Martin-Gropius-Bau 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. This 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.
The building suffered during the war, but it re-opened its doors after renovations in 1981. The exhibition hall is one of the projects of the Berliner Festspiele, the largest publicly funded cultural organization, staging interdisciplinary festivals in Berlin throughout the whole year, from theatre and music to immersive arts. Living up to the times we are in, one can experience also virtual reality and other immersive arts in some of the exhibitions at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
The place is close to Potsdamer Platz, a great area to discover not just palpable bits of history, but also public art. The building of Martin-Gropius-Bau dazzles with a Neo-Renaissance style and a breathtaking inner hall, often integrated in the ongoing exhibitions. So go there even if only to admire the architecture.