Address book of Hanna Höch, 1917–1978

Address book of Hanna Höch, 1917–1978

© Michaela Englert

All museums breathe research

Curiosity is the cradle of scholarship. The questions we ask ourselves about our holdings are the rootstock of our day-to-day work at the museum. So one of our most important tasks is to keep building on what we know about the works and artists in our collections. Research is not an end in itself for a museum. We share this knowledge with our visitors and with other researchers – in exhibitions and catalogues, in our Collection Online and at conferences.


Provenance- and art-market-research

In most cases nobody re­members how many hands an early modernist work passed through before the Berlinische Galerie was able to acquire it in 1975 or later. Provenance researchers attempt to trace the origins of these works.

More about provenance and art-market-research


According to the collections of the museum the library preserves literature on Modern Art, Photography, and Architekture, mainly of the 20th century. The stock (at the moment 70.000 volumes) expands countinously by means of donations and estates (for example the library of Eberhard Roters, the founder of the museum).

It annually increases by about 2000 units, mainly by means of the publication exchange program with about 170 institutions at home and abroad.

To the library


Opening times

Monday, Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Due to construction work, the library will be closed from 20.1. until probably 24.2.23.

The reference library at the Berlinische Galerie is open for use subject to previous arrangement. Please email your request to We look forward to your visit.

Study Center

Interested museum visitors that want to become acquainted with a certain object or field of our collections have the possibility to take a close look at works of the collections graphic art, photography, architecture, or the artists’ archives.

This 40 meter long room is the location of parts of these collections, which are stored in plan chests, and a compact system where stocks of the library are stored. Furthermore there are several work places of the staff of these collections.

Opening hours and Costs

Monday – Friday
10 am – 4 pm
By appointment only

Fee: 10 EUR plus day ticket
Scientific use: free


This room is named after Eberhard Roters (1929 Dresden – 1994 Berlin), the founding director of the Berlinische Galerie. It has been converted and equipped using funds donated by private individuals and companies.

The room has two functions: it is exhibition space and also a place where works from the collections of graphic art and architecture are stored in plan chests. Interested museum visitors have the opportunity to view selected drawings, printed graphic works, photographs, architectural sketches and designs.

Opening hours and costs

Monday – Friday
3 pm – 6 pm
By appointment only
Tel +49 (0)30-789 02 864

Fee: 10 EUR plus day ticket
Scientific use: free

Our collection Online: over 40,000 works and archival documents have already been digitised.

Sammlung Online