Which Spaces does Art Require?

Which Spaces does Art Require?

Hamburger Bahnhof—Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Bruce Nauman, Room with My Soul Left Out, Room That Does Not Care, 1984. Installation view Rieckhallen, Hamburger Bahnhof. Photo: Thomas Bruns. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2012.

January 8, 2013

Which Spaces does Art Require?
A Panel Discussion inside the exhibition ARCHITEKTONIKA 2 (in German language)
Friday, January 11, 2013, 7pm

With: Katharina Grosse, Wilfried Kühn (Kuehn Malvezzi), 
Dorit Margreiter, Ascan Mergenthaler (Herzog & de Meuron), Barbara Steiner
Moderated by: Gabriele Knapstein, Matilda Felix

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Invalidenstr. 50-51, 10557 Berlin
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10–6, Thursday 10–8
Saturday, Sunday 11–6


In the last few years, spectacular new museum buildings with increasingly large exhibition spaces and extravagant architecture have repeatedly been a matter of public interest. Structurally innovative architecture often creates landmarks, increasing the cultural location factor of a city as well as the visitor numbers. However, how can we find a balance between this interest in attractive buildings and the demands of the museum’s exhibition practice? How does architecture create atmosphere and in which ways does it define exhibitions and art education programmes? And do these new architectural spaces change contemporary art? How do the exhibited art works reflect these new spaces?

The Nationalgalerie—Hamburger Bahnhof (Museum of Contemporary Art) has invited different people of the art world to present their viewpoints on these questions in a panel discussion. The artists Katharina Grosse and Dorit Margreiter, the architects Wilfried Kühn and Ascan Mergenthaler and the art theoretician and curator Barbara Steiner will present and discuss their visions of contemporary art spaces. The panel will be chaired by Gabriele Knapstein, curator of the exhibition, and Matilda Felix, curatorial assistant.

Until 13 January 2013 the exhibition ARCHITEKTONIKA 2 displays works of sculpture, painting, photography and film, addressing the many interfaces between art and architecture.

On the evening of the panel discussion, the exhibition is open from 6:30 to 10:30pm. Admission is free.

The event is supported by Museum & Location GmbH.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication
ARCHITEKTONIKA, Gabriele Knapstein and Matilda Felix (eds.), in German and English, with numerous installation views, Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg 2013. Essays by Matilda Felix, Gabriele Knapstein, Andres Lepik and Marjetica Potrč, Christine Nippe, Jane Rendell, Anthony Vidler, and Friederike Wappler.

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