Thursday 25 May 2017

Hamburger Bahnhof/Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof/Museum fur Gegenwart, (Museum for Contemporary Art), Berlin.
Occupying the former Hamburger Bahnhof, one of the city's first terminal stations, The Museum for Gegenwart is one of the city's major art venues.

Across the road is the new train station, the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), a five-level glass and steel building, designed by architects Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkin Marg which opened in 2006. It's Europe's largest ever train station handling around 350,000 travellers and 1800 trains per day.

Berliners have christened it the 'glass cathedral'.

We took a wrong turn on our way to the museum and ended up at the back which gave us a chance to see the rear of the great hall

and this sculpture, Baked Master's Basket, by Urs Fischer (1973)

We eventually found the main entrance

Georg Baselitz, Volk Ding Zero, 2009

Robert Indiana, Imperial Love, 1928

Inside, the great hall is magnificent

We had a look at some of the works in their permanent collection:

Robert Rauschenberg, Red China Green House, 1984

Robert Rauschenberg, Stripper, 1962

looking closer

Robert Rauschenberg, Stage Coach, 1986

looking closer

looking closer

Cy Twombly, Thyrsis, 1977

Roy Lichtenstein, Coastal Village, 1987

Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on 'The Artist's Studio', 1989

Robert Rauschenberg, Mine, 1984

Robert Rauschenberg, Mule Deer, 1977 (the middle panel of this painting is a mirror, so the reflection you can see is me)

a side view (with reflections of the gallery in the middle)

The Frightened Gods of Fortune, 1981

looking closer

Wilhelm Lehmbrueck, Kopf eines Denkers (mit Hand), (Head of a Thinker, with Hand), 1918

We then had lunch

in the museum's café which was blissfully empty.

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