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Statue with no face at Pergamon Museum
Pergamon Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

Top exhibitions in Berlin

Acclaimed art from all over the world

Over the next few years, Berlin will be putting on interesting and fascinating exhibitions, ranging from ancient Chinese paintings to the Bauhaus, from Martin Luther to Pablo Picasso.

Visit Berlin’s museums and allow yourself to be impressed by the works of art.

Museum für Kommunikation Berlin (Museum for communication)

Museum for Communication in Berlin
Museum for Communication at night © Museum für Kommunikation, Foto: Michael Erhart

OH YEAH! Pop music in Germany

You must have heard this exhibition! 90 years of pop music in Germany: From the swing of the 1920s to the beat era, punk, the Neue Deutsche Welle, techno and hip hop to today's trends. With headphones you immerse yourself in the colourful world of pop, listen to music titles, radio and film clips at sound stations and go on a journey through time through your own past.

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Deutsches-Historisches-Museum
Deutsches Historisches Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: Artfully Media, Sven Christian Schramm

Europe and the Sea (13 June 18 - 6 January 2019)
How much has the sea influenced the development of Europe? The exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum investigates this question. The exhibition ranges from antiquity to the present day, with the individual thematic focal points such as the importance of the sea as Europe's ruling and trading area, as a bridge and border, as a resource and as a place of remembrance each assigned to a port city as an example.

Museum Barberini

 

View of Potsdam’s historic center with the Museum Barberini
View of Potsdam’s historic center with the Museum Barberini © Helge Mundt

Gerhard Richter.Abstraction (30 June - 21 October 18)

Gerhard Richter is one of the most important contemporary artists, his works achieve top prices. The exhibition "Gerhard Richter: Abstraction" in Potsdam's Barberini Museum is dedicated to the abstract work of this exceptional artist and shows Richter's paintings from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to a work in the possession of the Barberini Museum, it contains some 80 paintings from international museums and private collections.

Ephraim-Palais

Ephraim-Palais in Berlin
Ephraim-Palais © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The beauty of a big city (23 February - 26 August 18)
Berlin in art is shown in the exhibition "The Beauty of a Big City" with pictures from Gaertner to Fetting. Around 120 works from the 19th century to the present day illuminate the artists' view of Berlin's beauties. The title refers to the book of the same name by August Endell from 1908.
 

Märkisches Museum

Märkisches Museum Berlin
Märkisches Museum in Berlin © Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Michael Setzpfand

BerlinZeit (10 June 18 - 31 December 99)
The new permanent exhibition in the Märkisches Museum is a journey through Berlin's history with objects, multimedia and interactive stations. In one hour, visitors can experience all the ups and downs of the fascinating history of the city in which change is the only constant.
 

Pergamon Museum

Entrance of Pergamon Museum
Entrance of Pergamon Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: René Lichtenstein

Art of Islamic Cultures (1 January 2000 until further notice)

In the Museum of Islamic Art, you can see the art of Islamic peoples from the eighth to the nineteenth century. The permanent exhibition is situated in the south wing of the Pergamon Museum. The art works come from an area that stretches from Spain to India. Discover, among other things, the stone façade of Mshatta, the stucco walls from palaces in Samarra, the painted wooden panelling of the Aleppo Room, and wall ceramics as prayer niches from Turkey and Iran.

Pergamon Museum. The panorama (From spring/summer 2018)

The unique cooperation between the Antikensammlung of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the artist Yadegar Asisi in 2011/2012 will continue in 2018. In the temporary exhibition building "Pergamonmuseum. The Panorama "across from the Bode Museum will present highlights from the antiquities collection as well as the completely redesigned panorama by Yadegar Asisi from spring / summer 2018. The immersive image effect of the Asisi Panorama, in combination with 80 antique sculptures and new multimedia visualizations of the Pergamon Altar in the approximately 1000 square meter exhibition presentation, results in a unique and forward-looking overall concept to relive the appearance of the ancient metropolis Pergamon. Ticket pre-sale will start in spring 2018.

Alte Nationalgalerie

Old National Gallery on the Museum Island in Berlin
Old National Gallery © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Wanderlust (10 May - 16 September 2018)

The starting point of the large exhibition on hiking "Wanderlust"  is the famous painting "Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer" by Caspar David Friedrich. Other important works by Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Blechen, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Auguste Renoir and Paul Gauguin show the importance of hiking in the 19th century. The exhibition illuminates the themes of "Discovering nature", "Life's journey", "Artist's hike", "Walks", "Hiking landscapes on both sides of the Alps".
 

Bode-Museum

Entrance of Bode-Museum
Entrance of Bode-Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Beyond Compare: Art from Africa at the Bode Museum (27th of october 2017 until 31st of december 2019)

The exhibition ‘Beyond Compare’ introduces superlative works of art from Africa from the Ethnologisches Museum into the peerless sculpture collection of the Bode Museum. The experimental juxtaposition of works from two continents reveals possible correlations on various levels, including historic contemporaneity, iconographic and technological similarities, and artistic strategies.

Neues Museum

Neues Museum in Berlin: Egyptian hall
Neues Museum: Egyptian hall © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

Ancient Egypt (17 October 2009 until further notice)

Just the numbers are impressive: over 2500 exhibits in an area of 3600 square meters on three floors. Immerse yourself in the world of ancient Egypt, located in the northern wing of the Neues Museum. Sacrificial chambers give an impression of the cult of death and the gods as well as the everyday life of the people of that time. A special highlight is the bust of Nefertiti in the North Dome Room of the Neues Museum. It provides – in conjunction with the other sculptures of the exhibition – an impression of what the people and kings of ancient Egypt looked like.

Dalí - The exhibition at Potsdamer Platz

Dalí Museum Berlin
Dalí Museum © daliberlin.de

Permanent exhibition - until futher notice

Come into my brain - Discover the fantastic worlds of the great surrealist Salvador Dalí. In the Museum Dalí - The exhibition at Potsdamer Platz you will see the extraordinary work of the ingenious artist. The collection shows around 450 works in rotation, including paintings, drawings, illustrations and sculptures. Highlights are the cycle to Dante's Divine Comedy and the sculpture "The Surreal Angel".

Museum Berggruen

Museum Berggrün
Museum Berggrün © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Picasso and his Time (16 March 2013 until further notice)

The Museum Berggruen presents unique works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Alberto Giacometti. Pablo Picasso alone is represented with more than 120 works, including such central works as the “Seated Harlequin” from 1905 in his Rose Period, “The Yellow Sweater” from 1939 as well as an impressive detailed study for “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” – one of the most important paintings of the 20th century. Paul Klee's creations are explained by the 70 works by him on show. Masterpieces by Cézanne and Braque complement the collection.

Gemäldegalerie

MANTEGNA and BELLINI: Masters of the Renaissance
© Andrea Mantegna, Die Darbringung Christi im Tempel © Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Christoph Schmidt

MANTEGNA and BELLINI: Masters of the Renaissance (1 March 2019 to 30 June 2019)

They are two of the most important artists of the early Renaissance, who also happened to be brothers-in-law: Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini. Learn how the two close associates influenced each other and together shaped the early Renaissance. The exhibition compares the works of both painters. You can see the many paintings and drawings of these two Renaissance masters next to each other for the first time in this exhibition and identify the many parallels.

The Feuerle Collection

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: The Feuerle Collection
© The Feuerle Collection, Foto: def image

Contemporary Art and Antiques

Even the location of the exhibition is exceptional and steeped in history: the British architect John Pawson has renovated a Second World War bunker to house the collection of the art consultant Désiré Feuerle. On show are works by contemporary artists, as well as antique exhibits from China and Southeast Asia. A large part of these are from the eras of the great Chinese dynasties – from the Han Dynasty, which begins 200 years before Christ, to the Qing  Dynasty, which continues up to the 20th Century.
Furthermore, the collection juxtaposes the ancient exhibits with works by contemporary artists such as Christina Iglesias, Adam Fuss, Nobuyoshi Araki, Anish Kapoor, Zeng Fanzhi or James Lee Byars.

Caligari Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg

Babelsberg Film Studio in Potsdam
Film Studio Babelsberg © Foto: Unify by wikimedia commons

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition (18.10.18 - 10.3.19)


The Caligari Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg in Potsdam is transformed into the magical world of the Harry Potter universe. Visitors can visit places in the series such as classrooms and dormitories, see authentic props and costumes and interactively immerse themselves even deeper into the world of the magic student.
 

The Stasi Museum: Memorial at Normannenstrasse

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Revolution und Mauerfall
© Visualisierung: Kulturprojekte/Daniel Büche

Open-Air Exhibition: Revolution and the Fall of the Wall – Permanent Exhibition

You can experience history in almost every corner of Berlin – but hardly anywhere to the degree of the open-air exhibition “Revolution and the Fall of the Wall” on the site of the former Stasi headquarters. Walk through the bilingual permanent exhibition, in the midst of one of the scenes of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. Allow yourself to be guided, chronologically or thematically, through the events, with the assistance of the three theme worlds of Awakening, Revolution and Unity. Thereby allowing you to relive history, from the beginnings of the protest, to the fall of the Wall and German unity in 1990.