Berlin, March 26, 2012
Berlin is an amazing city, also in terms of its museums and collections: more than 175 of them await you in the German capital city. The reason for this spread of such cultural institutions is not only the profound connexions of the German people with culture, but also the fact that Berlin is the result of the reunification of two cities, each of them having had its own cultural politics and institutions until the fall of the Wall (1989).
The Kulturforum is a big area containing several cultural facilities. It was projected back in the fiftees, to provide West Berlin with a significant space for its art collections, since the partition of the city had left the main museums and equipments on the eastern part. Close to Potsdamer Platz (subway U2 & S-Bahn), it gathers a number of buildings that regal your senses with valuable contents and outstanding architectures. Some of its facilities are specially interesting:
+ Gemäldegalerie: the museum devotes 7.000 m² to the European paintings of the centuries 13th till 18th, including masterpieces of Durero, Tiziano, Caravaggio and Rembrandt, amongst many others.
+ Neue Nationalgalerie: opened in 1968, the building was conceived by Mies van der Rohe. Its treasure is the art of the 20th century, with works of painters like Miró, Picasso, Kandinsky, Munch and Kokoschka. Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism are here very present.
+ Philharmonie: seat of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, it has the best acoustic in Europe. Its 3.500 seats are distributed among the Großer Saal and the Kammermusiksaal.
+ Musikinstrumenten-Museum: it shows more than 3,000 musical instruments.
+ Neue Staatsbibliothek: opened in the late seventies, it is the “daughter” of the State Library located on Unter den Linden. Its interior can be seen in the film “The heaven over Berlin”, a classic of the cinema “made in Germany” (click here).
The Long Night of the Museums
Note it down in your agendas: on August 25th, Berlin will celebrate a new edition of the Long Night of the Museums. Once again, tens of museums in the city will be open till 2AMm with a at reduced prices. You can keep yourself informed about the activities on Facebook and also Twitter.
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