Not sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, but great innocence was on the programme when it came to art around 1968.

In a seemingly naïve, but generally friendly way, the methods and means commonly used by artists were put into question. From Joseph Beuys to Andy Warhol, from Louise Bourgeois to Lawrence Weiner, more than two hundred artists took a new measure of the world. They fought the museums. They filled the august genres of painting and sculpture with irony. They themselves took on the tasks of operating spaces and critical formats. What was presented as innocent was meant as an extremely defiant correction of the art system. As was the case with the student revolts, it was about a nation of overarching impulse. The artists clearly put themselves at the center. It was the beginning of contemporary art culture. 

After the success of ‘1937: Perfection and Destruction’, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld is examining yet another year of significant cultural upheaval.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Stiftung der Sparkasse Bielefeld, the Stadtwerke Bielefeld, and other institutions.

March 15 – August 2, 2009

The Kunsthalle Bielefeld is a museum exhibiting modern and contemporary art. Its important collection of twentieth-century art includes works by Picasso, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Max Beckmann, Man Ray, members of the Brücke and the Blaue Reiter, the constructivists of the 1920s with Lázló Moholy-Nagy and Oskar Schlemmer, American and German art of the 1970s and ‘80s, and international sculpture by artists ranging from Rodin to Serra, Schütte, and Eliasson in the park at the Kunsthalle.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Gemeinnützige Betriebs-
gesellschaft mbH
Artur-Ladebeck-Straße 5
33602 Bielefeld
Tel. 0049.521.3299950-0
or 0049.521.3299950-10
Fax 0049.521.3299950-50

How to get there: [map]
by car: A2, exit Bielefeld-Zentrum
by train: IC/ICE
from Hamburg 270 km
from Berlin 400 km
from Munich 620 km
from Cologne 200 km

from the Bielefeld Hauptbahnhof: streetcar line 1 to Senne, get off at the Adenauerplatz; bus line 87/95 to Gütersloh, get off at the Kunsthalle stop

Bielefeld Tour Package here.


Kunsthalle Bielefeld Opening hours
daily 11:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Weds 11:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays.

24 and 31 December closed.
Open on 25 and 26 December and on 1 January.

Tues/Thus 2 – 6 p.m.
Weds 2 – 7 p.m.
Tel: 0049.521-3299950-18

Adults: 7.00 €
Discount: 2.00 to 5.00 €
Family ticket: 14.00 €
Annual pass: 35.00 €
Discounted annual pass: 25.00 €

Group discounts, discounts for schools and kindergartens, free admission for members of the Förderkreis, children under 6, Bielefeld Pass cardholders, students Wednesdays after 7 p.m.

Guided tours (please register first): 50.00 €
For schools: 35.00 €
Kindergartens: 30.00 €
Tel: 0049.521-3299950-13