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Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle
Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle © Mathias Schormann

Deutsche Bank KunstHalle

A showcase for young talent in contemporary art

The Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle is a modern exhibition space for contemporary art. This gallery In the centre of Berlin promotes the work of young artists.

Since it opened in 1997, the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, on the historical avenue of Unter den Linden, has been showing work as diverse as art by Young British Artists, Japanese photographers or minimalist artists. There is a regularly changing programme of exhibitions with a new show every three to four months, representing the very best selling talents in the contemporary art scene. A prime example of the type of artist represented in the gallery is the Pakistani painter Imran Qureshi who is voted Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year for 2013. The main themes embraced in the exhibitions are international trends and how globalisation will affect the art world.

510 square metres of cutting edge contemporary art

In 1997, the Deutsche Guggenheim opens on the site in Berlin, a collaboration between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The Deutsche Guggenheim plays host to 60 exhibitions over the next 15 years. In 2013, Deutsche Bank takes a more active role in the management of the space, and the new Kunsthalle opens with a special exhibition. Local artists, working in any medium, are invited to bring their work to the Kunsthalle where it is displayed. Around 2,000 artists take them up on their offer. The Kunsthalle gallery is in an attractive building, shared with the headquarters of Deutsche Bank on the upper floors. The gallery's ethos is to feature previously unknown artists. Artists such as Indian painter Bhupen Khakhar, Japanese artist Koki Tanaka and installation artist Meshac Gaba from Benin are all previous exhibitors at the Kunsthalle. The collection also features more widely-known artists such as the abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. The gallery hosts the annual Artist of the Year award for artists from around the world. Previous winners include Kemang Wa Lehulere and notable Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu.

Gallery highlights

  • Exhibitions by some of the world's leading contemporary artists
  • I Like Mondays Lectures: free guided tours by art history students
  • Tailor-made family activities on request, such as creative workshops
  • Gift shop with souvenirs related to the current exhibition
  • Cafe with tapas and German snacks

Nearby places of interest: Humboldt-Box and the National Gallery

The baroque Berlin City Palace is a royal and imperial residence until the early 19 hundreds. After bombings during the Second World War and finally demolishion in 1950, the palace is now being partly rebuilt. The Humboldt Box is a temporary exhibition space that informs visitors, for free, about the history of the Berlin city centre and the building processes taking place behind it. The best part of the Humboldt-Box is the roof terrace of this diamond shaped structure which gives impressive views over the city and the surrounding attractions. Also very close by is the Alte Nationalgalerie, in the old town, which houses classics of German painting including works by Adolf Menzel, Caspar David Friedrich and Johann Gottfried Schadow.

Our tips for visiting

The easiest way to get to the Kunsthalle is by the number 100 or 200 bus to the Staatsoper station, which is just 250 metres from the Kunsthalle, on the corner of Unter den Linden and Charlottenstrasse. Alternatively, take the U6 underground line to Französische Strasse which is 300 metres from the Kunsthalle. Entry to the gallery is free every Monday, and free guided tours run daily at 6pm.

Information for families and children

Children under the age of 18 and organised school parties are admitted to the gallery free of charge. Regular children's and family workshops run in the gallery. Full information is on the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle website.

 

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 20:00

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