

08.09.-30.10.2011 | Wed – Mon and on holidays 11:00 – 19:00 h
Opening 07.09.2011 | 19:00 h
On the Asia Pacific Weeks opening weekend (September 8–10): 11:00 – 20:00 h
Admission: 5 €/3 € | Opening, Mon and under the age of 16 free admission

It’s an exhibition that transforms the entire Haus der Kulturen der Welt into a cosmos of imagery. Ulrike Ottinger, the filmmaker, photographer and collector of worlds, is arranging a comprehensive collage covering four decades of her creative work: “Water and food are elementary necessities for humanity. So where should we even begin to understand these things that meander through all areas of our physical and psychological lives? It has always been my artistic principle to adapt myself to these things, and to join the flow of their nature and their primordial conditions.“

Her copious exhibition runs the gamut from antiquity to modernity, along waterways and through fictitious and real worlds: it begins in the foyer, where a water basin, based on the Cisterna Basilica in Istanbul, playfully alludes to maritime trade between Asia and Europe. By presenting sequences from her films such as “Taiga“, “Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia“ or “China: Die Künste – Der Alltag“ (“China: The Arts, The People”), Ulrike Ottinger lends plasticity to the triad of water, food and ritual. Still and moving images take us on a journey through cookshops, harbors, markets and temples, to the Mongolian slaughter ritual and Mexican sacrificial altars.

Her allegorical installations project landscapes full of sensuality, with mythical creatures and figures from an artist who will be hon...+ [ Read all ]


For special exhibitions, concerts, performances etc. ticket price may vary. Please check the website for admission costs to special exhibitions.

Opening hours

Opening hours: Mo - Su 10.00 a.m. - the end of the daily event

Getting there

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Public transport:
S-Bahn Hauptbahnhof, Unter den Linden, U-Bahn Bundestag, Bus 100 and M85


Busch Daehn
Opening hours Tue - Sun, 4 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 39 787 178
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 394 86 79

Your culinary desires are catered for by the restaurant and café Auster, run by our new head chef Bernd Risau, since 2008.
Opening hours: daily 10 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 397 87 261
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 39 88 47 30

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Books and catalogues (selection)
These titles are available at the House of World Culture's online shop and in book shops (if not labelled 'out of print').

The House. The Cultures. The World. (Nicolai, 2007) 50 years: From the Congress Hall to the House of World Cultures.
"New York - States of Mind" (Saqi Books, 2008) The book addresses the current state of contemporary art and film as explored by artists living and/or working in New York.
"Das vermessene Paradies: Positionen zu New York" - The Measured Paradise. Positions on New York (Theater der Zeit, 2007) (in German only)
"Lebendige Erinnerung - Xiqu", 2006 Zeitgenössische Entwicklungen im chinesischen Musiktheater (in German)
"About Beauty", 2005 (out of print)
"Spaces and Shadows", 2005 Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia
"The Black Atlantic", 2004 (out of print)
"The Third Body", 2004
Junko Wada: "Chidori", 2004
"Far Near Distance", 2004 Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists
"Spiegelschriften. Neue arabische Literatur", 2004 (Mirror Writing. New Arabic Literature)
"DisORIENTation", 2003 Contemporary Arab Artists from the Middle East

Please inquire with
Busch Dähn
Telephone: 030/39 787 178
Fax: 030 / 394 86 79


Guided Tours / Bookings for groups
School classes and groups will be allocated a guide after telephone booking:
Telephone: + 49 - (0)30 - 397 87 0


Children and youth programme

The children and youth programme is organized by
Next - interkulturelle Projekte

Henrike Grohs
+ 49 - (0)30 - 397 87 - 183

Peter Winkels
+ 49 - (0)30 - 397 87 - 180


Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt needs you

We are grateful that the German government has awarded us additional financial support to enable the remodeling measures at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. We interpret this as a sign that our work is considered important. At the same time, these are the first steps toward modernization of an international event venue and preservation of its special heritage.
So we ask you for support – for a future HKW that can be an even better host to you, international artists, our guests and friends.

With a donation, you can safeguard the future of this outstanding work of post-war modernist architecture. We appreciate all contributions, no matter how small or large. As the Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a recognised nonprofit institution, donations are tax-deductible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we will be only too glad to send you detailed information by mail.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
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John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
Fone +49 (0)30 39 787 0
Fax +49 (0)30 394 86 79

Venue hire

Rooms overview

Auditorium The Auditorium has developed into one of the major concert halls in Berlin. Films are regularly shown here. Other events held in the Auditorium include dance evenings, theatrical productions, congresses and conferences. ...

Conference Room 1: The room is suitable for conferences, symposiums and lectures ...

Conference Room 2: The room is suitable for use as a conference and meeting room. ...

Conference Room 3: The room is suitable for use as a conference and meeting room, also as an artist'lounge or dressing room. Buffets and catering can be arranged here; the easy-care flooring makes the room suitable for all kinds of workshops. ...

Exhibition Hall: The hall is especially well suited as an exhibition hall or trade-fair hall.It has, however, also been used for festive events and parties. ...

Foyer: The Foyer is used for exhibitions, trade fairs and international congresses, and as a concert hall and ballroom. ...

Mirror Pond: Mobile stages or plattforms can be erected in the pools for open-air events. ...

Outside the Building: The area in front of the building is an excellent venue for open-air concerts and events. Exhibitions and installations can be set up on the lawns and on the outside stairs. ...

Restaurant: The Restaurant has the perfect atmosphere for formal receptions, large celebrations and dance parties.The River Terrace on the banks of the Spree, with a landing stage for pleasure steamers, can seat 150 people. One section is self-service, the other is served on an Ă -la-carte basis. ...

Roof Terrace: The Roof Terrace is excellently suited for open-air concerts and as an outdoor café. ...

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