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Built in 1881 as a museum for applied arts, Martin-Gropius-Bau with its complex history is today one of the most prominent exhibition sites in Europe. The heavily damaged building was reopened in 1981 with the exhibition Prussia: Attempt at a Balance. Since then, twenty to twenty five exhibitions have been shown each year that regularly meet with great public interest and resonance. The Berlin Festspiele work together with partners like the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin or the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn to insure a rich and rewarding program for this landmark building in the center of the city.

The architects Martin Gropius and Heino Schmieden originally built the house in the Renaissance style as an arts and crafts museum. It was ceremoniously opened in 1881. The Museum of Prehistory and Early History and the East Asian Art Collection moved into the building after the First World War, while the arts and crafts collection was transferred to the City Palace (Stadtschloss). The building was severely damaged in 1945 during the last weeks of World War II. It wasn’t until 1966 that it was classified as a historical monument. Reconstruction began in 1978 under the direction of the architects Winnetou Kampmann and Ute Weström. The house was named after Martin Gropius, a great uncle of Walter Gropius, who had strongly urged that the museum should be rebuilt.

Since its meticulous restoration in the 1970s the Martin-Gropius-Bau has become one of the most famous and most beautiful exhibition halls in Germany. Many international exhibitions have since found a fitting venue there. Many millions of visitors have seen the exhibitions... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

About the exhibitions at Martin-Gropius-Bau

The Berliner Festspiele conducts the Martin-Gropius-Bau on behalf of the State Minister for Media and Cultural Affairs.
Seven instituts are responsible for the programme:

| Berliner Festspiele in der KBB GmbH
| Bundeszentrale fĂĽr politische Bildung
| Deutsches Historisches Museum GmbH, Berlin
| Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Bonn
| Haus der Kulturen der Welt in der KBB GmbH
| Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Bonn
| Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz

The respective organizers are responsible for the exhibitions.
Dates may change. Please contact the respective organizer if you want to publish dates or need more detailed information.


22 June 2012 to 24 September 2012
Diane Arbus
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

31 August 2012 to 07 January 2013
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

Previous Exhibitions

5 April to 9 July 2012
Building the Revolution:
Soviet Art and Architecture 1915–1935
With photographs by Richard Pare
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

23 March to 24 June 2012
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

15 March to 10 June 2012
Pacific Standard Time
Art in Los Angeles 1950–1980
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

15 October 2011 to 18 March 2012
Ai Weiwei in New York. Photographs 1983 - 1993.
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

16 November to 18 December 2011
Quiet Resistance
Russian pictorial photography 1900–1930
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

25 September to 27 November 2011
W. Eugene Smith – Photographs
A retrospective
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

23 September 2011 to 9 January 2012
Side by Side.
Poland – Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

26 August to 31 October 211
Hokusai – Retrospective
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

29 June to 17 July 2011
Competition Kunst-am-Bau Martin-Gropius-Bau
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

23 June to 12 September 2011
Snow in Samarkand – Views from the Hinterland of War.
Photographs by Daniel Schwartz
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

11 June to 11 September 2011
André Kertész – Photographs
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

18 March to 30 May 2011
When the Curtain Falls
Margarita Broich – Photographs
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

11 March to 29 May 2011
Drawings of the Museum of Modern Art New York
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

4 November 2010 to 16 January 2011
László Moholy-Nagy – Art of Light
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

4 October to 1 November 2010
Freedom and Unity Monument
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Forthcoming exhibitions

20 September 2012 to 17 December 2012
Dennis Hopper - The Lost Album
Vintage Photographs of the 60s
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

29 September 2012 to 3 December 2012
AES+F. The Trilogy
Video art from Russia
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

12 January 2013 to 1 April 2013
Michael Schmidt. Lebensmittel
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

18 January 2013 to 14 April 2013
Margaret Bourke-White. Photographs
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

14 June 2013 to 16 September 2013
Horst Antes
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau


Tickets for exhibitions at the Martin-Gropius-Bau

Tickets are available at the box office on the ground floor. There are also combined tickets which entitle you to visit multiple exhibitions on one day.

The box office is open Wednesday to Monday from 10–19 hrs.
Ticket prices are listed on the page of the exhibition.

Tickets for Guided Tours
Tickets for guided tours are also available at the box office. Information about times and prices is listed on the page of the specific guided tour.

Tickets for Other Events
Tickets for other events (i.e. films at the cinema) are available half an hour before at the box office.

Opening hours

Wednesday to Monday | 10–19 hrs
Tuesday closed

Getting there

Public Transportation
U-Bahn Line 2 (stop: Potsdamer Platz)
S-Bahn Line 1, 2, 25 (stop: Potsdamer Platz or Anhalter Bahnhof)
Busses: M29 (Anhalter Bahnhof) | M41 (Abgeordnetenhaus)
| map

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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Classified as a historical monument, the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin is a building in which international exhibitions are presented. Its central location and its generous dimensions in the middle of the city, located opposite Berlin's parliamentary building and near Potsdamer Platz, make the Gropius-Bau an important centre of attraction.

Functions taking place on one or several days can be carried out in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. The amount of time needed for preparations varies greatly and depends on the size, set-up and number of participants. It is recommended to visit the premises in order to make preparations.

The rent is subject to negotiations between the participating parties. The exact costs cannot be calculated without knowledge of the event. Expenses can include surveillance, technical personnel, costs for utilities, cleaning, insurance, etc.

Berliner Festspiele a division of the Kulturveranstaltungen
des Bundes in Berlin GmbH
Ellen Riewe
Niederkirchnerstr. 7
10963 Berlin
Phone +49 (0)30 254 86-123
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