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© 2020 Schirin Kretschmann / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, courtesy: the artist, photo: Schirin Kretschmann

"Painting Space" brings together a variety of contemporary artists exploring the materiality of painting and its relationship with space. Existing works sit alongside new commissions created especially for this show, inviting visitors to experience painting both visually and physically.

Although abstract and performance art have challenged the Western tradition of painting and devised new forms, the concept is still associated with paint on canvas. What happens when paint escapes the canvas and occupies entire spaces or objects? Many of the artists featured in the exhibition respond to this question by deconstructing painting into separate components, reducing it to minimal elements, turning it into a spatial experience, experimenting with surface and paint, and ultimately dissolving the boundaries between painting, installation and sculpture. The exhibition encourages visitors to step “inside the picture” and discover new perspectives on the Gropius Bau’s architecture.

Opening hours,

  • Monday 09:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday-Sunday 09:00 - 21:00
Last entry

30 min. before closing time

Exhibition Hella Jongerius: Wednesday till Monday 10:00 bis 19:00.

Please book a time slot ticket in our online store before your visit:

  • 1. January 10:00 - 19:00
  • 24. December closed
  • 31. December closed


Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin


+49 (30) 254 86-0




Admission price 15,00 €

Ticket Yayoi Kusama

Ticket Hella Jongerius: 9 / 6 €

Reduced price 10,00 €

16 and under free admission

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Admission price

15,00 €

Ticket Yayoi Kusama

Ticket Hella Jongerius: 9 / 6 €

Reduced price

10,00 €

16 and under free admission

Group ticket

Due to the current situation we do not offer special prices for groups.






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© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler, courtesy: Kunstmuseum Basel, loan of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Stiftung
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