The Hamburger Bahnhof is a brilliant Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin housed in a renovated train station. Reconstructed by architect Josef Paul Kleihues and re-opened in 1996, the art museum -- "Museum für Gegenwart" -- is set within an impressive Neoclassical façade flanked by two towers. A grand industrial hall serves as the main exhibition space, where a brilliant blue and green neon light installation by Dan Flavin is currently set.
The original building dates back to the mid 19th century and features grand windows and skylights set amidst curvy steel beams. Walking along the corridors, visitors can experience how the station was back in the old days. On the inside and the outside, Dan Flavin‘s neon lights brighten up the neo-classical building. Two new wings are set along the building’s sides. They showcase multidisciplinary works like the Architektonika 2 exhibition.
One particularly dazzling exhibition is NYC-based artist Anthony McCall‘s “Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”, which allows visitors to step into beams of light and change their appearance. The exhibition is on until the 12th od August, so don’t miss out of you are around Berlin!
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat