Side by Side
Poland – Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History
23 September 2011–9 January 2012

Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
Niederkirchnerstrasse 7
Corner Stresemannstrasse 110
10963 Berlin, Germany
Opening Hours:
Wednesday to Monday, 10 am to 8 pm Tuesday closed
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Side by Side. Poland—Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History is a project curated by Anda Rottenberg developed in collaboration between the Royal Castle in Warsaw and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

In this major exhibition Poland and Germany look back at over one thousand years of shared history. From illuminated medieval manuscripts to contemporary artworks, this is the first presentation to illustrate the ten abiding ages of Polish-German neighborhood, spanning over 700 objects, highlighting key social and political events, scientific discoveries, and cultural developments. Outstanding artworks, documents, books, films, photographs, and music are brought together to create a unique and powerful picture. Testifying to the vitality and multifaceted nature of mutual relations, Side by Side explores the role of history and representation by crafting national and cultural identities.

With works by: Jankel Adler / Miroslaw Balka / Yael Bartana / Willi Baumeister / Joseph Beuys / Lucas Cranach the Elder / Albrecht Durer / Max Ernst / Tadeusz Kantor / Edward Krasinski / Jacek Malczewski / Kazimir Malevich / Jan Matejko / Hans Maler zu Schwaz / Adolph Menzel / Deimantas Narkevicius / Gerhard Richter / Wilhelm Sasnal / Gregor Schneider / Bruno Schulz / Daniel Schultz / Kurt Schwitters / Frank Stella / Franz von Stuck / Veit Stoss / Wladyslaw Strzeminski / Alina Szapocznikow / Leon Tarasewicz / Luc Tuymans / Piotr Uklanski / Andrzej Wajda / Krzysztof Wodiczko / Andrzej Wroblewski / Artur Zmijewski

Catalogue The exhibition is accompanied by an over 700-page comprehensive catalogue edited by Polish art historian Professor Malgorzata Omilanowska, including essays by leading experts from Germany and Poland as well as eminent guest authors from other countries. The catalogue will be published by the DuMont Verlag.

Side by Side. Poland–Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History

The project has been overseen by an academic advisory board headed by Professor Wladyslaw Bartoszewski.

Exhibition architecture by Jaroslaw Kozakiewicz

Berliner Festspiele. A collaboration between the Royal Castle in Warsaw and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland Christian Wulff, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Main Sponsor
Metro Group

The outreach program is enabled by
Deutsche Bank Stiftung

Media partners
Der Tagesspiegel, rbb Fernsehen, rbb radioeins, rbb kulturradio, rbb inforadio, Zitty Berlin, Dialog, Geschichte, Business & Diplomacy, Exberliner

Friede Springer Stiftung, Stiftung fuer Deutsch-Polnische Zusammenarbeit, Wall AG, Dussmann, Das Kulturkaufhaus; VisitBerlin, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Polkomtel S.A., Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Mobility partner
DB-Bahn AG

*Image above: Photo by Piotr Tomczyk. © Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi.