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“huge, amazing, exhausting, creepy guards”
Review of Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof
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Ranked #137 of 929 things to do in Berlin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Reading other reviews of berlin galleries it seems that German gallery attendants have a reputation for being a bit...strict. The bad news is that the examples at hamburger banhof totally reinforce that reputation. One seems to be lurking at every corner, following you with their eyes or shadowing your moves from room to room. Step too close to a painting, even one without any kind of barrier, and a guard will quickly order you to move away. Its intrusive, unnecessary and sometimes a bit creepy. Angela Merkel, if you're reading this, please tell your cultural paramilitary forces to relax and let people enjoy Berlin's many superb art galleries. And hamburger banhof is surely of one of the best. That's the good news. Crisp and white, this cavernous place goes on and on. In one three hour visit I heard delicate music by susan philipsz in the main hall, watched real life wargame videos by harun farocki upstairs, walked amid Warhols and wandered for an age among in the wall works show. By the time I got to the Joseph beuys exhibition, of which the gallery is very proud, I could take no more. The morning had passed into the afternoon. I'd entered the twilight Artzone. Even the shop's great. Face it: the Germans do art well, despite the heavy-handed guard thing.

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Reviewed 1 February 2014

This is a great museum to visit. Not everything is great, but the exhibition The End Of The 20th Century was inspiring. Getting introduced to new artists and more established ones is always good. The building is amazing too.

I love this museum and its bookstore (like the one in Cologne). It is one of my favorite bookstores.

Thank sussed_nl
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

The city is very historic with lots of monuments like Cathedral, museums, night life, and food joints. Had a wonder full 3 days Stay

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Reviewed 5 January 2014

I found several interesting exhibitions in the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in January 2014, as well the permanent exhibition is very interesting (includes work by Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol for example).
The current sculptures exhibition in the main hall is good too.
Not all the museum was worth it, but that's like the contemporary art usually is.

The book shop is good too with many kinds of items.

I used the Museum Card (which is given for 3 days) for the entrance ticket.

Thank Boris K
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

This show has been running for some little while in Berlin's main contemporary arts museum, and shows until January 2014. Examining the study of the human form within contemporary sculpture and including some 2 dozen or more pieces from the Nationalgalerie collection, this venue is the ideal location for the show, with its clear space and excellent natural lighting.

Visitors are greeted by the sensationalist Paul McCarthy Michael Jackson and Bubbles, but it is the other far more provocative pieces on display into whose often disturbing but very real worlds that your gaze is arrested. Your mind quickly follows the eyes, as one by the one the other works ensnares you.

Although the show concentrates on the contemporary, one piece in the centre of the former station concourse, by Wilhelm Lehmbruck from the early 20th Century stands out, the weight of the world an unbearable burden upon the shoulders and heart of the figure, wracked on his knees, his head on the floor.

The show is not all dark and displays a wide range across the human condition, and is an absolute must see before it finishes in January 2014.

Thank Seanie O
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