With the aim of creating a high-quality collection of artworks from late antiquity and Byzantium prior to the opening of the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum in 1904, Wilhelm von Bode turned to an expert in Byzantine art: Josef Strzygowski. The art historian,who worked as a lecturer in Graz, helped to expand this section of the collection from less than 100 to about 2000objects.The Ägyptisches Museum and the Islamic Department also profited from his work.
This one-room exhibition highlights Strzygowski's significant role in defining the course for the Museum für Byzantinische Kunstand presents his difficult personality from a biographical perspective. Whilst he was a pioneer in many areas of Byzantine art history,he became increasingly absorbed in ethnic and racial notions in his later years. On exhibit will be biographical documents, contemporary sources on his work for the Berlin Museums and objects that were acquired on account of his efforts.
Am Kupfergraben, Eingang über die Monbijoubrücke
U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Friedrichstraße); S5, S7, S75 (Hackescher Markt)
Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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The Gobelins tapestry room is only open on weekends and public holidays.
The upstairs galleries of the permanent exhibitions including the exhibtion "Syria Antiqua - Coins and Monuments on the Museumsinsel" open at 11:00 a.m.
Last admission and ticket sales 30 minutes before closing time.
10,00 EUR Concessions 5,00
Museum Island all exhibitions
18,00 EUR Concessions 9,00
Museum Pass Berlin 3 days for permanent exhibitions
29,00 EUR Concessions 14,50
Annual ticket Classic temporary exhibitions not included
50,00 EUR Concessions 25,00
Annual ticket Classic Plus all exhibitions
100,00 EUR Concessions 50,00