2019, Sun, Sep 08

30 Years HKW

Congress Hall, today Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 1989 | Landesarchiv Berlin/Photo: Hans Scherhaufer

Congress Hall, today Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 1989 | Landesarchiv Berlin/Photo: Hans Scherhaufer

The history of HKW is marked by upheavals, both internal and external, conceptual and substantial. The building, opened in 1958 as Congress Hall, was supposed to communicate a manifesto for freedom of thought and expression in the context of the Cold War. Since 1989, the winged roof of Haus der Kulturen der Welt has inscribed itself into Berlin's cultural and urban landscape.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary and as part of Tag des offenen Denkmals®, a multilingual program of guided tours allows visitors to experience the building’s iconic architecture. Experts and staff will offer guided tours of the “pregnant oyster,” as Berliners have nicknamed the building, in German, English, and Arabic for new arrivals, transients, long-time residents and families. In addition, a tactile tour will make the house accessible to visitors with and without visual impairment.

12 pm
من قاعة مؤتمرات إلى بيت الثقافات العالمية
القيادة في اللغة العربية
Guided tour in Arabic with Lama El-Khatib

1.30 pm
Tactile tour for visitors with and without visual impairment
Guided tour in German with Silja Korn and Ariane Pauls

2.30 pm
Return of the Modern Age
Guided tour in English with Andromachi Marinou-Strohm

4 pm
16h The House that lives
Guided tour for families in German with Ariane Pauls

4.30 h
The „Kongresshalle“ in Tiergarten: Architecture as an ideological medium then, now and tomorrow
Guided tour in German with Architekturkollektiv c/o now

5.30 pm
Symbol, Tragedy, Farce – Happy End: The Moving Architecture of the West Berlin Congress Hall
Guided tour in German with Steffen de Rudder

6 pm
From Congress Hall to HKW
Guided tour in German with Alexandra Engel