Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie e. V.
Today’s Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie dates back to 1929, when Ludwig Justi, then director of the Nationalgalerie, set up the ‘Friends of the National Gallery’. He was forced to abandon the friends association after the Second World War, and its re-establishment was only possible, in the western half of the city, in 1977.
The VFNG now has more than 1500 individuals and businesses among its members. Their combined membership fees alone total more than one million euros, which is at the VFNG’s disposal. The gamut of acquisitions made by the VFNG ranges from paintings by Adolph Menzel and Max Liebermann to Dadaist assemblages by Hans Arp, Hannah Höch, and Kurt Schwitters through to re-purchases of work once branded by the Nazis as ‘degenerate art’, in the form of Emil Nolde’s ‘Christ and the Sinner’, as well as new accessions of contemporary works by such figures as Jenny Holzer, Christian Jankowski, Ceal Floyer, and Thomas Demand.
In 1984 the VFNG expanded its mission and, in addition to the acquisition of artworks, now also funds exhibitions, always by working closely with the director of the Nationalgalerie. In 2000, the first Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, also funded by the VFNG, was awarded to a young artist active in Germany, marking the launch of an event that has since become an international fixture in the calendar of major, museum awards for contemporary art.
The VFNG is tireless in its activities aimed at the long-term promotion and support of the Nationalgalerie. What drives and sustains all its endeavours is a passion for great art, past and present.
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