Gallery of the 20th Century

The Gallery of the 20th Century was a joint research project held by the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and the State of Berlin. The project systematically studied around 500 works of art (paintings, sculptures, works on paper) that were created up until 1945, owned by the state of Berlin, and kept as permanent loans in the Nationalgalerie and Kupferstichkabinett.

The results of this successfully completed project are presented in a book and in an online databbase. While the published book focuses on the historical context of this forgotten chapter in the history of Berlin’s museums, the website presents the provenances of the works studied.


Institution: Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
Lead researchers: Dr. Christina Thomson, Dr. Hanna Strzoda
Cooperation partners: Land Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
Duration:  2010 bis 2016 (abgeschlossen)
Database: www.galerie20.smb.museum
Publication: Christina Thomson und Petra Winter (Hrsg.): Die Galerie des 20. Jahrhunderts in Berlin 1945–1968. Der Weg zur neuen Nationalgalerie. Mit Beiträgen von Hanna Strzoda, Christina Thomson, Petra Winter, Alexander Jannasch und mit einem Bestandsverzeichnis. München/Berlin 2015.