Guggenheim Museum Berlin
Founded by Deutsche Bank and Samuel R Guggenheim Foundation: History, Collection, Commissions, Exhibitions.


Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin


The result of a unique US-German joint venture between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin is a relatively small gallery of avant-garde art in Berlin's Unter den Linden area, which opened to the public in 1997. Situated on the ground floor of a sandstone building owned by Deutsche Bank, built in 1920, the compact 510 square-metre display area was designed by Richard Gluckman, whose other commissions have included The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and The Dia Centre for the Arts in New York. A stairway links the exhibition hall with the museum's café and shop, from where visitors have a view of the bank's roofed inner courtyard. Day-to-day management of the gallery is the joint responsibility of the two partners.

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This German museum has a special connection with the historical roots of Solomon Guggenheim and his Foundation since the Guggenheim family were originally German, and Hilla Rebay (Baroness Hilla Rebay von Ehrenwiesen), the first director and curator of the New York Museum, emigrated to America from Prussia. Deutsche Guggenheim is now one of the top art museums in Europe for contemporary works.


The Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin hosts an exciting exhibition program of contemporary art which frequently draws from the extensive art collections of the Guggenheim Foundation (noted for its holdings of non-traditional works including collage and conceptual art by avant-garde practitioners like Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters and Robert Rauschenberg) and Deutsche Bank.

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For example, eminent presentations like Divisionism/ Neo-Impressionism: Arcadia and Anarchy (2007), and No Limits Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Works on Paper (2005) have debuted in Berlin before touring to other museums like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.

Upcoming shows in 2009 include exhibitions involving Anish Kapoor and Julie Mehretu, along with themed exhibitions called Utopian Matters and Picturing America.

In addition, each year, the Deutsche Guggenheim commissions one or more new works by top contemporary artists, which premiere in Berlin in exhibitions staged in conjunction with the creative practitioner and Guggenheim Museum curators.

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Over the past decade, many of these creative works have been exhibited in New York and Bilbao and have been acquired by the Guggenheim Foundation’s permanent collection. Participating artists in the series have included younger as well as established artists from various countries, working in a variety of media, from painting and photography to monumental sculpture, video art and installations. They include: Jeff Koons, Bill Viola, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James Rosenquist, John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven, William Kentridge, Gerhard Richter, Andreas Slominski, Phoebe Washburn, Lawrence Weiner, the photographer Jeff Wall, and Rachel Whiteread.

By underwriting works by these exceptional artists, the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum acts as both patron and promoter of contemporary art, and a catalyst for individual creativity. In the process, the Guggenheim Foundation both strengthens its commitments to established artists, and develops new ones with the stars of tomorrow's contemporary art movements.

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The Deutsche Guggenheim Museum is able to call upon the resources of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, whose worldwide collection of modern art and avant-garde works is probably unrivalled by any other cultural institute. In addition, it can access the art holdings of Deutsche Bank, which, ever since its foundation in 1870, has regarded its cultural commitment as an integral part of its commercial and social responsibility. Since 1979, in the execution of this policy, the Bank has amassed the largest single art collection of any company in the world, numbering in excess of 50,000 works, featuring mainly drawings and contemporary works on paper.

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Contemporary artworks commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum have included:

By Hanne Darboven
- Hommage à Picasso, 1995–2006

By William Kentridge
- Black Box / Chambre Noire, 2005

By Bill Viola
- Going Forth by Day, 2002

By Phoebe Washburn
- Regulated Fool's Milk Meadow, 2007

By Lawrence Weiner
- Nach Alles/ After All, 2000

By Gerhard Richter
- Eight Gray, 2002

By John Baldessari
- Beast (Orange) Being Stared At: With Two Figures (Green, Blue), 2004
- Eight Couples: Fighting (from White to Black), 2004
- Six Couples: People and Animals (from Violet/Yellow to Red/Green), 2004
- Tiger (Orange) and Trainer: With Three Figures (Red, Yellow, Blue), 2004
- Umbrella (Orange): With Figure and Ball (Blue, Green), 2004

By Jeff Koons
- Mountains, 2000
- Sandwiches, 2000

By James Rosenquist
- The Swimmer in the Econo-mist (painting 1), 1997–1998
- The Swimmer in the Econo-mist (painting 2), 1997
- The Swimmer in the Econo-mist (painting 3), 1997–1998

By Andreas Slominski
- Bird Trapping Station, 1998–99
- Cough Syrup Transport System, 1998

By Hiroshi Sugimoto
- Benjamin Franklin, 1999
- Henry VIII, 1999
- Catherine of Aragon, 1999
- Charles I, 1999
- Elizabeth I, 1999
- Emperor Hirohito, 1999
- The Last Supper, 1999
- Napoleon Bonaparte, 1999
- Oscar Wilde, 1999
- Pope John Paul II, 1999
- Rembrandt van Rijn, 1999
- Sir Winston Churchill, 1999
- Voltaire, 1999
- William Shakespeare, 1999

By Jeff Wall
- Cold storage, 2007
- Tenants, 2007
- War game, 2007

By Rachel Whiteread
- Untitled (Apartment), 2001
- Untitled (Basement), 2001

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Opening Hours and Admission

Open 11am-8pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday;
11am-10pm Thursdays.
Admission €4; Free under-12s. Free to all on Mondays.

Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0)30 20 20 93-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 20 20 93-20

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