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The House of World Cultures is a forum for the contemporary arts. It it presents artistic productions from around the world and provides a platform for theatre and dance performances, film presentations, literature readings, conferences, exhibitions and series of events.
the Haus enables the voices of the world to be heard in their great diversity and gives them a productive place in the inner-societal dialogue. The Haus brings together artistic and social relationships in a special network that extends throughout and beyond Berlin. Here visitors can experience art as the practice of experimenting, questioning and discovering.
In 1989, a year of worldwide political upheaval, the House of World Cultures opened its doors in the Congress Hall in Berlin’s Tiergarten. In the following phase the Haus built its reputation through its engagement of internationally renowned artists and curators, anchoring itself in the city’s multicultural scene.
The building was constructed in 1957 by the American architect Hugh Stubbins as a contribution to the International Architecture Exhibition. The convention centre, which was co-funded by the U.S. government, is a symbol of German-American friendship and is there for enabling the free exchange of ideas.
The distinguishing, architectural feature is the roof that opens up in two directions and which appears to be free-floating. However, on account of building damage, parts of the roof collapsed in 1980 and it was not until 1987, on the 750th anniversary of Berlin, that the building was fully restored to its original state.