The Nationalgalerie contains a veritable cosmos of art that spans from 1800 to recent works fresh from the studio. Whoever steps foot into its exhibitions simultaneously becomes more intimately acquainted with the city, for its works are housed and displayed at a variety of sites and in a variety of architectural landmarks spread across the city of Berlin. The original home of the collection, the Alte Nationalgalerie commands a majestic position on the Museumsinsel Berlin. Its exhibitions cover the art of the 19th century. As a temporal continuation to this department stands the Neue Nationalgalerie at the Kulturforum, near Potsdamer Platz. Its architecture amounts to a radical break with that of the previous century. During necessary renovations, the Neue Nationalgalerie is closed from January 2015 for several years. The art of the decades since the 1960s, meanwhile, are presented at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, which is situated not far from Hauptbahnhof.
These three museums and their many masterpieces vividly retrace major movements in the last two centuries of art, the continuities within them and their radical points of disjuncture. Together they afford visitors a comprehensive survey of the shifting developments and emerging trends in art, first from a purely European perspective and later from a global one. They are joined however by three further galleries that, though smaller in scale, are nonetheless utterly unique in character and each dedicated to a specific theme within the Nationalgalerie’s overall collection. Built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche provides a befitting space in which to display the collection of sculptures dating from the architect’s day. It is just a few minutes’ walk away from the Museumsinsel Berlin. As a result of unforeseen structural damage, the church was sadly forced to close in late 2012 and the artworks have been removed. It remains shut until further notice. Meanwhile in the west, the two buildings designed by another eminent German architect, Friedrich August Stüler, opposite Schloss Charlottenburg now house two remarkable suites of works gathered together by private collectors: the Museum Berggruen, with its stunning exhibition of the giants of European modern art, and the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, with its exhibition of the art of the fantastic that spans many epochs and culminates with the art of the Surrealists.
The Nationalgalerie presents its unique collection of art at six separate venues: the Alte Nationalgalerie, Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, Neue Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin, Museum Berggruen, and Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg.
Addresses, opening times, admission prices, and public transport links are available on the individual pages of these museums.
For queries surrounding your visit, please contact the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin infoline:
Tel.: 030 / 266424242 (Mon - Fri 9 am - 4 pm)
Fax: 030 / 266422290
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 39783411
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 39783413
Director: Udo Kittelmann
Deputy Director: Dr. Joachim Jäger