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MUST SEE One of the city’s best art and photography ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and an im­por­tant ex­am­ple of early 20th- cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture. Martin Gropius’ im­pos­ing build­ing com­bines Ital­ian Re­nais­sance el­e­ments with lo­cal fea­tures, such as a se­ries of Ger­man cities de­picted be­tween the win­dows and mo­saics of al­le­gor­i­cal fig­ures. To 6 Apr: VKhUTEMAS – A Rus­sian Lab­o­ra­tory Of Moder­nity fo­cuses on the ar­chi­tec­tural works of the avant- garde move­ment VKhUTEMAS, also known as “Rus­sian Bauhaus,” which flour­ished be­fore So­cial­ist re­al­ism took over. From 18 Mar to 14 Jun: Dance Of The An­ces­tors is an ex­hi­bi­tion on the art of the Sepik Re­gion of Pa­pua- New Guinea. From 21 Mar to 8 Jun: ZERO – The In­ter­na­tional Move­ment of the 1950s and 1960s ex­plores the move­ment founded by Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Gün­ther Uecker. From 27 Mar to 21 Jun: The Tel Aviv Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art vis­its Ber­lin show­cases many works bor­rowed by the Martin- Gropius-Bau from the Tel Aviv Mu­seum of Mosert Art. Open Wed– Mon 10am–7pm. Prices vary depend­ing on ex­hi­bi­tion. To com­mem­o­rate the 10th an­niver­sary of the Mu­seum Frieder Burda in Baden- Baden, the Deutsche Bank Kun­sthalle (p. 42) is pre­sent­ing a se­lec­tion of 113 works on pa­per that give in­sight into a vir­tu­ally un­known side of the Burda Col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing works by Ge­org Baselitz, Willem de Koon­ing, Sig­mar Polke, Ar­nuf Rai­iner, Neo Rauch, and Ger­hard Richter. Un­til 8 March. www.gropius­bau.de. Niederkirch­n­er­str. 7. T: 030.254860. U Kochstraße. E4

Mu­seum of Things

Show­cases a var­ied se­lec­tion of ob­jects rep­re­sent­ing 20th- cen­tury de­sign and ev­ery­day cul­ture, from kitsch sou­venirs to TV sets and teddy bears. To 16 Mar: Made In Ger­many, Pol­i­tics Through Things. The Ger­man Werk­bund in 1914 shows how the seal “Made in Ger­many” be­came a sign of qual­ity and helped de­velop mod­ern mar­ket­ing. Thu– Mon noon–7pm. € 5/3. www.mu­se­umderdinge.de. Oranien­str. 25. T: 030.92106311. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4

Mu­seum of Asian Art

The Mu­seum of Asian Art hosts an im­por­tant col­lec­tion of East Asian and In­dian works, in­clud­ing fab­u­lous lac­quered ob­jects, ce­ram­ics, Ja­panese paint­ings, and a whole sec­tion on art along the Silk Route. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 5pm, Sat & Sun 11am– 6pm. €8/4. www.smb. mu­seum. Arn­i­mallee 25. T: 030.266424242. U Dahlem Dorf. Off Map

Mu­seum of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

When he de­liv­ered his fa­mous “Ich bin ein Ber­liner” speech, John F. Kennedy au­to­mat­i­cally be­came Ber­lin’s fa­vorite US pres­i­dent. This mu­seum is a trib­ute to him and his fam­ily. Films, pho­to­graphs, and even comic books tell us about his visit to Ber­lin, his as­sas­si­na­tion, and his chil­dren. Open Tue–Sun 11am–7pm. € 5/2.50. www.thekennedys.de. Au­gust­str. 11–13. T: 030.20653570. S Oranien­burger Straße. E2 MUST SEE The gor­geous bust of Queen Ne­fer­titi is the mu­seum’s top at­trac­tion. Ex­am­ine a world-fa­mous Egyptian col­lec­tion that in­cludes many im­por­tant pa­pyruses, and let hun­dreds of ar­ti­facts tell you about early hu­man his­tory. Badly dam­aged dur­ing WWII, the Neues Mu­seum was re­opened in 2009. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www.neues-mu­seum.de. Bode­str. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrich­straße,

S Hack­escher Markt. E3/F3

Visit the brand-new Body Worlds mu­seum in

Alexan­der­platz. www.memu.ber­lin An en­ter­tain­ing jour­ney through the his­tory of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­side the neo- Baroque build­ing that once hosted Ber­lin’s post of­fice mu­seum. Ro­bots wel­come vis­i­tors and iPads make per­fect tour guides through the most in­trigu­ing steps in the devel­op­ment of postal and tele­phone com­mu­ni­ca­tion, all the way to the era of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. Open Tue 9am– 8pm, Wed– Fri 9am– 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €4/2. www.mfk- ber­lin.de. Leipziger Str. 16. T: 030.202940. U Mohren­straße, Stadt­mitte. E3

Mu­seum of Mu­si­cal In­stru­ments

A fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of an­cient and mod­ern mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing bag­pipes, harp­si­chords, and in­stru­ments once owned by celebri­ties. Check the web­site for the weekly demon­stra­tions of the most im­pres­sive mu­si­cal ma­chines, such as a si­lent film- era cinema or­gan. Open Tue, Wed, Fri 9am– 5pm, Thu 9am– 8pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 5pm. € 6/3 (un­der 18s free). www.sim.spk- ber­lin.de. ßßTier­garten­str. 1. T: 030.254810. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Mu­seum of Photography

All types of photography, from the 19th cen­tury to the present, are on ex­hibit at this com­pre­hen­sive mu­seum, housed in a grand 1090 build­ing built for the Prus­sian army’s of­fi­cer corps. The di­verse ex­hi­bi­tions are cu­rated from the Ber­lin Art Li­brary’s vast pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion, while the lower two floors are oc­cu­pied by the Hel­mut New­ton Foun­da­tion, show­cas­ing an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of work and per­sonal items from the late, great Ger­man fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher. From 21 Mar to 2 Aug: Willy May­wald: Por­traits, Fash­ion, Re­portages. The work of Willy May­wald, one of Paris’ most im­por­tant pho­tog­ra­phers in the 1930–1960s pe­riod. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb.mu­seum. Jebensstr. 2. T: 030.266424242. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C3– C4

Mu­seum The Kennedys

Neues Mu­seum

Perg­a­mon Mu­seum

One of Ber­lin’s main at­trac­tions, the Perg­a­mon Mu­seum houses the out­come of Ger­many’s early 20th- cen­tury arche­ol­ogy ex­ca­va­tions. The im­pos­ing Ishtar Gate of Baby­lon with its glazed blue bricks is a feast for the eyes, as are the Mar­ket Gate from Myle­tus, the re­con­structed in­te­ri­ors of an Assyr­ian palace, and many other splen­dorous tes­ti­monies to the an­cient world. From Septem­ber 2014 to all of 2019, the al­tar room will be closed for restora­tion works. To 15 Mar: Mschatta in fo­cus. The Jor­da­nian desert palace in his­tor­i­cal pho­to­graphs shows the richly dec­o­rated fa­cade of the early Is­lamic desert palace of Mschatta as seen in pho­to­graphs taken in the 1950s. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www. smb.mu­seum. Bode­str. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

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