Arts and trains have not ceased crossing paths. Be it trains threatening to come out of Lumière Brothers’ film at the end of the 19th century, be it locomotives entering the Nave of the Grand Palais in 2007, part of the L’Art Entre La Gare exhibition celebrating the 70th year of France’s national rail operator, trains continue to inspire.
Hamburger Bahnhof was transformed from a terminal station of the railway net into a museum and it has been a venue for Contemporary Art since 1996. There are no rail tracks anymore. However, the ephemeral element of a train station is fueled by the ever changing exhibitions: Felix Gonzalez Torres, Shirin Neshat, Robert Rauschenberg and Janet Cardiff are just a few of the artists shown here to the (more than) 250,000 visitors a year.
One can find this museum across the street from the Berlin main train station, in Moabit. Do stop by. It will be a story of trains of the past and art of the present.
Tip: Sarah Wiener’s restaurant shares the venue with the exhibition hall and can be a delightful stop over for catching your breath.