On Saturday I went to the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum which is one of Berlin’s best contemporary art museums. The building is a beautiful old repurposed railway station, stunning inside and out. The were several exhibitions on including Carl Andre : Sculpture as a place, which is a huge exhibition featuring sculptures made from wood, metal and stone, mostly cubes and blocks in a vast display of about 20 rooms. It’s conceptual sculpture where the sculpture defines the place it’s in. Although impressive in the scale and space of the works, I have to admit it left me mostly indifferent to the work, but fortunately there were much more interesting exhibits to see, including:
Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, an video installation which has 13 short films played in parallel, each featuring Cate Blanchett in different roles discussing art manifestos - it’s an immersive experience as you move from screen to screen and in my opinion it’s the best exhibitions there.
The Das Kapital exhibition which is associated with Joseph Beuys’s work based on his statement “Art = Capital”. The works explore the creative process and the huge portrait of Mao Zedung by Andy Warhol forms a backdrop to this exhibition.
Upstairs there was the The Black Years exhibition of classic modernism including works by Ernst Kirchner and Otto Dix from the 1920s and 1930s.
And finally a retrospective exhibition of Gülsün Karamustafa, a prominent Turkish artist, including some of her work while she was in prison.
It took most of the day to view it all and I came out inspired to create.