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11 Tips for Art Enthusiasts in Berlin

Discover and experience contemporary art

Galerie M - Kunst im urbanen Raum
© Foto: Karin Scheel

In 2026, the Museum of the 20th Century is scheduled to open at the Kulturforum, another important location for contemporary art in Berlin. You will then see around 4,000 works from the National Gallery's collection, as well as works from individual private collections. But Berlin, the art metropolis, already has a lot to offer. In addition to the Gropius Bau and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin has many exciting events, programmes and places where you can discover and experience contemporary art. And there's also plenty of art and culture to discover in the city itself. Our 11 tips for art lovers!

Tip 1: Gallery Weekend

Gallery Weekend in Berlin
Gallery Weekend in Berlin © Marco Funke

The annual Gallery Weekend in Berlin is one of the most important art events of the year - and not only in Berlin. Over 50 galleries open their doors and invite you to talk to and about artists and their work.  Get an overview of the contemporary art scene, discover new things and meet old friends again. The Gallery Weekend is also a good opportunity for newcomers and those who just want to get a taste of the world of contemporary art.

When: 28 April to 30 April
Where: various locations in Berlin

Tip 2: Berlin Art Week

Alicja Kwade zu ihrem Projekt "In Abwesenheit" in der Berlinischen Galerie
Alicja Kwade zu ihrem Projekt "In Abwesenheit" in der Berlinischen Galerie © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

With a colourful programme, Berlin Art Week presents contemporary art for everyone together with the most important players on the Berlin art scene. The major museums and institutions will be there, as well as project spaces, galleries, art associations and private collections. Workshops, discourse rounds, concerts and other events provide a good introduction. Numerous tours invite you to discover Berlin's contemporary art scene throughout the city. The tours also take you out into the neighbourhoods - and to exciting places that may be a little out of your everyday radius. Definitely the biggest and most important event for art enthusiasts.

When: 13 September - 17 September
Where: various locations throughout the city of Berlin

Berlin Art Week

Tip 3: Berlinische Galerie - open again on 25 May

Berlinische Galerie - Treppenaufgang mit vielen Personen
© Berlinische Galerie, Foto: Nina Straßgütl

If you are interested in art from Berlin and Berlin artists, then you should definitely plan a visit to the Berlinische Galerie. The Berlinische Galerie collects and exhibits art created in Berlin from 1870 to the present day. Epochs such as Dada Berlin, Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), the Eastern European avant-garde as well as the art of the divided Berlin and the reunited metropolis are part of the permanent exhibition, supplemented by contemporary art, changing project series and cooperation projects. A lively mix with offerings for all ages.

When: reopens on May 25 | Wednesday to Monday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed Tuesday).
Where: Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Kreuzberg


Tip 4: KW Institute for Contemporary Art

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Haus des KW Institute for Contemporary Art © Foto: Tina Wessel

Founded in the early 1990s in a former Magarine factory, KW Institute for Contemporary Art has since become a permanent and important institution for contemporary art in Berlin. In addition to cooperation programmes with national and international partners such as MoMA PS1 in New York, the Biennale di Venezia or Documenta in Kassel, exciting projects are also realised with the local creative scene, such as screenings, readings, discussion rounds and much more. The focus is always on a critical view of current processes of social change.

Tip: KW Institute is also always part of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Here, different formats by renowned curators are realised at various locations in Berlin, including many experimental formats. 

When: Wednesday to Monday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Auguststraße 69, Mitte


Tip 5: KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art

© KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Photo: Marco Funke, 2019

Where beer was once brewed is now an exciting meeting place for everyday culture and the art scene. In the listed brick buildings, you can expect international contemporary art as well as an exciting supporting programme that repeatedly involves the neighbourhood and the local art scene, for example during "48 hours Neukölln".

The Maschinenhaus, Kesselhaus and especially the tower offer an impressively brutal backdrop for space-specific large-scale installations. In the former brewhouse you can dine between the shiny copper brewing kettles. In summer, Babette's garden invites you into the inner courtyard.

When: Wednesday 12 - 8 p.m., Thursday to Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
Where: Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln


Tip 6: Academy of Arts

Akademie der Künste: We Buy White Albums von Rutherford Chang
Akademie der Künste: We Buy White Albums von Rutherford Chang © Rutherford Chang

Anna Seghers, Helene Weigel and Bertolt Brecht: they all worked here. Today, their living and working spaces under the roof of the Akademie der Künste are open to visitors. Founded in 1669, the Academy in Berlin is one of the oldest European cultural institutes. Its various programmes and sections deal with the visual arts and architecture, music, literature, performing arts, film and media art. At both locations of the academy, you can gain insights into the current art scene in changing exhibitions, lectures and concerts.

When: the building is open daily from 10 am - 8 pm, opening hours of the exhibitions vary
Where: Paris Platz 4, Mitte

When: the building is open daily from 10 am - 8 pm, opening hours of the exhibitions vary
Where: Hanseatenweg 10, Tiergarten

ACADEMY OF THE ARTs (Akademie der Künste)

Tip 7: House of World Cultures - Closed until the end of May

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Above all, the House of World Cultures is an open house. With its unusual architecture and prime location directly on the Spree, the HKW invites critical exchange and offers a forum for contemporary arts. Here you can experience exhibitions, concerts, readings and performances, partly in the building, partly on the roof terrace at sunset. In addition to musicians, authors and artists, academics and experts from all fields of work and life are also involved in the programming. 

When: Closed until the end of May, reopening from 2 to 4 June
Where: John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Tiergarten

HOUSE OF WORLD Cultures (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)

Tip 8: König Gallery

König Galerie in St. Agnes in Berlin Kreuzberg
König Galerie in St. Agnes in Berlin Kreuzberg © (c) visumate

Founded in 2002 by Johann König, the gallery of the same name now also has branches in Vienna, London and Seoul. Galerie König currently presents 40 artists with a focus on interdisciplinary, conceptual and spatial approaches, and the works find sufficient space in the rooms of a former church. Architect Werner Düttmann, who designed and built the church of St. Agnes in Brutalist style from 1964 to 1967, is incidentally also responsible for the building of the Academy of Arts on Hanseatenweg or the Bridge Museum.

When: Wednesday - Saturday 11 am - 6 pm
Where: Alexandrinenstraße 118-121, Kreuzberg


Tip 9: Boros Collection

Reichsbahnbunker Friedrichstraße
© Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Foto: Wolfgang Bittner

Another exciting building conversion is the Boros Collection, housed in a former bunker. The private collection of contemporary art by the couple Karen and Christian Boros is on display, and you can see different sections of the collection in changing presentations. Unlike the König Gallery, which sees itself as a sales gallery, you need to book a ticket for the Boros Collection.

When: Friday - Sunday 10 am - 8 pm
Where: Reinhardtstraße 20, Mitte


Tip 10: Wilhelm Hallen and Rathenau-Hallen

Industrial heritage in Oberschöneweide_Berlin
Industrial heritage in Oberschöneweide © visitBerlin, Foto: Nele Niederstadt

If you're interested in the conversion of listed buildings, here are a few more tips for you. Hangars 2 + 3 of the former Tempelhof Airport have been converted into an art gallery by the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur, naturally with plenty of space for expansive sculptures. Check our event calendar for art exhibitons here and elsewhere in Berlin.

In Oberschöneweide, walk along a riverside path along the Spree connecting the Culture and Technology Centre in the Rathenau Halls over to the Reinbeck Halls, which hosted the Lost Art Festival, among other things, and the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW Berlin). An alliance that is intended to fuel creativity and a start-up atmosphere.

Where: Rathenau Culture and Technology Centre, Wilhelminenhofstraße 83-85, Oberschöneweide.
When: Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed Monday).

Where: Reinbeckhallen, Reinbeckstraße 11, Oberschöneweide
When: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 5 pm


New life has also moved into the old Winkelhof iron foundry, a listed ensemble in Reinickendorf. Architects, designers, artists, music producers and marketing experts now work here between brick and iron framework. The Mehdi Chouakri Gallery has its third location in Berlin here - and regularly organises art and cultural events in the spacious rooms, often in cooperation with others.

When: 4 March to 5 April - Monochromes
Where: Kopenhagenerstr. 60-72, Reinickendorf


Tip 11: Tips for Urban Art

Street Art in Berlin: Elephant with world balloon by Jadore Tong
Street Art in Berlin: Elephant with world balloon by Jadore Tong © visitBerlin, Foto: Josefine Köhn-Haskins

By the way, it's also worth keeping your eyes open on the way from one cultural institution to another. In principle, the whole of Berlin is one big open-air gallery. You'll find sculptures everywhere in the capital, such as the Oval Butterfly on the Spiegelsee in front of the House of World Cultures or the Boxers by Keith Haring on Potsdamer Platz. At Oberbaumbrücke, the light installation Rock, Scissors, Paper refers to the history of the bridge as a border crossing between East and West. We have put together the best walks for art lovers. 

Tip: If you are interested in street art and murals, you can find a map with the best starting points for your urban art discovery here. We've also put together the best routes for you in our ABOUT BERLIN app.

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins


is originally from Munich and started out her career at one of Germanys largest daily news papers. Before finding her home in Berlin, she also reported as a correspondent and trend scout from the US. Today she is cruising Berlin's neighbourhoods, always on the lookout for good stories - with a focus on culture, music and ideas for the future of an innovative Berlin. All posts