National Gallery Berlin | paintings in chronological order

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National Gallery Berlin

The National Gallery Berlin contains a veritable cosmos of art that spans from 1800 to recent works fresh from the studio. Whoever steps foot into its exhibitions simultaneously becomes more intimately acquainted with the city, for its works are housed and displayed at a variety of sites and in a variety of architectural landmarks spread across the city of Berlin. The original home of the collection, the Alte Nationalgalerie commands a majestic position on the Museumsinsel Berlin. Its exhibitions cover the art of the 19th century.

The National Gallery Berlin was founded in 1861 on the occasion of a donation by the banker Joachim Heinrich Wilhelm Wagener and was intended to serve the collection of modern art. In 1876, the collection moved into the then newly built National Gallery, today’s Alte Nationalgalerie.

As a temporal continuation to this department stands the Neue Nationalgalerie at the Kulturforum, near Potsdamer Platz. Its architecture amounts to a radical break with that of the previous century. During necessary renovations, the Neue Nationalgalerie is closed from January 2015 for several years. The art of the decades since the 1960s, meanwhile, are presented at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, which is situated not far from Hauptbahnhof.


After the German reunification, the divided holdings of the Nationalgalerie were reunited and partially reorganized. Due to its size, the collection is today divided among five museum buildings. While the art of the 19th century is housed in the Alte Nationalgalerie in the Alte Nationalgalerie and 20th century art, from classical modernism to the art of the 1960s, contemporary art is in the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, founded in 1996, to see. In the Museum Berggruen in the western Stülerbau opposite the Charlottenburg Palace is the Berggruen Collection, with works by Pablo Picasso and other artists of the Classical Modernism.

The eastern Stülerbau houses the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection, a collection of surrealistic art that has been open to the public since 10 July 2008. Sculptures of the early 19th century are exhibited in the Friedrichswerder church. Part of the holdings of the National Gallery, for example, the GDR art, is still today in the depots for lack of space.


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National Gallery Berlin | paintings in chronological order

1551 – 1575

pieter aertsen, the vegetable seller

pieter aertsen, the vegetable seller, 1567

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