The Neue Nationalgalerie
(smb.museum) at the Kulturforum
is Germany’s state museum of modern art, while the Alte Nationalgalerie
covers the older stuff. There are many other institutions at the Kulturforum including the Gemäldegalerie
(European art from the 13th to the 18th centuries).
The Berlinische Galerie
(berlinischegalerie.de) is a favourite among Berlin’s local artists. Situated in a renovated glass warehouse, it balances new exhibitions with a superb collection of Berlin art from 1870, including Expressionist, Nazi-era and Berlin Dada era art.
Alte Jakobstrasse 124-128
Book an appointment at Sammlung Boros
(sammlung-boros.de) and explore a 3000m2 World War II bunker that has become one of the city’s hippest art destinations.
Founded in 1991, Carlier Gebauer
(carliergebauer.com) consists of three white rooms that welcome both established and up-and-coming artists. Entry is free. Markgrafenstrasse 67
The Hamburger Bahnhof
(www.hamburgerbahnhof.de) is, as the name suggests, an old railway station. Nowadays, the museum is home to an exceptional collection of modern art from Lichtenstein, Warhol, Beuys and many more.
Because many of the old spaces in the city that housed galleries and artists have either been, or are being, turned into flats, when you learn German in Berlin
you will need to keep your eyes open for the next pop-up gallery. And then get in there before the property developers!