Press release, May 19, 2021

HKW reopening on May 27

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) will open its doors on May 27 for the exhibitions Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s and Potosí Principle – Archive. They will be followed on June 9 by the exhibition Investigative Commons. In addition, visitors can see a video installation by Meg Stuart as part of CC: World in the building and the installations Redefining the Power / After Dürer in the Mirror Pond.

On Thursday, May 27, there will be press tours for the exhibitions Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s and Potosí Principle – Archive:

12 noon: Press tour Potosí Principle – Archive with Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann
2 pm: Press tour Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s with Tom Holert

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Current opening hours: Daily, except Tuesdays, 12 noon – 8 pm

Time-slot tickets will be available starting on May 25, 2021 at Tickets for the following week will be released each Tuesday. We strongly recommend booking tickets online in advance. Time-slot tickets can also be purchased on site at the box office, subject to availability.

An exhibition visit is possible only with a negative coronavirus test taken within 24 hours of the time of admission or proof of completed, full vaccination protection or by showing a PCR test that can be used to prove a past case of COVID-19. These proofs do not exempt visitors from the mask requirement and other hygienic and distancing rules. Information for visitors at

The Weltwirtschaft restaurant offers take-away food and drinks from 11 a.m. at the kiosk on the roof terrace and at the Spreepavillon. The restaurant terrace and the beer garden on the Spree will be open from May 21. More information at

Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s
until July 11, 2021

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The exhibition Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s spotlights the interactions between concepts and architectures of learning and looks back on the decades after the Sputnik shock of 1957 when education expanded on a global scale. The exhibition and the eponymous publication show how spaces of learning were constantly rethought and planned under the pressure of demographic and technological developments, the Cold War and the 1968 movements. In collaboration with artists, researchers and architects, curator Tom Holert investigates an era of experimentation and proposes that we discover them as archives and resources for current debates. An accompanying program creates a variety of approaches and deeper thematic insights into the exhibition content.

Potosí Principle – Archive
until July 11, 2021

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What is the correlation between extractivism and the Inquisition? European capitalism would be inconceivable without the colonial-era exploitation of people and nature in Latin America. From the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, forced labor made the city of Potosí, today in Bolivia, one of the most important silver mining regions in the world – and emblematic of the first global economic power. Potosí Principle – Archive begins where the exhibition The Potosí Principle (2010-11) ended and, ten years later, asks again: Where can the principle of global exploitation be found today?

The exhibition presents the archives of this project, which the artists Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann have worked on since 2018. The archive can be seen as a reading room with 36 booklets linked to pictures and art objects. It sees itself less as a documentation and collection of project sources; instead asking about its blind spots. At the same time, it is a continuation of the artistic practice of that time, juxtaposing Baroque imagery from Potosí and the La Paz region with contemporary new productions.

Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin.
until August 29, 2021

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The architect and urban planner Werner Düttmann would have turned one hundred on March 6, 2021. He shaped Berlin like no other in the post-war period. Together with Franz Mocken, from 1957 Düttmann was also responsible for the construction of the Congress Hall, in which HKW is located today. The exhibition Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin., initiated and conceived by the Brücke-Museum, honors his work. For the anniversary, 28 “exhibition satellites” designed by the Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik – one in front of HKW’s outdoor stairway – will draw attention to his buildings in the city. Info panels at HKW present archival material and historical documents about Düttmann’s use of forms, the history of the Congress Hall and its location in the Tiergarten.

Investigative Commons
June 9 - August 8, 2021

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Neo-fascist “post-factual” epistemology is on the rise. As a result of its gaining strength, many people cling to traditional pillars of power and knowledge – state institutions, law and order and the police. But what can civil society do when these very institutions are responsible for crimes, state terrorism and cover-ups?

The Investigative Commons exhibition presents new forms of collaborative truth production and investigative aesthetics. Open-source investigations, “counter-forensics” and strategic human rights litigation are linked and the situated knowledge of survivors of violence and expropriation combined with the methods of investigative reporters, whistleblowers, activists, lawyers, scientists, artists, architects and cultural institutions. The focus is on current human rights cases of social urgency and their institutional entanglements: racist policing as well as deportation and border systems, cyber surveillance, ecological or ongoing colonial violence.

The exhibition and accompanying program launch Investigative Commons, an interdisciplinary practice initiated by Forensic Architecture, FORENSIS and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in collaboration with, among others, Laura Poitras / Praxis Films, Bellingcat, Mnemonic and HKW. At the same time, FORENSIS will be presented, a new association in Berlin founded by Forensic Architecture and named after the launch exhibition at HKW in 2014.

Berlinale Summer Special
June 9-20, 2021

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Berlinale in the open air: In the exceptional year of 2021, the Berlinale will show films at 16 outdoor venues in a specially made open-air cinema at Museum Island, in outdoor versions of “Kiez-Kino” local screenings and in the middle of the Tiergarten in HKW’s Westgarten. At HKW, the festival sections Forum and Forum Expanded will show international cinema productions of feature films, documentaries and short film programs that often deal with intense crises. They are about encounters with a murderer, the life of an activist, a dementia patient on a Caribbean island, but also about the cathartic confrontation of a film director with her situation as a non-German in Berlin or a crash course in Black resistance.

With films by, among others, Ephraim Asili, Cynthia Beatt, Christophe Cognet, Fabrizio Ferraro, Salomé Jashi, Prapat Jiwarangsan, PolakVanBekkum, Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Jonna Kina, Angelika Levi, Vincent Meessen, Avi Mograbi, Susana Nobre, Moumouni Sanou, Kerstin Schroedinger, Moritz Siebert, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Emily Wardill, Chris Wright & Stefan Kolbe

More information about the program will be available starting May 20, online tickets can be purchased starting May 27.

Redefining the Power / After Dürer
starting May 2021

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With Redefining the Power, Kiluanji Kia Henda presents works from his long-term photography series Homen Nuovo (New Man) on the fate of colonial monuments in Luanda. Most statues celebrating “discovery,” conquest, enslavement and domination were already damaged or removed in Luanda during the civil war period (1975 to 2002). A city with empty pedestals represents a time of transition, a dangerous but productive uncertainty in terms of collective memory and imagining the future. In his photographic works, Kiluanji Kia Henda stages on these pedestals pivotal figures from Angola’s contemporary cultural life and underground, but also from the African diaspora in Portugal.

Andreas Siekmann’s work After Dürer (2019) is a contemporary interpretation of Albrecht Dürer’s unrealized Monument to the Vanquished Peasants (1525). It was Dürer’s response to the so-called German Peasants’ War, in which the rural population of what is now southern Germany and Austria revolted against feudal rule. Alongside the colonial expansion of Europe, there was also widespread dispossession of the poor population within Europe. The work relates this “inner” dimension of colonialism to contemporary global developments.

The installations can be seen in HKW’s Mirror Pond starting in May 2021.

CC: World – Meg Stuart
starting May 2021

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As part of the CC:World project, the American choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart is showing videos of a dance performance on the roof of HKW. CC: World is a series of digital letters in video, written and audio format in which international artists, authors and scholars reflect on the social, political and economic upheavals of a radically new world in the coronavirus pandemic.

Meg Stuart’s video installation can be seen in the windows on the Spree side of the building and on the roof of HKW as well as online.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Federal Foreign Office.

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