Beautiful and modern, it’s almost surprising that the Neue Nationalgalerie was built almost 50 years ago. By Bauhaus legend Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it’s encased in steel and glass, and would be considered a modern masterpiece if unveiled today. Housed within this ‘temple of light and glass’ is a collection of important Modernist works from the 20th century.
The collection covers North American and European art from the turn of the century through to the 1960s and beyond, although the more recent the less comprehensive. Bauhaus, Expressionism, Surrealism and Cubism are comprehensively embraced, with masterpieces from all of these genre big-hitters including Kandinsky, Picasso, Kirchner, Dali and Schiele.
The roof plaza, terraces, and gardens are also home to fantastic sculptures from the likes of Calder and Moore as well as Barnett Newman’s 1963 Broken Obelisk. The gallery design, despite its large site, only allows for a small part of the collection to be shown at any one time, so it changes regularly and often surrenders itself completely to major temporary exhibitions.
The self-service café offers more than 30 different teas and a variety of hot chocolates and artisan coffees. The café is also ideal for those looking for a quick bite, serving sandwiches, bagels, wraps, and cakes.
Books, books, books! It’s hardly a surprise that you’ll find mainly books in this museum shop as it is run by one of the most beautiful and well-known bookshops in Berlin: The Bücherbogen at Savingyplatz. In this branch visitors will be pleased to find books about art, usually exhibition related, and also publications on the city of Berlin. The selection of posters and postcards is very good and definitely worth having a look at too.
Potsdamer Str. 50
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Tuesday – Wednesday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 22.00
Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday – Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
U-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz (U2)
S-Bahn: Berlin Potsdamer Platz (S1, S2, S25)