Ansicht der Dauerausstellung "Antike Welten. Griechen, Etrusker und Römer" © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Achim Kleuker
Blick auf das rekonstruierte Markttor von Milet © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Johannes Laurentius; CC NC-BY-SA
Mosaik mit Alexandersittich, sog. Altargemach im Palast V, hellenistisch, Pergamon 160–150 v. Chr. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Laurentius; CC NC-BY-SA
Außenbild einer griechischen Trinkschale, Lehrer und Schüler beim Rezitieren, attisch-rotfigurig, Cerveteri, Italien, um 480 v. Chr., vom Vasenmaler Duris signiert © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Laurentius; CC NC-BY-SA
Raum "Knabe von Xanten" © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Achim Kleuker
The Staatliche Museen’s Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities) is one of the most important collections of ancient Greek and Roman art in the world. Its most famous and spectacular showpiece – the more than 2000-year-old monumental Pergamon Altar, a masterpiece of Hellenistic art whose boldly expressive sculptural frieze depicts the battle between the gods and the Giants – attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Since 2013, the Pergamonmuseum has been undergoing staggered renovation work, devised by the Ungers architectural practice, as part of the Master Plan Museumsinsel. During the current stage of renovations, the hall containing the Pergamon Altar is due to remain closed to the public until 2023. The north wing and the gallery of Hellenistic art are also affected by the closure. At the moment the finds from Uruk and Habuba Kabira as well as the rooms with babylonian and ancient iranian monuments are not accessible to the public. The South Wing of the Pergamonmuseum, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Museum of Islamic Art, remains unaffected and is open to the public during this time.
Architectural structures and elements, sculptures and vases, inscriptions, mosaics, bronzes, and jewellery: this dazzling array of classical antiquities is on permanent display at two separate sites on the Museumsinsel Berlin, in the Pergamonmuseum, and the Altes Museum. In addition to these two major exhibitions, the Antikensammlung also presents a selection of its objects at the Neues Museum to enrich the joint exhibitions held there by other departments of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Its presentation in the Neues Museum predominantly features art from the provinces of the Roman Empire and artefacts from its extensive Cyprus collection.