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Berlin is Germanys art capital

Old Masters and young galleries, historical art treasures and off-spaces. Berlin offers a unique wealth and diversity of art, making it easily Germanys most important art city. Berlins public museums, scattered throughout the city, are filled with innumerable historical treasures. But they owe their wealth of modern and contemporary art to important private collections like those of Heinz Berggruen and Erich Marx. Today, other collectors, such as Christian Boros, are building their own temples of contemporary art. They chose locations in districts which galleries have already made arty, as they gradually take over the city district by district.

Berlin classics - Altes Museum

A great architectural work of Classicism: Greek sculptures as well as Etruscan and Roman art form part of the inventory of the Collection of Classical Antiquities < more >

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Berlin classics - Neues Museum

A celebrated reconstruction: This Museum, restored under the direction of David Chipperfield, displays exhibits from the Egyptian Museum and the Papyrus Collection, the Museum of Prehistory and Early History as well as the Collection of Classical Antiquities < more >

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Berlin classics - Alte Nationalgalerie

Exquisite sculptures and painting s from the 19th century: Works by Claude Monet, August Renoir and Adolph Menzel form part of the collection, exhibited in this building by Friedrich August Stühler < more >

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Berlin classics - Pergamonmuseum/Bode-Museum

Two neighboring museums: Pergamonmuseum is internationally known for its reconstruction of archaeological structures. Among other things, Bode-Museum houses the Sculpture Collection < more >

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Berlin classics - Gemäldegalerie in the Kulturforum

Painting from the Middle Ages to Classicism: Art works by Titian, Caravaggio, Dürer and Rembrandt feature in this important collection, presented in a new building opened in 1998 < more >

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Berlin classics - Neue Nationalgalerie

A legendary museum building: This legendary building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe hosts major solo exhibitions by contemporary artists as well as parts of a collection containing works ranging from Classical Modernism to 1960s art < more >

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Berlin classics - Hamburger Bahnhof

International contemporary art: Temporary exhibitions and contemporary art from the private collections Marx, Marzona and the Flick Collection can be viewed over 13,000 square meters < more >

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Berlin classics - Museum Berggruen and the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection

Classical Modernist Art: The Berggruen Collection features works by Picasso, Paul Klee and Henri Matisse. The Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection focuses on Surrealism < more >

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Berlin classics - Martin-Gropius-Bau

One of Germany’s most important exhibition venues: Every year it holds 15–20 temporary exhibitions on cultural history, archaeology, photography and art < more >

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Berlin classics - Jüdisches Museum Berlin

Symbolic architecture: The museum building by Daniel Libeskind from 1999 has received high praise. German-Jewish history is told in the Museum’s permanent exhibition < more >

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Inside tip Berlin - Kunst-Werke/galleries in the area

Berlin Mitte’s art district: Kunst-Werke shows temporary exhibitions of international contemporary art. The Eigen+Art, Kicken and Sprüth Magers galleries can also be found nearby < more >

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Inside tip Berlin - Private collections – Boros, Olbricht, Haubrok and Hoffmann

First-class private collections: The Boros, Olbricht, Haubrok and Hoffmann Collections exhibit international contemporary art with a variety of focal points < more >

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Inside tip Berlin - Galleries near the Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamerstraße

Berlin’s second gallery district: Since 2006, various renowned galleries have moved into the area surrounding Neue Nationalgallerie and Potsdamer Strasse, including Giti Nourbakhsch and Klosterfelde < more >

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Inside tip Berlin: - Deutsche Bank KunstHalle

Art from the 20th and 21st centuries: Deutsche Bank KunstHalle offers a diverse program with themed exhibitions and solo shows by contemporary artists < more >

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Inside tip Berlin - Galleries between the Martin-Gropius-Bau and Jüdisches Museum

Galleries in Kreuzberg: Various well-known galleries can be found close-by, between Martin-Gropius-Bau and Jüdisches Museum < more >

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Altes Museum (1), Neues Museum (2), Alte Nationalgalerie (3), Pergamonmuseum and Bode-Museum (4), Gemäldegalerie/Kulturforum (5), Neue Nationalgalerie (6), Hamburger Bahnhof (7), Museum Berggruen (8), Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection (8), Martin-Gropius-Bau (9), Jüdisches Museum (10), Kunst-Werke and galleries (11), Private Collections Boros, Olbricht, Haubrok and Hoffmann (12), Galleries around Potsdamer Strasse (13), Deutsche Guggenheim (14), Galleries between the Martin-Gropius-Bau and Jüdisches Museum (15)