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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
Acryl on canvas, 177,8 x 152,4 cm

In the year marking the 30th anniversary of German reunification, the Gropius Bau will host a group exhibition uniting paintings created during the Cold War in both centres of global political power, including works by Andy Warhol, Il’ja Kabakov, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Erik Bulatov.

Titled "The Cool and the Cold. Painting from the USA and the USSR 1960–1990. Ludwig Collection", the exhibition puts into relation works by Andy Warhol, Il’ja Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Lee Lozano, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Viktor Pivovarov, Natal’ja Nesterova and Ivan Čujkov featured in the Ludwig Collection. Peter and Irene Ludwig were among the first European collectors of American pop art and art from the Soviet Union; their extensive collection thus makes possible critically juxtaposing works from both sides of the East-West conflict. The exhibition at the Gropius Bau examines how artists reacted to the political and aesthetic questions of their time and negotiated ideas of individual and societal freedom. In the dialogue between three decades of conceptual art and pop art, art becomes legible as an expression of and commentary on ideologies.

Curated by Benjamin Dodenhoff and Brigitte Franzen
Organised in cooperation with the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation

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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Ticket Yayoi Kusama

Ticket Hella Jongerius: 9 / 6 €

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16 and under free admission

Group ticket

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






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