The Gemäldegalerie possesses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century. After the collection was founded in 1830, it was systematically built up and perfected. The exhibition includes masterpieces by artists from every age of art history such as van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
This newly built museum is situated at the Kulturforum. It has about 7,000 square metres of exhibition space. A complete tour of the 72 rooms covers almost two kilometres. Two of the major sections are formed by Italian painting from the 13th to 16th century and Netherlandish painting of the 15th and 16th century.
Old German painting of the Late Gothic and Renaissance eras is represented by such great masters as Konrad Witz, Albrecht Dürer, Baldung Grien, Cranach and Holbein. The octagonal Rembrandt room enjoys a key position at the heart of the museum. The sixteen works by this artist form one of the largest and highest quality collections of Rembrandt paintings. They are flanked by additional gems of Dutch and Flemish painting of the 17th century. Portraits, genre paintings, interiors, landscapes and still-lifes illustrate certain artists' preferences for particular types of themes.
Italian, French, German and English painting of the 18th century is presented in six rooms. This splendid collection of paintings includes works by Canaletto, Watteau, Pesne and Gainsborough.
The main gallery contains one thousand masterpieces. These paintings are complemented by four hundred works in a study gallery on the lower floor. Visitors also have access to a digital gallery with computerized information in German, English and French. Audio-tours are also available in German and English.
(13. March 2018 – 17. June 2018 on view at the permanent exhibition of the Gemäldegalerie)
In 1874 the young Königliche Museen of Berlin acquired a critical purchase: the collection of the Aachen industrialist and art patron Barthold Suermondt (1818-1887). Suermondt had been specifically collecting high-quality art for years and had to sell a large part of his collection after the stock market crash of 1874. Collectively, 218 paintings and 400 works on paper found their way to Berlin – an impressive coup for which Wilhelm Bode was largely responsible. Even today, many of these works are highlights in the Gemäldegalerie, masterpieces like such as “Woman with a Pearl Necklace” by Vermeer, “Catharina Hooft and her Wet-Nurse” by Frans Hals, Holbein’s “Portrait of Roelof de Vos van Steenwijk” or Jan van Eycks “Madonna in a Church”.
On the occasion of Barthold Suermondts 200th Birthday, the Gemäldegalerie acknowledges his excellent collecting activities and brings it to new light. A tour in the permanent exhibition highlights the 54 masterpieces of the Suermondt Collection. Through markings at the appropriate works and with the help of a booklet (available in German and English) the visitor can search for the paintings of the collection within the exhibition and can learn about one of the most important private painting collections of the late 19th century. Additionally, the Kupferstichkabinett presents “Gaze on Waters. Dutch Drawings of the Suermondt Collection“,in the Gemäldegalerie.
Simultaneously, and with support of the Gemäldegalerie, the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen presents an anniversary exhibition in Spring 2018.
The booklet was made possible through financing by the Peter and Irene Ludwig Stiftung.
U-Bahn U2 (Potsdamer Platz)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Potsdamer Platz)
Bus M29 (Potsdamer Brücke); M41 (Potsdamer Platz Bhf / Voßstraße); M48, M85 (Kulturforum); 200 (Philharmonie)
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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Studiengalerie: Tue - Thu closed, Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat, Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Old Master Paintings
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12,00 EUR Concessions 6,00
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50,00 EUR Concessions 25,00
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100,00 EUR Concessions 50,00