Deichtorhallen, in Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

, is one of Europe's largest art centers for contemporary art and photography. The two historical buildings dating from 1911-13 are iconic in style, with their open steel-and-glass structures. It's architecture creates a backdrop for spectacular major international exhibitions. Since 2011, the two buildings at the interface of Hamburg's Kunstmeile and Hafencity
HafenCity is a quarter in the District of Hamburg-Mitte in Hamburg, Germany. It is located on the Elbe river island that use to be called Kehrwieder and Wandrahm....

 have been supplemented by a satellite in Hamburg's Harburg
Harburg is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It takes its name from the town of Harburg upon Elbe, which used to be the capital of the district but is now part of Hamburg...

 district, the Sammlung Falckenberg.


Between 1911 und 1914, Deichtorhallen were built as market halls on the grounds of the former "Berliner Bahnhof", Hamburg's counterpart to Berlin's "Hamburger Bahnhof
Hamburger Bahnhof
Hamburger Bahnhof is a former railway station in Berlin, Germany, on Invalidenstraße in the Moabit district opposite the Charité hospital. Today it serves as the Museum für Gegenwart , a contemporary art museum....

". They constitute one of the few surviving examples of industrial architecture from the transitional period between Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau is an international philosophy and style of art, architecture and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that were most popular during 1890–1910. The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art"...

 and 20th-century styles. The two halls are open steel structures, the northern hall is a longitudinal edifice boasting three naves and a 3,800 sq.m. footprint; the southern hall (1,800 sq.m.) is a building with a lantern roof. Rupprecht Matthies created two "language cylinders" visitors can walk through for Deichtorplatz - which is also home to a Richard Serra
Richard Serra
Richard Serra is an American minimalist sculptor and video artist known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal. Serra was involved in the Process Art Movement.-Early life and education:...

 sculpture. In the northern hall, there is a line of neon writing by Mario Merz
Mario Merz
Mario Merz was an Italian artist, and husband of Marisa Merz.-Life:Born in Milan, Merz started drawing during World War II, when he was imprisoned for his activities with the Giustizia e Libertà antifascist group. He experimented with a continuous graphic stroke–not removing his pencil point from...

 and a "Blue Disc" by Imi Knoebel
Imi Knoebel
Imi Knoebel, born Klaus Wolf Knoebel , is a German artist. He is known primarily for his minimalist and abstract painting and sculpture. The "Messerschnitt" or "knife cuts," are a recurring technique he employs, along with his regular use of the primary colors, red, yellow and blue...


Körber-Stiftung gifted the restored Deichtorhallen to the City of Hamburg, which has owned them ever since. In 1989, they were assigned to a limited liability company: Deichtorhallen-Ausstellungs GmbH. On Nov. 9, 1989 Deichtorhallen's international art exhibition program opened with the show "Einleuchten", curated by Harald Szeemann
Harald Szeemann
Harald Szeemann was a Swiss curator and art historian.-Life:Szeemann was born in Bern. He studied art history, archaeology and journalism in Bern and Paris, and in 1956 he began working as an actor, stage designer and painter, as well as doing one-man shows. He started creating exhibitions in 1957...

. Down through the years, Deichtorhallen Hamburg has emerged as an exhibition center for photography and contemporary art with three pillars of activities, three institutions under the single Deichtorhallen brand. Since 2009, Dr. Dirk Luckow has been Artistic Director of Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

Exhibitions (selection)

Wolfgang Tillmans
Wolfgang Tillmans
Wolfgang Tillmans is a German Fine-art photographer and artist. His comprehensive and diverse body of work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and an ongoing investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and also the first...


Martin Parr
Martin Parr
Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at aspects of modern life, in particular provincial and suburban life in England...


Jonathan Meese
Jonathan Meese
Jonathan Meese is a German painter, sculptor, performance artist and installation artist based in Berlin and Hamburg. His works include collages, drawings and writing. He also designs theater sets and wrote and starred in a play, "De Frau: Dr. Poundaddylein - Dr...


Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz is a German painter who studied in the former East Germany, before moving to what was then the country of West Germany...


Erwin Wurm
Erwin Wurm
Erwin Wurm is an Austrian artist born in Bruck an der Mur / Styria. He currently lives and works in Vienna and Limburg, Austria.Since the late 1980s he has developed an ongoing series of "One Minute Sculptures", in which he poses himself or his models in unexpected relationships with everyday...


Fischli & Weiss (2008)

Lillian Bassman
Lillian Bassman
- Life :Her parents were Jewish intellectuals who emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1905 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the Textile High School, with Alexey Brodovitch, in Manhattan and graduated in 1933...

 / Paul Himmel
Paul Himmel
Paul Himmel was a fashion and documentary photographer in the United States.Himmel was the son of immigrant Bohemian intellectuals. He took up photography as a teenager and studied graphic journalism under art director Alexey Brodovitch...


Herbert Tobias
Herbert Tobias
Herbert Tobias was a German photographer who specialized in black & white. He is credited with giving Christa Päffgen the sobriquet Nico. Also he made some famous portraits of the performer Valeska Gert and Andreas Baader from RAF. He was born in Dessau, and died in Hamburg, from AIDS.-External...


Katharina Fritsch
Katharina Fritsch
Katharina Fritsch is a contemporary sculptor. She currently lives and works in Düsseldorf.-Life:...


Nobuyoshi Araki
Nobuyoshi Araki
is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. He is also known by the nickname .-Life and career:Araki was born in Tokyo, studied photography during his college years and then went to work at the advertising agency Dentsu, where he met his future wife, the essayist Yōko Araki...


Poul Gernes (2010)

Julia Stoschek Collection (2010)

Gilbert & George (2011)

Marilyn Minter
Marilyn Minter
Marilyn Minter is an American artist currently living and working in New York City. Marilyn Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Les Rencontres d'Arles festival in 2007,...


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