Visitors get insights into the respective exhibitions in various educational formats: guided tours in English and German, exhibition visits with art educators, guided group tours by appointment or talks with curators and experts shed light on thematic contexts and curatorial concepts. Audio guides in German and English called up via their smartphone navigate visitors through the sections and chapters of the exhibitions. Barrier-free offers, thematic introductions and architectural tours in English, French, Italian, Greek and Spanish complement the educational program.
The former Kongresshalle in Berlin-Tiergarten, an architectural landmark of western modernity, serves as both the headquarters and venue of HKW. The building was the U.S. contribution to the INTERBAU International Building Exhibition in 1957 and was designed to embody freedom in the exchange of ideas. Thus, from the very beginning the building was associated with ideas of western modernity as well as with the east-west positioning of those times. The HKW program, developed by curators, academics and artists, continuously subjects this history of modernity to (self-) critical revision.