Archive Gallery 2014/15

EXHIBITION 08.03.14 – 06.09.15

The Archive Gallery in Haus der Kunst is a new interdisciplinary research and exhibition center. Housed in a centrally located exhibition space in the museum, the Archive Gallery is the visible memory of the turbulent history and the complex historical process that has made Haus der Kunst what it is today, and that continues to affect its present. 

The basis for the Archive Gallery, which was designed by artist and cultural theorist Martin Schmidl, are the holdings of Haus der Kunst's Historical Archive, compiled in 2004 by historian Sabine Brantl. For the first presentation, the selected documents provide information about the building's origins and uses, as well as about how the structure was dealt with during the postwar period. The thematic focus of the selection thus introduces the building's imminent restoration, the planning for which was entrusted in 2013 to British architect David Chipperfield, whose design will completely restore the legibility of the building's burdened history. 

The Archive Gallery is a pilot project focused on examining and mediating the historical dimension of the present. This new format intends successively to introduce an open and dynamic form to the generally static connotation associated with the term 'archive'. Changing presentations, which explore various topics and are created in cooperation with international institutions, artists and scholars, are planned for the Archive Gallery; the interactive range will be continually expanded to this end.

Archiv Galerie, Installation view Haus der Kunst, photo Wilfried Petzi
Archiv Galerie, Installation view Haus der Kunst, photo Wilfried Petzi
"Große Deutsche Architektur- und Kunsthandwerk-Ausstellung" ["Great German Architecture and Crafts Exhibition"] at Haus der Deutschen Kunst, January 1938, Haus der Kunst, Historical Archive
Visit of the Italian Minister for Folk Culture Dino Alfieri (2. on the left) on the occassion of the opening of the
Visit of the Italian Minister for Folk Culture Dino Alfieri (2. on the left) on the occassion of the opening of the "Großen Deutschen Kunstausstellung 1939" ["Great German Art Exhibition 1939"], July, 16 1939, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München/Photothek
"Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung" ["Great German Art Exhibition"], 1940, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München/Photothek
Franzl Weiß,
Franzl Weiß, "Aufbau der Großen Deutschen Kunstausstellung 1939", 1939, Haus der Kunst, Historical Archive
Design drawing by Max Otto for the redesign of the former
Design drawing by Max Otto for the redesign of the former "Ehrenhalle", 1956, Haus der Kunst, Historical Archive
"This Mess is restricted to Section Chiefs of the 3rd U.S. Army Headquarters", print, c. 1945/46, Haus der Kunst, Historical Archive

Stretch your view

Stretch your view

Archiv Galerie 2014/15 

08.03.14 – 06.09.15 

Public tour / English

→ Friday, 27.05, 6:30 pm

Public tour / German

→ Saturday, 16.07, 2 pm

Picture Gallery

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

Historical Archive

Guided tours on the building's history and architecture

Saturday, 11.06, 11 am

Haus der Kunst's Historical Archive conducts two tours that focus on the building's history and architecture. MORE


Worksheets on Archive Gallery

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

Permanent Exhibition

Archive Gallery 2015/16

18.09.15 – 04.09.16

The second presentation in Haus der Kunst's Archive Gallery focuses on interventions in the building's architecture and treatments of its facade. 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


Archive Gallery

Saturday, 25.06, 11 am

Workshop for ages 6 and up: What does YOUR museum look like? Here we will create a mini-exhibition space according to your own ideas and using various tools and materials; or you can elaborate on or redesign the museum’s façade on paper as a collage. 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

In the press

Histories in Conflict

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

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


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


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


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