Museum Berggruen and the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection

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City Guide Berlin: Museum Berggruen/Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection
Das Museum Berggruen (© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Foto: Maximilian Meisse)


Works by Picasso, Paul Klee and Henri Matisse feature in the Berggruen Collection. Surrealism forms the focal point of the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection.

Opposite Schloss Charlottenburg, two first-class Classical Modernist art collections compete for the public’s favor. In the western wing of the building by Stüler, the collection of art dealer Heinz Berggruen (1914-2007) is presented on three floors. The foundation of the collection is 100 works by Picasso from all his creative phases. There are 60 paintings by Paul Klee as well as half a dozen cutouts by Henri Matisse. The eastern wing of the building, also with three floors, and the stables are devoted to Surrealism, housing over 250 pieces which constitute the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection. Almost all members of the group of Surrealists headed by André Breton, such as René Magritte, Max Ernst and Hans Bellmer, are represented here. Films by Bunuel as well as contemporary artists complete the collection.

Museum Berggruen and the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection

Addresses: Museum Berggruen, Schlossstraße 1, Berlin/ Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection, Schlossstraße 70, Berlin, opening hours: Tue. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ; please consult the institutions’ Websites for opening hours on public holidays.

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)