Histories in Conflict

In the press

With the exhibition "Histories in Conflict: Haus der Kunst and the Ideological Uses of Art, 1937-1955", Haus der Kunst commemorates the 75th anniversary of its opening in the summer of 1937. This date serves as the basis for the examination of its own past and the contemplation about the complex historical processes that produced Haus der Kunst in its present form. A selection of the latest press reports and reviews (in German) can be found here:    

→ The Guardian, 13.03.14
→ Kultur-Vollzug, Onlinefeuilleton, 23.12.12

→ Spiegel Online, 19.07.12

→ Abendzeitung, 18.07.12

→ Süddeutsche Zeitung, 18.07.12
→ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 15.06.12

Installation view, Histories in Conflict, Haus der Kunst, 2012, photo Maximilian Geuter

Stretch your view

Stretch your view


Histories in Conflict


The illustrated online tour guides you through the six stations of the exhibition "Histories in Conflict", which takes a critical look at Haus der Kunst's historical heritage. MORE




Art in the "Third Reich": Hitler's 'Brush Worker'

SPIEGEL ONLINE article on Adolf Ziegler, painter and president of the Reich's Chamber of Visual Arts, whose painting "The Four Elements" was on view in the exhibition "Histories in Conflict" MORE


Histories in Conflict

10.06.12 – 13.01.13

In 2012, Haus der Kunst opened its doors for its 75th year. At the same time, it looked back upon its 20-year existence as Stiftung Haus der Kunst München GmbH. MORE


Haus der Kunst, Munich. A Place and Its History in National Socialism


Allitera Verlag Munich, 2015. Published by Haus der Kunst. MORE

Pdf, Essay

History of the air-raid shelter in Haus der Kunst

Text on the history of the former air-raid shelter in Haus der Kunst by Munich historian Sabine Brantl. MORE

The Confiscation of "Degenerate Art" 1937–38

Database on all works of “degenerate art” confiscated from German museums in 1937/38. Project by the Freie Universität Berlin MORE


Degenerate Art — The Iconoclasm 25 Years Ago

The exhibition commemorated the defamatory "Degenerate Art" exhibition, which was ordered by Adolf Hitler and took place at the same time as the lavish launch of the "House of German Art" in 1937. MORE


Wounds of Memory

06.05 – 28.05.95

With "Wounds of Memory", organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi dictatorship, Haus der Kunst wanted to draw attention to the war's horrific banality. MORE

Picture Gallery


Histories in Conflict

Worksheets on topics related to the exhibition "Histories in Conflict" (10.06.12-13.01.13) can be downloaded (in German). MORE


Histories in Conflict



Histories in Conflict



The Munich School 1850–1914

28.07 – 07.10.79

Organized by the Bavarian State Painting Collections, this comprehensive exhibition presented works of the Munich School created between 1850 and 1914. MORE


Interventions into Architecture

Video about the artworks currently installed on Haus der Kunst's facade – by Mel Bochner, Christian Boltanski and Gustav Metzger MORE

Permanent Exhibition

Archive Gallery 2017/18

18.07.17 – 04.02.18

The focus is the summer of 1937 in Munich, when the new Haus der Deutschen Kunst opened with the first "Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung", and the vilified show "Entartete Kunst" [Degenerate Art] was presented concurrently in the gallery building in the nearby Hofgarten MORE


Withholding Images

Withholding Images MORE

Exhibition catalogue

Image Counter Image

With a foreword by Okwui Enwezor MORE

Activity sheets

Riddle rally for parents and children

Are you planning a visit to Haus der Kunst with kids? With pencil in hand, your children will be entertained as they discover the works of art. MORE


The Blue Rider in Munich and the art of the 20th century

Just a few years after the end of World War I, with the exhibition "Der Blaue Reiter", Haus der Kunst shifted its attention to an art movement that had once constituted a substantial part of the European avant garde, but was later denounced as "degenerate." MORE