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Over the last decade Berlin has developed one of the most innovative and productive art scenes worldwide and is now internationally recognized as a major center for art. Attracted by the city's energy and spirit, expanding gallery scene, experimental projects and studio rents which are still at an acceptable level, artists from all over the world are moving to Berlin. Hundreds of galleries, museums and exhibition halls in Berlin contribute to Berlin's vibrant art areas and exquisite public art collections. Additionally several private collections have opened in recent years.

Museums & Exhibition Spaces

Berlin offers a huge variety of outstanding collections from all areas and epochs. The following listing appears in alphabetical order. Museums or Collections which the first time visitor should not miss are marked with ***.


Akademie der Künste
Located at the Pariser Platz, in the neighborhood of the Brandenburger Tor and next to Hotel Adlon, The Akademie der Künste organizes contemporary exhibitions in the areas of visual arts, architecture, music, literature, performing and film arts. The Akademie also offers numerous awards, e.g. the Kunstpreis Berlin, the Käthe Kolwitz Award or the Will-Grohmann-Award - just to name a few.
Location: Pariser Platz 4. 10117 Berlin (map)


Berlinische Galerie
The Berlinische Galerie houses the State Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture. Exhibited is art created in Berlin from 1870 until the present day: This includes e.g. The Secessionists and the "Jungen Wilden" Group, Dada and Fluxus, New Objectivity and Expressionism, the avant-garde in architecture and photography and the creative contemporary art scene. Russians in Berlin, Berlin during the Nazi regime, the city in ruins and the formation of the metropolis. Besides the permanent collection, special exhibitions are also organized.
Location: Alte Jakobstraße 124-128 10969 Berlin (map)


Deutscher Bundestag
Deutscher BundestagThe Deutscher Bundestag offers guided tours on art and architecture. Booking a tour allows you to see the Bundestag‘s collection of the work of German and foreign artists and to visit the Reichstag dome. The artworks have been especially commissioned for the parliamentary buildings.
Prior booking is required. Take a confirmation of your booking with you.

Location: Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin (map)



Deutsche Guggenheim
Founded by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Deutsche Bank
The Deutsche Guggenheim hosts three to four exhibitions per year,
Exhibition space: 510 sqm.
Location: Unter den Linden 13/15 10117 Berlin-Mitte (map)


Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings)***
GemäldegalerieThe Gemäldegalerie houses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century. The collection includes masterpieces by such artists as van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Exhibition space: 7000 sqm.
Location: Stauffenbergstraße 40 10785 Berlin (map)


Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart***
The Hamburger Bahnhof brings several internationally renowned collections together: the Nationalgalerie Collection, the Collection Marx, the Collection Marzona and the Flick collection.

The Nationalgalerie's Collection at the Hamburger Bahnhof is dedicated to the major directions in art from 1960 to the present. A significant pillar of the collection is video and film art.

Hamburger BahnhofThe Marx Collection revolves around five major personalities of late 20th century art: Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol.

The Marzona Collection is one of the most important ensembles of Conceptual Art. The collection contains Conceptual, Land, and Minimal Art and works of Arte Povera created between 1965 and 1978.

The Friedrich Christian Flick Collection mainly concentrates on late 20th century art. The collection encompasses ca 2000 works by approximately 150 artists, mainly from North America and Europe.

The Hamburger Bahnhof was erected in the mid-19th century as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system. At that time the Berlin-Hamburg-Bahn connected the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin with the Berliner Bahnhof in Hamburg.
Exhibition space: 13000 sqm.
Location: Invalidenstraße 50-51 10557 Berlin (map)


Haus der Kulturen der Welt
The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is Germany's center for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse. It presents artistic productions from around the Haus der Kulturenworld, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies. The exhibitions are dedicated to visual arts, music, literature, performing arts, film, academic discussions and digital media. The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is located in the Tiergarten Park in the congress hall which was built by the United States as its contribution to the building exhibition Interbau in 1957.
Location: John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin (map)


Kunstwerke Berlin - Institute for Contemporary Art
The Kunstwerke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin doesn't have a collection of its own, but is instead a place for the production and presentation of discourse oriented contemporary art. Kunstwerke Berlin is also the initiator of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Exhibition space: 2000 sqm.
Location: Auguststraße 69 D-10117 Berlin-Mitte (map)


Martin Gropius Bau
Martin Gropius BauThe Martin Gropius Bau is an exhibition hall which today hosts a large variety of international exhibitions. The house was built by the architects Martin Gropius (great uncle of "Bauhaus"-founder Walter Gropius) and Heino Schmieden in the Renaissance style. The building was inaugurated in 1881 and served originally as an arts and crafts museum.
Location: Niederkirchnerstraße 7 10963 Berlin (map)


Museumsinsel (Museum Island)***
The Museumsinsel received its name for a complex of five internationally renowned museums that occupy the northern part of an island in the Spree river in Berlin-Mitte. In 1999, UNESCO declared the Museumsinsel as a world heritage site. Location: Am Kupfergraben 5 10117 Berlin-Mitte (map)

- Altes Museum (Old Museum): Collection of Classical Antiquities.

- Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery): 19th century art.

- Bode Museum: Sculpture Collection and Numismatic Colletion.

- Neues Museum (New Museum): Egyptian, Papyrus, Prehistory and Early History Collections. The Neues Museum has also the famous, over 3000 years old Nefertiti bust on display.

- Pergamon Museum: The Museum became famous through monumental reconstrunctions of the historically significant Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate.

The Pergamon Museum accommodates:
  - The Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities),
  - The Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East)
  - The Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art).


Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery)
The NeNeue Nationalgaleriew National Gallery houses its collection of 20th century European painting and sculpture in an iconic building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Ranging from early modern art to art of the 1960s, the collection includes works by Munch, Kirchner, Picasso, Klee, Feininger, Dix, Kokoschka, and many others. Each year, a number of special exhibitions are on show at the New National Gallery. During temporary exhibitions the permanent collection is not on view. Due to its outstanding collection, the New National Gallery ranks as one of the most important museums in Europe.
Location: Potsdamer Straße 50 10785 Berlin (map)


Private Collections

Visits to private collections are in many cases only possible by appointment on a specific day of the week, also a reservation well in advance might be required. Please check the collections' websites for details.

The best known collections are the Sammlung Hoffmann and Sammlung Boros. This May, the Olbricht Collection - "me Collectors Room Berlin" opened its gates and promises to be a top quality addition to Berlin's group of private collections.

Arthur de Ganay Collection
This collection focusses on contemporary photography, e.g. Thomas Ruf, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Location: Köpenicker Straße 10a 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg (map)

About Change, Collection Stiftung
The About Change, Collection Stiftung exhibits works based on collage from the collection of German media businesswoman Christiane zu Salms.
Location: Am Kupfergraben 10 10117 Berlin-Mitte (map)

me Collectors Room Berlin
The me Collectors Room presents the Thomas Olbricht Collection which brings together works ranging from the 16th century to the most recent contemporary art.
Besides well known contemporary artists such as: John Currin, Eric Fischl, Franz Gertsch, Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas or Gerhard Richter also works by new discoveries, such as Corinne von Lebusa, Tomoko Nagai, Rachel Goodyear or Jonas Burgert are on display. The collection encompasses works in a broad variety of artistic media: painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and new media.
Exhibition space: 1.300 sqm.
Location: Auguststraße 68, 10117 Berlin-Mitte (map)

Sammlung Boros
This contemporary art collection, established by advertising manager Christian Boros, opened to the public in 2008 in a converted world war II bunker in central Berlin. Christian Boros himself lives very close to his collection: On top of the bunker in a penthouse with terraces and a roof garden.
Exhibition space: 3.000 sqm.
Location: Reinhardtstraße 20 10117 Berlin-Mitte (map)

Sammlung Haubrok
Barbara and Axel Haubrok exhibit contemporary works by such artists as: Jonathan Monk, Christopher Williams, Heimo Zobernig, Peter Piller, Martin Boyce, Carol Bové and Wade Guyton
Location: Strausberger Platz 19 10243 Berlin (map)

Sammlung Hoffmann
Erika Hoffmann collects contemporary art from around the world and in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and video. The collection is distributed among rooms, belonging to Erika Hoffmann's living and working space.
Exhibition space: 1.400 sqm
Location: Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Aufgang C Sophienstraße 21 10178 Berlin-Mitte (map)

Schürmann Berlin
Schürmann Berlin is the showroom of Wilhelm Schürmann's contemporary art collection, in which 5-6 exhibitions are organized each year.
Location: Weydingerstraße 10 10178 Berlin (map)

Gallery Areas

Berlin's gallery areas are in permanent change and development. The areas with a longer history, e.g. around the Auguststraße, are complemented by newer art venues like Rosenthaler Straße or around Checkpoint Charlie. Estimations of the overall number of galleries in Berlin vary between 400-600, the number of internationally active galleries is likely to be between 100-200.

- Galleries around August Straße and Rosenthaler Straße (map)

- Heidestraße (link)

- Halle am Wasser (link)

- Brunnenstraße (link)

- Galleries around Checkpoint Charlie/Zimmerstraße/Kochstraße (map)

- Lindenstraße 34 (map)

- Holzmarktstraße (map)

- Schauhallen Berlin (link): In development, opening scheduled for October 2011


ArtVista Art Travel Guide

Selected Events

Franz Ackermann
Hügel und Zweifel

18 September 2013 – 31 March 2014
Berlinische Galerie
Alte Jakobstr. 124/128

Zierrat und Zunge: Bucheinbände aus der islamischen Welt.
13 December 2013 - 16 March 2014
Museum Island Berlin, Bodestraße 1-3 10178 Berlin

The End of the 20th Century. The Best Is Yet to Come. A Dialogue with the Marx Collection
14 September 2013 - 30 March 2014
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart.

Selected Galleries
Contemporary Fine Arts Alexander Ochs Galleries Galerie Michael Schultz Galerie Thomas Schulte Carlier | Gebauer Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch
Auction Houses
Ketterer Kunst Villa Grisebach