Visit by Leonardo DiCaprio

Neues Museum

The visit by actor Leonardo di Caprio brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to the National Museums in Berlin on 15 February 2010.

The actor took time out of his schedule during the Berlin International Film Festival to enjoy a tour of the museums with his girlfriend, Bar Refaeli. Friederike Seyfried, Director of the Neues Museum, leapt at the opportunity of being able to show the couple around the world famous Amarna Collection, which includes the bust of Nefertiti, the Green Head and the Berlin Gold Hat.
Afterwards, the celebrity visitor stood in awe of the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Mshatta Façade in the Pergamonmuseum, a short distance away.

Rounding off their visit, the couple were particularly impressed by the brilliant large-scale watercolour paintings of animals by Walton Ford, currently on show in the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin. DiCaprio was familiar with many of the stories on which Ford has based his pictures and demonstrated extensive knowledge of the animals depicted in the exhibition. 'It is always nice for us to see a visitor with such good background knowledge in a subject relating to the works,' said the curator of the show, Britta Schmitz.