Contemporary Art Museums in Berlin

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  • Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture. The Berlinische Galerie is one of the newest museums in the German capital and collects art from Berlin dating from 1870 to the present day – with both a local and international focus.
  • Daimler Contemporary Berlin – The Daimler Art Collection was started in 1977 and currently includes about 1800 works by German and international artists. The collection focuses on abstract and geometrical pictorial concepts, from which it derives its distinctive character.
  • Georg-Kolbe-Museum – Georg-Kolbe-Museum is located in the former studio-building of the sculptor Georg Kolbe (1877-1947) in Berlin-Westend close to the Olympic Stadium. Created from the estate of Georg Kolbe, this was the first foundation of a new museum in West Berlin in 1950. It was built in 1928 based on designs by Kolbe by Ernst Rentsch and borders on a sculpture garden that is a protected monument as is the whole ensemble.
  • Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – The large entrance hall serves as a central space for orientation and leads to all other parts of the building. From there, one can reach the two-story western wing of the cour d’honneur, the ground floor of which serves as a permanent exhibition space dedicated to the work of Joseph Beuys. The eastern wing contains a restaurant and events forum. The great hall and the modern galleries are used for special exhibitions. Since September 2004, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection with its first-class masterpieces is on permanent loan to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and shown in the neighboring Rieck halls.
  • Haus am Waldsee – Haus am Waldsee is a place for international art originating in Berlin. Since 1946 it has been among Germany‘s foremost exhibition spaces contemporary art in Germany. It renders visible creative forces in the visual arts, design, architecture and sound, which are truly innovative and of exceptional quality. In five exhibitions per year the house presents mostly international contemporary positions and canonical post-war artists. In an atmosphere of concentration, backgrounds and developments are communicated in a way that actively seeks to engage children and adolescents in particular.
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt – The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse. Located in the capital city of Berlin, it presents artistic productions from around the world, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies.
  • Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien – Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is an exhibition space for contemporary art with a focus on current social and cultural issues. Central to the projects here are the meaningful contextualisation of themes and consideration for diversity, internationality, and local relevance. Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien owns a collection of round 450 artworks, which includes art from Hans Baluschek, Erich Büttner and other artist, who lived in Kreuzberg like Hanefi Yeter, Akbar Behkalam, Luise Grimm or Christa Eichler.
  • KW Institute for Contemporary Art – KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is a place for the production and presentation of discourse oriented contemporary art. KW has no collection of its own but instead views itself as a laboratory for communicating and advancing contemporary cultural developments in Germany and abroad by means of exhibitions, workshops and resident artists’ studios, as well as by collaborating with artists or other institutions and by commissioning works. In 1996 KW launched the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, taking place for the eighth time in 2014.
  • New National Gallery – The Neue Nationalgalerie presents a spectrum of works which ranges from Classical Modern down to Art of the 1960s and 70s. The focus of the collection is on works by representatives of cubism, expressionists, of the Bauhaus, surrealism of the Group Zero and of American color-field painting as well as artists like Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and from the era after 1945 Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Barnett Newman, Morris Louis, etc.




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