Information Event on the Planning for the Museum of the 20th Century at the Kulturforum


An information event on the current state of planning for the Museum of the 20th Century at the Kulturforum will take place on 18 November in the lobby of the Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie.

In coming years the Museum of the 20th Century of the Nationalgalerie will be built at the Kulturforum according to plans by the Swiss architectural offices of Herzog & de Meuron. The Nationalgalerie’s collections of 20th century art will be exhibited in this new structure and at the neighbouring Neue Nationalgalerie. The Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection will be displayed in dialogue with the Nationalgalerie Collection. The Marx Collection as well as the Kunstbibliothek and the Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will have their own exhibition spaces.

The project concerns more than just the construction of a new museum for one of the world’s most important collections; it also marks the culmination of the urban planning concept for the Kulturforum, following decades of futile debate. The architects have been working on the design together with the museum officials and staff who will be using the building in the future since February 2018, and the planning stage of that process has now been concluded.

Information and Discussion about the Project and Its Plans

Together with the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz invites the public to an Information Event in the lobby of the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie at 7 pm on 18 November. Following a welcome by both Hermann Parzinger, president of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, and Christina Haak, deputy director general of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Joachim Jäger, head of the Neue Nationalgalerie, will introduce the event with the keynote address on “Why the Nationalgalerie collection needs a new exhibition venue”. Architect Jacques Herzog will then present the current plans.

In a discussion moderated by Reinhard Hübsch, architecture critic at the ARD broadcasting network, Mr Herzog will then explore the possibilities offered by the design with Swantje Karich, editor of the art and culture section at Die Welt newspaper; Wulf Herzogenrath, art historian and curator; Hannes Langbein, director of the Stiftung St. Matthäus; and Udo Kittelmann, director of the Nationalgalerie. Afterwards the public is invited to ask questions.