Where Berlin - - MUSEUMS & GALLERIES -

As with many things in Berlin, the Kun­st­gewerbe­mu­seum (­seum) is split be­tween two lo­ca­tions, in the east and the west. In the east there is the picturesque set­ting of the Köpenick Palace, fea­tur­ing mas­ter­pieces of in­te­rior de­sign from the 16th–18th cen­turies. In the west, at the Kul­tur­fo­rum near Pots­damer Platz, the mu­seum hosts a more ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion show­cas­ing Euro­pean arts from all the post-clas­si­cal pe­ri­ods of art history. The ground floor of the Kul­tur­fo­rum build­ing dis­plays gold reli­quar­ies from the Mid­dle Ages and mag­nif­i­cent Re­nais­sance ar­ti­facts, such as sil­ver­ware from the city coun­cil of Lüneb­urg, while the Baroque era is rep­re­sented up­stairs by tin- glazed pot­tery from Delft. There's also a newly opened fash­ion gallery, with man­nequins mod­el­ing over 100 cos­tumes span­ning 150 years of fash­ion history. Came to Berlin cel­e­brates the found­ing and last­ing im­pact of the Mu­seum of Is­lamic Art, lo­cated in­side the Perg­a­mon Mu­seum. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6.­seum. Bode­str. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

Stasi Mu­seum

The GDR’s Min­istry of State Se­cu­rity, the Stasi, has been de­scribed as one of the most re­pres­sive in­tel­li­gence and se­cret po­lice agen­cies to ever have ex­isted. Ex­plore the agency’s head­quar­ters and learn about their spy­ing tech­niques, inc. cam­eras hid­den in wa­ter­ing cans or in­side fake trees. Open Mon– Fri 10am– 6pm, Sat & Sun noon– 6pm. € 5/4. www.stasimu­ Ruschestr. 103. T: 030.5536854. U Mag­dale­nen­straße. Off Map

Spy Mu­seum Berlin

Delve into the world of es­pi­onage with two floors of in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits cov­er­ing some 3500 years of es­pi­onage history. High­lights in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions on James Bond and other fa­mous fic­ti­tious spies and a laser maze that tests your agility to break into – or out of – com­pro­mis­ing lo­ca­tions. €18/14. Daily 10am- 8pm. www.spy­mu­se­um­ber­ Leipziger Platz 9. S+U Pots­damer Platz E3

Story of Berlin

Al­most 800 years of Berlin history ar­ranged into 23 rooms, each de­scrib­ing a dif­fer­ent theme or era and an atomic bunker for visi­tors to bet­ter understand the WWII air raid ex­pe­ri­ence. An en­ter­tain­ing way to learn about the de­vel­op­ment of the city. Open daily 10am– 8pm. €12/5. www. story- of- Kur­fürs­ten­damm 208. T: 030.88720100. U Uh­land­straße. B4

Akademie der Kün­ste Hanseat­en­weg

The Berlin Art Acad­emy’s long and pres­ti­gious history dates back to 1696. To­day, this im­por­tant ex­hi­bi­tion space houses one of the most com­pre­hen­sive in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ar­chives of 20th­cen­tury art. Daily 11am–7pm. € 6/4 (Free en­try Tue 3–7pm). Hanseat­en­weg 10. T: 030.200572000. S Belle­vue, U Hansaplatz. C3

Ber­lin­is­che Ga­lerie

MUST SEE One of the finest col­lec­tions of Euro­pean art from the 13th to the 18th cen­turies. Lots of Dutch and Flem­ish pain­ters, in­clud­ing Rem­brandt and Ver­meer, and a vast col­lec­tion of Ital­ian Re­nais­sance art, in­clud­ing Bot­ti­celli, Ti­tian, and Canaletto. To 24 Jan: The Bot­ti­celli Re­nais­sance ex­plores the in­flu­ence and ap­pro­pri­a­tions of Bot­ti­celli’s work in mod­ern art. To 31 Jan: Bot­ti­celli in Re­pro­duc­tive Style fea­tures in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Bot­ti­celli’s work by dif­fer­ent con­tem­po­rary artists. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb. mu­seum. Matthäikirch­platz 50. T: 030.266424242. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Rus­sia has held parts of the Perg­a­mon’s col­lec­tion since the end of WWII, de­spite a treaty to

re­turn them. A mod­ern art col­lec­tion of 5000+ works of Ger­man and East­ern Euro­pean paint­ings. To 15 Feb: Max Beck­mann and Berlin re­veals the last­ing artis­tic im­pact Berlin as a city had on artist Beck­mann, even af­ter he em­i­grated to the Nether­lands. To 15 Feb: Ich kenne kein Week­end – The René Block Ar­chives is ded­i­cated to gallery owner Block’s in­flu­ence and role in ad­vanc­ing art in Berlin. To 21 Mar: This is Us. Por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy of in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­ety. To 21 Mar: The Di­a­logic City.

Ham­burger Bahn­hof

CThe per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of this for­mer rail­way sta­tion in­cludes a se­lec­tion of works from the Friedrich Chris­tian Flick Col­lec­tion, and the many tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions fo­cus on paint­ing and sculp­ture from the past 50 years, as well as videos, mu­sic, and de­sign. To 31 Jul: Neue Ga­lerie: The Black Years. Works from the Neue Na­tion­al­ga­lerie cre­ated be­tween 1933-1945, in­clud­ing works by Pablo Pi­casso and Käthe Koll­witz. To 13 Mar: A Few Free Years fea­tures re­cently do­nated works from the Friedrich Chris­tian Flick Col­lec­tion. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €14/ 7. www. ham­burg­er­bahn­ In­vali­den­str. 50-51.

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