Your Guide to Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,


After a reconstruction by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, the Hamburger Bahnhof reopened in 1996 as the Hamburger Bahnhof: Museum für Gegenwart — Museum for Contemporary Art — one of the first state museums in Berlin devoted to "living art." 

The building was originally erected in 1847 as one of the first terminal stations of the Berlin rail system, and then, in the early 20th century, the structure was converted into a museum of transport and construction. 

This beautiful gallery — my absolute favourite in Berlin — is now all skylights, white walls and polished wooden floors and is the home of an outstanding collection that focuses on art created since 1960. The central collection is from Berlin entrepreneur Dr Erich Marx, that includes work by Beuys, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and Warhol (whose iconic Mao has a permanent home here).

The National Gallery also has a permanent collection here with brilliant photography, painting and video art from the likes of Andreas GurskyBill Viola and Marcel Odenbach, while The Marzona collection — a shining example of conceptual and minimal art — includes work by Ronald BladenGiuseppe Penone and Mario Merz.