On 9 November 1989, Deichtorhallen started its exhibition programme with “obviousness” by Harald Szeemann. Since then, the converted wholesale market halls have established themselves as an internationally renowned venue for contemporary art and photography. With their open steel and glass architecture, the two historic buildings from the early 20th century today offer the space for major international exhibitions in the “House of Photography” and in the “Hall for Contemporary Art”. In 2011, the Falckenberg collection in Hamburg-Harburg was added as third site. Since 1989, works by more than 1,900 artists have been presented in 90 groups and 120 solo exhibitions.
Fine Art of the 20th and 21st century
In addition to extensive monographic exhibitions by famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger, Louise Bourgeois or Gilbert & George, also younger artist are featured at the harbour end of Hamburg’s art mile. Thus, major exhibitions were also showcasing Andreas Gursky, Jonathan Meese, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Elizabeth Peyton. Exceptional shows such as “Perfect World” by Jason Rhoades and Antony Gormley’s “Horizon Field Hamburg” integrated the open area of Deichtorhallen consciously into their production. In addition, thematic and group exhibitions as well as major international art collections from Centre Pompidou, the Goetz Collection, the Julia Stoschek Collection or the collections by Olbricht, Falkenberg, and Sigg were shown. Also regularly on the agenda are exhibitions with a programmatic close of culture and everyday life, as well as with cultural and historical topics such as “Art & Economy” (2002) or “Wonder” (2011). A wide range of offers in the field of arts education with diverse partners accompany the exhibition program. A design shop, a book shop on photography, the F C Gundlach library as well as the award-winning restaurant “Fillet of Soul” complement the list of services and offers by Deichtorhallen. The galleries are managed by Dirk Luckow as artistic director and Bert Anthony Kaufmann as commercial director.
Exciting anniversary programme
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Deichtorhallen, the German artist Christian Jankowski will create new work with, Titled “Infidel luck”, the work pays tribute to the fall of the Berlin Wall and links it to the opening of Deichtorhallen Hamburg, which, by chance, took place on the same day, i.e. 9 November1989. The artistic work is exclusively on display on the jubilee day from5 – 9 p.m. at Deichtorhallenplatz. A review of Deichtorhallen’s 25-year exhibition history is being shown on the anniversary website that invites visitors to post pictures on the gallery’s history and shows. An open day with a special anniversary programme will follow in spring 2015 after the renovation of the “Hall for Contemporary Art”.