Interventions into Architecture: Archive Gallery 2015/16

Permanent Exhibition 18.09.15 – 18.09.16

The second presentation in Haus der Kunst's Archive Gallery focuses on interventions in the building's architecture and treatments of its facade. With "Résistance" by Christian Boltanski (1993–94) and Gustav Metzger's "Travertine/Judenpech" (1999), Haus der Kunst reanimates the first two artistic interventions created specifically for the facade and portico of the National Socialist building, which opened in 1937. Both projects subtly sensitize viewers to the relationship between Nazi megalomania and the traumatic experiences of the people who became victims and opponents of the Nazi regime because of their origin or beliefs. The works made an important contribution to defining the position of the historically-burdened building within the topography of memory in urban public space. Twenty years later, their reinstallation provokes new examinations of and reflections on the structure, not least among the younger generation. 

The gallery is accessible from Haus der Kunst's Middle Hall; admission is free. The interventions of Christian Boltanski and Gustav Metzger on the building's south facade can also be visited outside of regular opening hours. In creating the Archive Gallery in 2014, Haus der Kunst has established a new research and exhibition center – situated in a central exhibition space designed by the artist and cultural theorist Martin Schmidl. The Archive Gallery represents the visible memory of the often turbulent history and complex historical process that have produced Haus der Kunst in its present form. The basis for its exhibitions are the holdings of the institution's Historical Archives, which were documented in their entirety for the first time in 2004 by the historian Sabine Brantl. This new format intends to successively introduce an open and dynamic form to the generally static connotations associated with the term "archive".

Planned for the Archive Gallery are additional rotating presentations that explore various topics and are created in cooperation with international institutions, artists, and scholars; the interactive range will be continually expanded to this end.

Interventions into Architecture: Archive Gallery 2015/16


Stretch your view

Stretch your view


Interventions into Architecture

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


Christian Boltanski: Résistance

As part of the Archive Gallery's 2015/16 program, two former artistic interventions on Haus der Kunst's facade have been reactivated: Christian Boltanski's "Résistance" and Gustav Metzger's "Travertin/Judenpech". MORE


Gustav Metzger: Travertine/Judenpech

As part of the Archive Gallery's 2015/16 program, two former artistic interventions on Haus der Kunst's facade have been reactivated: Christian Boltanski's "Résistance" and Gustav Metzger's "Travertin/Judenpech". MORE


Archive Gallery 2014/15

08.03.14 – 06.09.15

The Archive Gallery in Haus der Kunst is a new interdisciplinary research and exhibition center and the visible memory of the turbulent history and the complex historical process that has made Haus der Kunst what it is today. MORE


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


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


Worksheets on the Archive Gallery 2015/16

Here you find the worksheets on the Archive Gallery 2015/16 and the works of Gustav Metzger and Christian Boltanski 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

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

In the press

Histories in Conflict

Read a selection of the latest press reports, radio features, and reviews of the exhibition. MORE


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


Wilhelm Lehmbruck

The exhibition focused on 46 sculptures, but also draw the viewer's attention to a number of various paintings, drawings, and graphic works, thereby revealing a largely unknown aspect of the artist's body of work. 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 1930s. Setting: Germany

11.02 – 17.04.77

Golo Mann praised the exhibition of German painting, sculpture, and decorative arts in the 1930s as a bold undertaking, for this period had previously been taboo. 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

In the press

Reviews on Archive Gallery in Haus der Kunst

Here you find different press reactions to the newly opened Archive Gallery. MORE


Worksheets on Archive Gallery

Worksheets on topics related to the Archive Gallery can be downloaded here. 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


Luc Tuymans

02.03 – 12.05.08

The Belgian artist Luc Tuymans's paintings are unique in their intangibility, their mysteriousness and stillness. The exhibition brings together the artist's paintings from the last 30 years, as well as a wall drawing, which he created especially for this exhibition. MORE