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Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt - schwangere Auster Berlin - Tiergarten
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Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt - schwangere Auster Berlin - Tiergarten |© holger doelle / Wiki commons

The History Of Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt In 1 Minute

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Updated: 7 December 2016
The Haus der Kulturen der Welt or the House of the World’s Cultures is a national center in Berlin that caters to non-European societies and cultures in the international contemporary art world. It receives federal funding because of its sheer quality, and takes pride in gracefully representing the sectors it covers. Additionally, it hosts author readings, film screenings, concerts, art exhibitions, academic conferences, and more. The center’s exterior is as visually stunning as what it chooses to showcase inside.

Located in Tiergarten park, its surroundings could not be more prestigious. It prides itself for giving a voice to contemporary issues as well as being a platform for diverse art forms from around the globe. Known for its binding promise to provide outstanding international aspects of contemporary culture, Haus der Kulturen der Welt fastidiously works to ensure quality and variety. Its aim is not only to broadcast non-European greatness in terms of culture but to be a platform to discuss, dissect, and investigate pressing topics nationally and globally. Care is given to the issue shaping the world with intellectual yet poetic insight in mediums that range from talks to exhibitions. The medium shifts as much as the topics.

Berlin is not an accidental location for this esteemed mecca of all things cultural. Being in the capital of Germany, it mirrors the idea of being a focal or connecting point for visitors and locals who want to be a part of the evolving and slightly amorphous concept of culture. Culture is a vast plane that encompasses many nuances and Haus der Kulturen der Welt takes on representing the multitude of voices, faces, and places that comprise this plane. It encourages a connection between its artistic representations and its visitors to create a dialogue about the present world. The building is a place that isn’t just interested in art for the sake of art, but artistic formats as a way of reaching people and encouraging active participation with the world.

The center used to be called Kongresshalle from 1957 to 1987, originally being a gift from the United States. After a roofing fiasco, it rebuilt with the same intention, but with a new name and face. Some Berliners refer to it as Schwangere Auster or the pregnant oyster because of its unique design.

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