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At the beginning of the 20th century, female artists are a rare breed. Their works are sequestered at the back of the most important museums or in dusty archives. That is not the case in Das Verborgene Museum (The Hidden Museum) in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Here you can see the work of overlooked artists. Since its inception 30 years ago, art by women has become a feature of the exhibitions here. The concept of a women-only art museum is unique, and not just in Germany. Discover the versatile works of female artists from the early 20th century and gain a new perspective on art history.
Valuable work against forgetting: Das Verborgene Museum
A study between 1984 and 1987 reveals that the works of more than 500 female artists are stored in basements and archives of West Berlin museums. Hardly anyone has access to the work, or knows who the artists are. Dedicated art lovers establish the Hidden Museum Club in 1986. It now undertakes scientific restoration of this body of work to display in Das Verborgene Museum, compiling works from various facilities and estates, and presenting them in exhibitions. The collection of works from the late 19th and early 20th century span painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture. There are even finds from private individuals. More than 100 female artists have returned to public view. Some, thanks to the museum, are now represented in the collections of great museums such as the Berlinische Galerie and the Neue Nationalgalerie.
What awaits you in Das Verborgene Museum
- Unique worldwide: exhibitions of forgotten artists of the 20th century.
- Art history biographies and publications.
- New insights into the history of 20th century art.
- Variety of styles and arts from painting to photography, sculpture, and architecture.
- Historical documents from a female perspective.
Young artists and international masters in Charlottenburg
Around Das Verborgene Museum, you can find many more exhibitions. Only a few minutes away by foot is the Berlin branch of Gallery Brockstedt. This gallery has a reputation as the who's who of classic modernism and post-war realism. You can see an extensive private collection of Käthe Kollwitz just 15 minutes from Das Verborgene Museum. More than 50 years Berlin daily life is represented in the Käthe Kollwitz Museum. She concentrates on her immediate surroundings, reflecting socio-political issues of the time. The Gallery of Michael Haas has stood nearby for three decades. Names such as Otto Dix, A.R. Penck or Gerhard Richter feature on its list of internationally known artists. The second major focus is on young artists. The Story of Berlin provides an entertaining look at history: within 23 showrooms you will experience 800 years of Berlin history with a special focus on the 20th century. A highlight is the original fallout shelter from the 1970s. In the Gallery of MUTARE you can enjoy German and international contemporary art.
Tips for your visit
Das Verborgene Museum is only open during temporary exhibitions. You can visit in the afternoon from Thursday to Sunday. It's best to ask about current exhibitions and opening times. With the S-Bahn lines S5, S7 and S75, travel to Savignyplatz or take the Metro line 2 to Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Buses M49 and X34 stop at Sahar road, which is only 200 metres away from the museum.