James Simon
The Art of Giving Well

12.07.2019 to 28.07.2019

Four films reconstruct the life and work of James Simon. Visitors are able to walk through the video installation, getting to know this businessman and patron of the arts on various screens. 

The different chapters shed light on various aspects of James Simon’s life story, the history of his cotton business, his art collection, as well as his philanthropic projects and donations to the collections of the museums of Berlin. Animated photos and historical film material bring the history of this major Berlin patron to life.

A special presentation in the special exhibition room of the James-Simon-Galerie. The exhibition is supported by the James Simon-Stiftung. Curated by historian Olaf Matthes from the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, an expert on Simon, together with the filmmaker Felix von Boehm.

David Chipperfield, Mayor Michael Müller Ann and Timothy M. Simon, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger, Monika Grütters and Prof. Dr. Michael Eissenhauer at the opening of the James-Simon-Galerie on 12 July 2019
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker
The Reinstallation of the James Simon Cabinet
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Antje Voigt
James-Simon-Galerie, view towards the main entrance
© Ute Zscharnt für / for David Chipperfield Architects

10178 Berlin

wheelchair accessible

Entry to the Neues Museum and the Pergamonmuseum

Individual visitors
As of 13 July 2019 and until the completion of phase A of the restoration and refurbishment of the Pergamonmuseum, the James-Simon-Galerie constitutes the sole entry to the Pergamonmuseum: via the stairs and the upper foyer, floor plan of the James-Simon-Galerie for individual visitors (PDF, 104 KB).

Group visits
All groups visiting the Neues Museum are to enter the James-Simon-Galerie via the courtyard and the lower foyer: Information for group visits (PDF, 248 KB).

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James Simon – the Great Patron of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

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