Das Hamburger Kinderzimmer

A Playroom for the Beginning of Criticism by Olafur Eliasson

Das Hamburger Kinderzimmer

Das Hamburger Kinderzimmer (The Hamburg Nursery) by Olafur Eliasson (*1967), © 2009 Hamburger Kunsthalle, Photo: Ellen Coenders


the drop-in activity space for creative play at the Hamburger Kunsthalle

The artist Olafur Eliasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen) has designed something special for the ground floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart: a visual, experiential site in which adults and children aged 6 and up can engage creatively with art. The center of the room features Eliasson's interactive work The structural evolution project: a large table with Zometools – multicolored sticks of different diameters and balls that can be used to connect them. Children and adults are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and invent with new forms. Specially adapted for the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Eliasson combines The structural evolution project with approaches from his other works, using a lattice structure to create a special kind of exhibition area along the walls of the room. Visitors large and small can display their self-made projects on these partially mirrored shelves.

If you're visiting the Kunsthalle with your parents, grandparents or some friends and you like solving puzzles and being creative, why not come along to the HAMBURGER KINDERZIMMER, where you can experience our exciting new exhibition with manigfold activity stations and create your own masterpiece with multi-coloured elements / Stäbe given to you by the famous artist Olafur Eliasson? You can also use our free trail map to explore the Hamburger Kunsthalle together as a family. It's full of puzzles, games and fun facts about the artworks on show.Starting out from the HAMBURGER KINDERZIMMER, it'll take you on an exciting tour through six centuries of art.

Our brand-new exhibition is all about crazy patterns and puzzles! Lots of great artists over the last 600 years have been fascinated by patterns, repeated shapes, lines or colours, mandalas, rhythmic designs and decorative ornaments. From geometric arrangements of tiles in Old Master paintings and scrolling leaves on fine porcelain to tricky puzzle sculptures – you'll find all kinds of amazing patterns in nature and at home, but also and above all in the exciting world of art.

Pick up our new magical trail map and go on a journey of discovery through the Kunsthalle collection, following a specially developed trail that starts at the HAMBURGER KINDERZIMMER. In this hands-on activity space, which was designed in collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson, you'll find lots of pattern-themed paintings, sculptures, prints, videos, puzzles and games, as well as thousands of multicoloured building sticks you can all use to invent, construct and exhibit your own magical patterns and puzzles...turning your family into a team of creative pattern designers!

Who? The Hamburger Kinderzimmer welcomes children aged from 6 on accompanied by their families.The space can also be booked for children's birthday parties or school visits. For more information or to make a booking, please call +49-(0)40-4281310.

Where? The Hamburger Kinderzimmer is on the ground floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart. The trailmap is available from the ticket office in the Galerie der Gegenwart.

How much does it cost? A visit to the HamburgerKinderzimmer is included in the price of admission. The trail map isavailable free of charge from the ticket office in the Galerie der Gegenwart when you buy a family day ticket.

Opening hours of the Hamburger Kinderzimmer:

Tue – Fri 3 – 6 pm;weekends and public holidays 10 – 6 pm.

Curator of the Hamburger Kinderzimmer: Dr. Annabelle Görgen-Lammers

We would like thank to the Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlungen for their support in purchasing this work by Olafur Eliasson on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary

Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlungen (SHK)

as well as the Malschule in der Kunsthalle e.V.
and Montana Møbler A/S for their additional patronage.