Alexandra Pirici at Hamburger Bahnhof

Published 8 APR 2024

 Alexandra Pirici. Attune 
25 April – 6 October 2024 
A special exhibition by Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 

Opening: Thursday, 25 April 2024, 7 pm 

This spring, Alexandra Pirici is set to present Attune – a major new site-specific installation with live performative action in a solo exhibition that will run from 25 April until 6 October 2024. The exhibition inaugurates a new annual commission for Hamburger Bahnhof’s historic central hall, which, in 2024, is co-commissioned by Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart and Audemars Piguet Contemporary. The exhibition is co-funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. 

Pirici will transform the central hall into a living, vibrant landscape in which performers and visitors will explore the emergence of complex structures amid chemical and physical reactions, sounds and movement. This new expansive exhibition consists of active sculptural elements as well as a live performative action that includes musical pieces, choreographed and composed by the artist. Elements of the environment, created by the artist and designed in collaboration with Andrei Dinu, make physical, biochemical, mathematical, and social processes of self-organisation tangible for visitors, recognising and celebrating an ongoing relationship between the animate and the inanimate as both metaphor and scientific fact. The chemical reactions, mineral formations and physical phenomena that perform alongside living bodies within the exhibition invite visitors to experience matter that is active and self-structuring, prompting us to reflect on how we resemble, influence and attune to one another. 

Alexandra Pirici, Portrait, photo by Andrei Dinu

Alexandra Pirici (b. 1982) is an artist with a background in choreography, whose artworks have been shown at the Venice Biennale – most recently in the 59th edition in the Central Pavilion in 2022 and at the 55th edition in 2013 in the Romanian Pavilion – as well as at the New Museum in New York in 2018, at Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2017, at Tate Modern London and Tate Liverpool in 2016, at Manifesta 10 St. Petersburg in 2014 and at the Centre Pompidou Paris in 2014, among many others. This will be the second collaboration between Pirici and Audemars Piguet Contemporary, following the programme’s support of Pirici’s Encyclopedia of Relations (2022) at the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale. The new co-commission enables the artist to develop her practice at a larger scale, incorporating both fixed physical structures alongside live performance.


The exhibition marks the beginning of a series of ongoing artistic explorations in Hamburger Bahnhof’s Central Hall. Responding to the historic architecture, these will now be commissioned and presented annually by Hamburger Bahnhof. The opening will take place as part of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2024. 

The exhibition is curated by Catherine Nichols, curator at Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, and is co-commissioned by Hamburger Bahnhof and Audemars Piguet Contemporary. Accompanying the exhibition is the fifth edition of the Hamburger Bahnhof’s catalogue series, published by Silvana Editoriale Milano. 

This exhibition is co-funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, which is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.