The Media Collection

Marina Abramović, A Performance Anthology I (1975-1980). 3. Teil: 14 Performances Relation Work (1976-1980), 1976-1980

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The collections of the Hamburger Kunsthalle are not on display as preparations are being made for the modernisation work. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to our collection display SPOT ON, which features a selection of more than 200 masterpieces from six centuries of art history. Extending over 2,000 m2 on the lower ground floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart, the exhibition SPOT ON is on display till 17 January 2016.

The Media Collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle dates back to 1977. Through the years it has become the largest museum collection for media art in northern Germany. Archim Lipp from the department of education started it off with the acquisition of single videos. Since 1980 records and media for the storage of sound were also collected. Dr. Holger Broeker and later Dr. Annelie Lütgens took over the care for the collection. Since the festival for media art „MEDIALE" in 1993, Frank Barth systematically set up a department for media art with its own collection. Currently this collection includes 265 items of video art (multiple channel installations, single tapes, artist film, etc) and 324 audio items (records, compact discs and audio tapes). The aim of the collection is an exemplary reflection of main developments within the history of media art and to complement foci within the Kunsthalle's collection of contemporary art. Video has developed into the most advanced artistic medium, which unifies a moving image with a space, language and sound. Also the more traditional artists working with sculpture, painting or photography resort to the use of the possibilities of form and content this medium offers. A further emphasis lies in the cooperation with younger artists from Hamburg, whose new approaches to the medium are presented to a large public. The labour-intensive technical and financial basis for this collection could be created thanks to an exceptionally fruitful collaboration with collectors of video-art and generous sponsors.

The year 1999 marked the founding of the VIDEO Club 99, the motivation of which was to create a platform for continuous exhibitions of the current collection and new acquisitions. Two thematic video-exhibitions with works of the collection, Schrägspur, 2002, and Sommerfrische, 2004, were presented in the Gallery of Contemporary Art. A third large exhibition titled SNAFU is planned for the beginning of 2006.

Among others, the media collection includes works by:

Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Claus Böhmler, Candice Breitz, Günter Brus, Chris Burden, Peter Campus, Tracey Emin, Valie Export, Dan Graham, Johan Grimonprez, Rebecca Horn, Christian Jankowski, Joan Jonas, Mike Kelley, Gordon Matta-Clark, Shirin Neshat, Jane and Louise Wilson, Dennis Oppenheim, Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, Ulrike Rosenbach, Gregor Schneider, Richard Serra, Franz-Erhard Walther, Gillian Wearing, Hannah Wilke.


Schrägspur. Skewed Track. Video installations from the Collection , 2002.

Sommerfrische. Summer Retreat. Artsits' Videos with Esprit. A Programme for Air-Conditioned Rooms , 2004.

VIDEO Club 99