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Neue Nationalgalerie Receives the Docomomo Rehabilitation Award in 2021

06.09.2021
Neue Nationalgalerie

On 1 September 2021, at the 16th International Docomomo Conference in Tokyo, the Neue Nationalgalerie received the first Docomomo Rehabilitation Award in the category “Enhanced Masterpieces”.

The Docomomo Rehabilitation Award pays tribute to the best efforts to preserve Modern architecture that also meets contemporary standards and encourages conscious reflection about Modernism as a living heritage.

Restoration of the Neue Nationalgalerie realised by David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin

David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin restored and modernised Mies van der Rohes’ Modernist masterpiece without affecting the original appearance of the building. The Neue Nationalgalerie has been reopened to the public since 22 August 2021.

Docomomo International is a non-profit organisation dedicated to documenting and conserving buildings, sites, and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement.

The Neue Nationalgalerie

The Neue Nationalgalerie, built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1965 and 1968 as his last independent work, is considered a crowning legacy of a visionary 20th century architect. Accommodating the Nationalgalerie’s multifaceted collection of 20th century art, the Neue Nationalgalerie offers unique conditions for querying the freedoms and limitations of Western Modernism. The reopening is intended to mark a transition by which the museum increasingly becomes a place for critical reflection on 20th century art, thus programmatically complementing the Nationalgalerie’s two other main venues, the Alte Nationalgalerie on the Museumsinsel and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum der Gegenwart – Berlin, which are dedicated to 19th century and contemporary art, respectively.