retrospective from november 5th 2005 to january 15th 2006
at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
This retrospective, made possible with support from the German Lottery Foundation, will take place in the ground floor and atrium of Martin-Gropius-Bau upon the 90th anniversary of Bernhard Heiliger’s birth. The conclusive catalog raisonné of his work, the result of almost ten years of research by the Bernhard Heiliger Foundation, will also be published at this time. Thematically, the exhibition will emphasize the 1950s and 1960s, and is to reconstruct Heiliger’s outstanding artistic role in post-war Germany.

The exhibition’s centrepiece will be the hanging of Kosmos 70 in the atrium of Martin-Gropius-Bau. This large, two-part hanging sculpture (9 x 18 x 4 m) hung in the foyer of the Berlin Reichstag from 1970 until 1994, and was removed during the building’s recent renovation by Sir Norman Foster.

An exhibition in the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders Building under the direction of Dr. Andreas Kaernbach, curator of the Bundestag art collection, is to run simultaneously with the retrospective. This exhibition will illuminate Bernhard Heiliger’s life, work and oeuvre as reflected in photography.

Following the Berlin exhibition a great many of the exhibits will travel to Museum Würth in Künzelsau. This second stop of the exhibition will run from March until July, 2006.