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For 150 Years

Not a museum that just stands there and waits — but a place for lively encounters with art for ALL OF US. This claim expressed by our first director Alfred Lichtwark is still valid today. You may look forward to a unique collection, exiting exhibitions and a grand anniversary weekend at the end of August, to which we are inviting the city and all its guests to come to the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
150 years ago – in August 1869 – the Hamburger Kunsthalle opened its doors to the general public in its own building. An initiative of Hamburg citizens had achieved its objective: Hamburg with its new art museum had caught up with other major cities in Germany and created a permanent location for the engagement with art. 
Ever since the Hamburger Kunsthalle has time and again set new standards for museum work. The first director Alfred Lichtwark, for instance, opened up the house for radically new visitor groups and developed a wide-ranging artistic and educational programme. After the Second World War, the Kunsthalle became an important place for the revived encounter with modern art. In the 1970s and 1980s the Hamburger Kunsthalle substantially contributed to developing a new form of special exhibitions in which both comprehensive and topical subject matter could be debated through art. Since the 1990s the Kunsthalle has repeatedly designed innovative and pathbreaking educational formats aimed at offering many different audiences a wide variety of approaches to engage with art. The extensive process of digitalizing the Kunsthalle’s holdings, and thus its opening up to the digital world, is likewise driven by the claim of being a museum for everyone. With its extensive modernization in 2016, an inspiring and inviting architectural opening of the museum was accomplished. And, not least, it is the over 18,000 members of the Friends of the Kunsthalle who have enabled it to become one of the largest German art museums, an indication of how soundly the Kunsthalle is anchored in the community. 
In the anniversary year 2019, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is making reference to its 150-year-old claim of being a place for the city and a place for ALL OF US. We intend to explore and enforce the open character of the house with numerous activities and events. The anniversary exhibition BESTÄNDIG. KONTROVERS. NEU. (CONSTANT. CONTROVERSIAL. NEW.), from 23 August till 10 November 2019, traces these objectives across the 150 years and presents both the successes and unresolved questions springing from its history. 


 

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again and against

From the Collection of Contemporary Art
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The Video Is the Message

The Media Collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle
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In the Light of the North

Danish Painting from the Ordrupgaard Collection
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Edith Dekyndt

They Shoot Horses
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Consistant. Controversial. New.

Insights into 150 Years
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