Germany is worldwide known as a country that is opened for different cultures and new arts. New, young and innovative artists, photographers and designers are shown next to the old masters who developed new art scenes at their time. Because of this vast exhibition, it mostly creates a contrast between the now and the past and puts the visitor in a time journey from renaissance, over impressionism to dada and the art from today. The TOP 10 galleries in germany to get this feeling and experience are shown in this article.
Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany
This gallery contains european art from 13th to the 18th centuries, shown at 7,000 square metres of exhibition space. It goes from classical italian painting, over 15th century dutch painting plus 16 works by Rembrandt and owns a collection of european masterpieces from almost every time period.
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin Germany
The old national gallery of Berlin (“Alte Nationalgalerie”) from 1876, and restored in 2001, represents paintings an sculptures of the 19th century. The exhibition shows masterpieces french and german impressionists as much as the romantic and classical time period, including many highlights from art masters.
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany
The Gemäldegalerie in Dresden is nowadays famous for its Renaissance and Baroque painting collection, originally for the collection of electors of Saxony August II. and III. It is mainly famous for its displays of Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” and Giorgione’s “Sleeping Venus”, although it shows among these two many other known artists from the italian renaissance over dutch and flemish paintings from the 17th century.
Alte Pinakothek, München, Germany
This neoclassical building houses a few of the most important european paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries. It is very famous for its biggest collection of works of Rubens and the monumental Self-Portrait of Dürer. It shows almost 1,000 paintings at time, with more thousands in storage.
Bauhaus Museum, Berlin, Germany
The Bauhaus school transformed 20th century attitudes to art, design and architecture. It owns mainly modernizing influence, such as Walter Gropius, and icons of blending function, experimental buildings, products and works with clean lines, simple structures, mass-producible aesthetics. Many artists shared this movement are now shown in the Bauhaus Museum. The collection is housed in a building constructed to one of Gropius’s own designs, and its rows of skyward-pointing, white curves form one of the most distinctive silhouettes on Berlin’s skyline.
Kathe-Kollwitz Museum, Berlin, Germany
The Kathe-Kollwitz Museum is exhibiting drawings, wood cuts, and lithographs depict themes of death, war, and motherhood. This is a moving and powerful collection of art and history that stays with you.
The C/O Gallery, Berlin, Germany
The main focus is on photography. It is supporting young, up-and-coming artists as well as attracting some of the biggest names in this business like Robert Mappelthorpe, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz. It also offers a great choice of workshops, lectures and events. People often remark upon C/O’s warm atmosphere, even though it’s a sprawling gallery, with more than 2,000sq metres of space.
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Originally a glass warehouse, founded 1975, the Berlinische Galerie is one of the youngest museums in the city and collects mainly art, photographs and architecture from 1870 until today, with focusing on the local art but at the same time also looking for international pieces. The most interesting pieces of this gallery are the creations of “Dada Berlin”, “die Neue Sachlichkeit” and “osteuropäische Avantgarde”
The Pool Gallery, Berlin, Germany
The Pool Gallery has plenty of typically cool Mitte stamps: a shopfront, white walls, and almost-scarily hip staff. The collection of street culture, young, modern art and cool photography makes the Pool Gallery well worth a visit. Starting from a light installation, paintings, graphic design or photographies, the exhibitions are always fresh, different and imposing.
Sammlung Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany
The Sammlung Boros Collection is only possible to visit on weekends and if you make an appointment, which leads to a thrilling feeling when you first visit it.
The building where the collection is housed is a second world war bunker, and went through many different uses until Christian Boros and his family bought it and transformed it into a gallery. The art collection is imposing; 159 works and creations from international artists using sculpture, video and installation from Wolfgang Tillmans to Tracey Emin.
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