Gemäldegalerie - Old Master Paintings
The National Museums' Gemäldegalerie has presented to the public masterpieces of older Western painting in its newly erected building at Kulturforum since 1998. The competition for the Gemäldegalerie's new building, held in 1986, went to architects Hilmer and Sattler. With Prussian exactness, the building's minimal design rises above the tapering piazetta below, while inside its various rooms are grouped around a bright, well-lit lobby. A study gallery was added to the Gemäldegalerie after the sweeping events of 1989 and 1990 that also led to the reunification of the various collections belonging to the National Museums in Berlin a year later in 1991.
In its architectural reserve, the building's minimal outer design is reminiscent of Schinkel's Altes Museum, while inside, the collection rooms bear similar classical proportions. From the large central lobby, itself a place of peace and contemplation with the water fountain and sculpture by Walter de Maria, visitors can delve back into the individual exhibition rooms and recontinue their tour through the collection. The consequential use of daylight illumination throughout sets a benchmark for other major art galleries. With its many famous masterpieces, the building now ranks once again as one of the major European galleries and offers a comprehensive overview of European painting from the 13th to the 18th century.
- On the planned return of the Gemäldegalerie to Museumsinsel and the establishment of a Museum for 20th-Century Art at the Kulturforum
- Reorganization of the Berlin museums
- The Gemäldegalerie in Google's Art Project