House of the Cultures of the World

Haus der Kulturen der Welt: HKW

The Centre of international contemporary arts in Germany is an incredibly interesting place whether we speak about its exterior or interior. The building was constructed in 1989; the form of the curved roof strikingly resembles a bird with large wings, the symbol of freedom. Originally the Centre hosted only scientific conferences but gradually it became the centre of international cultures presenting exhibitions, concerts and performances by authors from different countries of Asia, Africa and South America. Annually the House of Cultures of the World becomes the platform for the grand festival "Transmediale Berlin" which attracts famous artists, scientists, philosophers and journalists from all parts of our planet. Outside the entrance there is a large bronze sculpture called Butterfly. As the sculpture does not really remind of a butterfly, it was named by Berliners "The Smile of Jimmy Carter". The sculpture however became the icon of the House of Cultures of the World and of Berlin. This museum is one of sixteen "lighthouses of culture" which receives funding from the federal government.

Address: John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10 am – 7 pm
How to reach: Hauptbahnhof S3, S5, S7, S9, S75; Bundestag U 55
Coordinates: 52.518774, 13.364727