MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Excited to learn more about Berlin art and architecture, Solveig Steinhardt vows not to miss the reopening of the Berlinische Galerie.
Berlinische Galerie reopens with an exploration of the city's architectural and urban development.
Abit less than a year ago, I rushed to the Berlinische Galerie museum (p. 43) to see the last exhibition before it closed for renovations. The industrial building that has been housing this small art museum since 2004 needed a good makeover, and now that its walls have been repainted and new fire sprinklers have been fitted, all is ready for its reopening on 28 May.
The Galerie, which is located just around the corner from the Jewish Museum in Kreuzberg, was created to house modern and contemporary art by Berlin-based artists or works about the German capital. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by such German expressionists as George Grosz, Otto Dix, and Georg Baselitz, as well as architectural models and sketches of the city.
For its reopening, the museum will present RadicallyModern, the firstever comprehensive exhibition on Berlin’s architectural heritage and urban development.
Cities, just like people, grow and change over time, building their personalities around their experiences and happenings. When a city’s history also includes heavy bombings, the destruction of entire neighborhoods, and 28 years of insurmountable division, the subsequent reconstruction sets the base for a strong personality. Every structure, even cold and lifeless blocks of cement or the repetitive design of East Berlin’s prefabricated buildings, becomes a living element of the city’s inner beauty.
In the ‘60s, each of Berlin’s two halves independently drew big plans for what they should respectively look like in the future: Based on their diverging social and political views, as well as on their different technical approaches, East and West Berlin were turned into experimenting grounds for architects from all over the world, who turned the city into the eclectic mix of styles it is today. About 300 works by some 30 architects, photographers, and artists explore the history and the development of such areas as Stalinallee, Alexanderplatz, Breitscheidplatz, and the Märkisches Viertel. The exhibition runs until 26 October.
“Cities, just like people, grow and change