250,000 visitors see “Gerhard Richter: Panorama”

Neue Nationalgalerie

On the Tuesday just gone, the 250,000 visitor walked through the doors to the exhibition 'Gerhard Richter: Panorama', which has been open to the public at the New National Gallery since February 2012.

Billy McQuail (24) from Chicago, USA, decided to visit the show during his two-week trip to Germany. Our American guest has a keen interest in art and is currently working for the US military to be able to finance his own studies: a degree in fine art.

At 1:30 pm Mr McQuail was taken by surprise as he was greeted by both Udo Kittelmann, Director of the National Gallery, National Museums in Berlin, and Christina Weiss, Chairwoman of the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

Representatives from the exhibition's main sponsors Metro Group and Veolia Wasser handed the surprised visitor a generous present: a voucher for a trip to Paris to coincide with the opening of the French stage of the show, at the Centre Pompidou in June. Mr McQuail also received a copy of the catalogue before being given a personal introduction to the exhibition by its curator, Dorothée Brill.

Since the opening on 12 February 2012, visitor demand has been astronomical. With up to 7000 visitors to the show every day, the decision was taken within a few short weeks to extend the opening hours. As of Easter, the exhibition will open at the earlier time of 9 am, Tuesday to Sunday:

Tue 9 - 6
Wed 9 - 6
Thu 9 - 10
Fri 9 - 6
Sat 9 - 6
Sun 9 - 6
Monday closed

The exhibition 'Gerhard Richter: Panorama' runs until the 13 May 2012 in the New National Gallery, Berlin.

An exhibition held in collaboration with Tate Modern, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

The exhibition has been made possible by the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie and is sponsored by the Metro Group and Veolia Wasser.