The museums in Berlin are reopening, with very few visitors as long as the constraints remain in place. This is a great opportunity to see the works and the buildings themselves and to support these cultural institutions. It is these buildings and these atmospheres that I want to share with you today.
First, we return to two emblematic places on the Museum Island: the Neues Museum and the Pergamon. This island, which is home to numerous museums and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in the mid-to-late 19th century.
The Neues Museum was extensively renovated after German reunification, having been in a state of ruin since the end of the Second World War. It was renovated by David Chipperfield and reopened in 2009. The archaeological collections are magnificent and the building pays tribute to them.
The Pergamon is still in renovation (it will take years). You can however visit the archaeological collections and they are … monumental!
Let’s pay a visit to the Berlinische Galerie, a modern building whose central staircase I particularly like. The high ceilings and large white walls on the ground floor are even more impressive when visitors are scarce.
In the Kulturforum (I dedicated a post to it https://wherever-it-is.com/2021/05/07/kulturforum-are-the-works-finally-over/) is the Gemälde Galerie.
The exhibition rooms could do with a little refurbishment, but there are fine collections of medieval and renaissance paintings.
The last place I went to was a former industrial hall, Reinbeckhallen, converted into an exhibition hall, really the right space for a photo exhibition about post-war Berlin.
What a pleasure to have access to these magical places again!
And if you like museums, I invite you to (re)visit a post I wrote about the Jewish Museum in Berlin, a must-see for its contents and its building by Daniel Libeskind https://wherever-it-is.com/2021/02/09/berlin-jewish-museum/