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A New Lighting Concept Requires the Partial Closure of the Gemäldegalerie as of 25 October 2021


New Light for Old Masters: The Gemäldegalerie (Old Masters Paintings) will be implementing an innovative lighting concept as of 25 October 2021, resulting in partial closures over the next two years.

During the next two years the Berlin Gemäldegalerie will implement an innovative lighting concept, representing significant conservational that represents aesthetic and ecological improvements. With reduced overhead lighting, harmonious ambient illumination, and light accents precisely placed on individual works, the new approach optimises the presentation of the collection.

Four Construction Phases Over Two Years

The work required for this upgrade will be carried out in four successive phases, resulting in one quarter of the museum’s exhibition space being temporarily inaccessible during each phase.

The first section to be closed is the area dedicated to 16th century Dutch painting and 17th century Flemish and Dutch painting (Halls VI–IX, Galleries 6–15). This section closes on 25 October and is expected to reopen on 2 April 2022. A selection of major works from the particular temporarily closed section will be on view in the adjacent halls. Highlights from the closed halls in the first section under construction will be presented in Hall XI and Gallery 16: Floor Plan Gemäldegalerie, partial closure construction phase 1 (PDF, 186 KB).

More information, including the planned construction phases and times, can be found on the page New Light for Old Masters: The Gemäldegalerie’s New Lighting Concept

Reduced admission

Due to these limitations, regular admission will be lowered to 8 euros (reduced 4 euros) beginning on 25 October 2021.

Sponsoring / Financing

The modernisation of the lighting system has been made possible through the generous financial support of the Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG.