The Unknown Political Prisoner

An International Sculpture Competition in the Cold War Era

October 30, 2020 – June 20, 2021

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The competition for the Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner was probably the most important art competition of the post-war period. More than 3,000 artists from all over the world participated, including sculptors and architects such as Max Bill, Alexander Calder, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Bernhard Heiliger and Anne Kahane.

Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin



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Kunsthaus Dahlem news

Current visiting regulations

We are all not only happy about better weather, but also a falling incidence, which makes life much easier. From Friday, June 4th, you will no longer be required to test for your visit. There is also no longer any need to book a time slot.

However, the mask requirement in the exhibition rooms and the previous regulations for contact tracking still apply.

We are looking forward to your visit!

Extended until July, 18!

Our current exhibition »The Unknown Political Prisoner« will run until July 18, 2021. We would like to thank all lenders who made this extension possible.

On Sunday, August 8th, we will then open our next exhibition »Henrike Naumann. Einstürzende Reichsbauten«.

We are looking forward to your visit!



Reopening May, 22nd!

We are pleased to announce the long-awaited reopening of the Kunsthaus Dahlem. Not only our exhibition “The Unknown Political Prisoner” can finally be visited again from May 22, 2021, our garden with sculptures by is green, blooming and invites you to linger. Time slots for visiting the exhibition (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) can be booked through the museum service. The visit is possible for those who have been tested, vaccinated, recovered and for recovered vaccinated persons.