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House of World Cultures

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The House of World Cultures is a cultural institution which holds exhibitions, plays, concerts and other forms of artistic expression. Its key is that it shows art forms from outside Europe. Because of the important cultural role it plays, the house receives economic help from the federal government and is considered a genuine ´beacon of contemporary culture`. 

It is, in fact, a palace of congress that was built for the International Interbau Architecture Exhibition in 1957. 

Its headquarters are in the building known as Kongresshalle, which was designed by the North American architect Hugh Stubbins Junior. Despite dating from 1957, its structure is very modern. As you will have seen, it forms the shape of an open shell and for this very reason the Germans call it “Schwangere Auster”, which means ´the pregnant oyster”.

In the pond in front of the building there is a huge sculpture by the British sculptor Henry Moore. 

It is worth visiting this building just because of its original mollusc shaped design. And if you have time, you can always enjoy one of the exhibitions being held inside, or even go to see one of its plays, dance performances or concerts – all of which always come from outside Europe.

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