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29 Aug 2011

Side by Side at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

St. Adalbert, (Sw. Wojciech), Mirosław Balka, 1987, Photograph by Piotr Tomczyk © Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi

Side by Side. Poland—Germany.
A 1000 Years of Art and History
Royal Castle in Warsaw
Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin


23 September 2011 to 9 January 2012 Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 10 am to 8 pm


Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
Niederkirchnerstrasse 7
Corner Stresemannstrasse 110
10963 Berlin

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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

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.

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, Germany, 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