Martin-Gropius-Bau (MGB) is a venue for traveling international exhibitions and covers photography, art history and contemporary arts in particular. The exhibitions continue to surprise the visitors, such as the multimedia exhibition From Spark to Pixel or the marrying of old calligraphy with contemporary installations in Taswir. Some of their retrospectives include names such as Rebecca Horn, Richard Avedon, Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei and Cindy Sherman. MGB is an established art space and its profile makes it comparable with the nave of the Grand Palais in Paris and Tate Modern in London.
MGB was built at the end of the nineteenth century as the Museum for Applied Arts. The building suffered during the war, but it opened its doors again after renovations in 1981. MGB is one of the projects of the Berliner Festspiele, a publicly funded cultural organization, staging interdisciplinary festivals in Berlin throughout the whole year, from theatre to music. MGB is located in the heart of Berlin, close to Potsdamer Platz.
The building dazzles with a Neo-Renaissance architecture style and a breathtaking inner hall, often integrated in the ongoing exhibitions. So even the venue alone is worth a visit.