Archiv Galerie 2020/21: Archives in Residence – euward Archiv, Installation view Haus der Kunst, 2020 / Photo Maximilian Geuter
Archive Gallery: Historical Documentation
Sep 18, 2020 – Mar 26, 2023
Haus der Kunst
Munich, Germany

New documentation about the history of Haus der Kunst has been designed for presentation in the Archive Gallery. Housed in a centrally located exhibition space, the Archive Gallery represents the visible history of the institution’s varied past. Opened in 1937 as the “House of German Art,” it was one of the Nazi regime’s first showcase structures and a central location for art and propaganda.

The new historical documentation focuses on the themes “Architecture and Ideology,” “Upheavals and Transitions” in the context of the postwar period, and “Reflection and Reaction.” The examination of architecture and legacy has been integral to the museum’s program since the mid-1990s. Artists who exhibit at Haus der Kunst actively engage in this process of exploration.

The scenography (architecture and graphics) for the historical documentation was developed in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Munich; project participants include Evita Ebert, Simona de Fabritiis, Julius Niemeyer, Sebastian Strobl, and Pauline Weertz under the direction of Martin Schmidl.

Curated by Sabine Brantl.