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Neue Nationalgalerie

The Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery), the famous "temple of light and glass" designed by Mies van der Rohe, houses the collection of 20th century European painting and sculpture. Ranging from early modern art to art of the 1960s, the collection includes works by Munch, Kirchner, Picasso, Klee, Feininger, Dix, Kokoschka, and many others.

Each year, a number of special exhibitions are on show at the Neue Nationalgalerie. During temporary exhibitions, the permanent collection is often not on view.

Permanent Collection

The collection features a number of unique highlights of modern 20th century art. Particularly well represented are Cubism, Expressionism, the Bauhaus and Surrealism.

The many facets of the development of Cubism can be traced in works by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and Fernand Leger. The Picasso collection in the Museum Berggruen, located opposite Charlottenburg Palace, greatly complements this aspect of the New National Gallery's collection.

One of the most impressive parts of the collection is the art of Expressionism. The Gallery owns a number of important works by the artist group "Die Brücke", including paintings and sculptures by the Expressionists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel. A particular highlight is Kirchner’s "Potsdamer Platz", a scene of Berlin nightlife painted in 1914, shortly after the beginning of the First World War. It puts today’s Potsdamer Platz, just a few steps away from the gallery, in a fascinating context with its historic location.

Among the collection’s major works are also eleven paintings by Max Beckmann dating from 1906 to 1942. They offer insight into the development of the artist's life work. Surrealism is represented with works by Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Paintings by Otto Dix and George Grosz document the movements of Verism and Neue Sachlichkeit (New Sobriety). The Bauhaus is illustrated with works by Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky who were both teachers at the school.

The building comprises almost 5,000 square metres of exhibition space and around 800 metres of wall space – a surprisingly large capacity hidden half underground beneath the famous steel and glass constr...+ [ Read all ]


1 June - 7 October 2007

19th Century French Masterpieces from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York visit Berlin

More information about current and forthcoming exhibitions:

Previous Exhibitions

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Exhibitions (10)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

1 June - 7 October 2007

19th Century French Masterpieces from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York visit Berlin

Founded in New York in 1890, the Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses about 3 Million works of art which span over 5,000 years of cultural and art history. Among the Metropolitan's diverse art historical treasures can be found one of the most impressive collections of French Romantic and Impressionistic art as well as early modern art outside of France.

Due to construction works in 2007, the Metropolitan will not be able to display its works of great French masters such as Ingres, Monet, Corot and Cézanne. Around 140 works from its remarkable collection will therefore be on display for four months in the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, thus temporarily transforming the Nationalgalerie into one of the leading museums of French Impressionist art alongside the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Nowhere else in Germany can such exquisite examples of early modern French art be found. Berlin will be the only European venue of the exhibition.

Presented by:

New National Gallery
Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie


Tiergarten - Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz
Gemäldegalerie - Old Master Paintings, Art Library, Museum of Decorative Arts, Kupferstichkabinett, New National Gallery, Museum for Musical Instruments
8,00 Euro, concessions 4,00 Euro

Thursday evening: four hours before closing all visitors have free admission for the permanent exhibitions.

Extended opening hours on thursdays:

Free admission for the permanent exhibitions for children who are younger than 16 years.

Opening hours

Opening Hours
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Getting there

Neue Nationalgalerie

Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

Information Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz: +49(0)30 - 266-2951
Wheelchair Access

Public Transport

U-Bahn U2 (Potsdamer Platz)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Potsdamer Platz)
Bus M29 (Potsdamer Brücke); M41 (Varian-Frey-Straße); M48 (Kulturforum); 200, 347 (Philharmonie)

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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Guided Tours / Bookings for groups

School classes and groups will be allocated a guide after telephone booking:
Telephone: +49-(0)30- 266-3666
Fax: +49-(0)30-266-3670
Generaldirektion, Besucher-Dienste (Visitor Services)
Genthiner Str. 38
10785 Berlin


Info in german about membership etc.. of the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie: