Deichtorhallen Hamburg is one of Europe’s most exciting and expansive destinations for contemporary art, occupying several historic buildings and old market halls on the grounds of the former Berliner Bahnhof on the banks of the Norderelbe.
The institution is split into several buildings, all of which have been renovated to celebrate their fascinating industrial architecture – the Hall for Contemporary Art, the House of Photography, and the Falkenberg Collection. The first, at nearly 4000 square metres, is the continent’s largest continuous space for contemporary art. It often houses impressive, large-scale projects and exhibitions that would simply be impossible at any other destination, having hosted Gilbert and George’s large wall works, and Antony Gormley’s more imposing installations. The House of Photography is home to the unparalleled Gundlach collection of photographs and prints, which includes an amazing list of pieces by the likes of Diane Arbus, Larry Clark, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Philip Lorca diCorcia and Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as changing exhibitions on contemporary photography. Finally, the Falkenberg Collection shows contemporary art from Germany and the US over the last 30 years, both in temporary exhibitions and from the dynamic collection of Harald Falkenberg. It has a particular appreciation for large installations and multimedia projects, and previous artists exhibited include Mike Kelley, Thomas Hirschhorn, John Baldessari, Sarah Lucas, Richard Prince, and Larry Sultan.
These varied and ambitious buildings have allowed the Deichtorhallen Hamburg to become a fantastic centre for contemporary art, and a must visit for anyone in Hamburg.
Please note: The Hall for Contemporary Art is currently closed for extensive renovations. Please check back for more information upon its reopening.
Deichtorhallen Hamburg currently has restaurants, cafes, or bars.
The bookstore inside the House of Photography is perhaps the best arts book store in the city. Filled with signed books, small editions, prints, and collectables, as well as all manner of publications on art, design, and of course photography, it is the ultimate spot for anyone wanting to learn.
Tuesday – Sunday – 11.00 – 18.00
Subway: Steinstraße (U1)