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Art since the 20th century
Opened in 1968 in then West Berlin, the grand and airy Neue Nationalgalerie was devised as a counterpart to the art offerings on the Museumsinsel (Museums Island) in then out-of-bounds East Berlin. The temple-like and bulky slab of black steel and glass, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969), surely qualifies as a Berlin landmark and sets itself apart from the rest of the Kulturforum arts zone, with the Gemäldegalerie and the Berliner Philharmonie [see entries] within spitting distance. The high-profile permanent collection — cubism, expressionism, Bauhaus, surrealism of the Group Zero and American color-field painting — is often not on show, yielding to temporary exhibitions. The gallery's CV includes Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Paul Klee, Francis Bacon, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Barnett Newman, Frank Stella, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Demand and Paul McCarthy. Expansion plans are afoot, with the gallery due to shut for three years from 2015. U-Bahn/S-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz.
Potsdamer Straße 50
Berlin, Germany 10785
+49 30/266 424242
10am—6pm daily (Thu until 10pm)