Fine Arts

Masterpieces famous or forgotten

Painting by Felix Nussbaum, oil on canvas, 97 x 195,5 cm

In the foreground, in the centre of the beige-grey painting: a group of young artists in pale smocks with paintings. More paintings are being unloaded from a vehicle on the right. Left: professors dressed in black form a long queue three abreast. In the background, Max Liebermann stands on a half-crumbling building.

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The Berlinische Galerie collects art created in Berlin between the late 19th century and today. Our Fine Arts collection alone contains around 5,000 items, including many works by well-known artists from Max Beckmann via Hannah Höch and Naum Gabo to Georg Baselitz and John Bock. Many groups and movements feature in the list too for the role they played in art history. Examples are the Berlin Secession, Dada Berlin, the East European avant-garde between the two World Wars, the Neue Wilden and the art scene that was reborn when the Wall fell in 1989.

The Golden Twenties are a particular highlight in the collection. Berlin was on its way to becoming one of the most modern cities in the world and challenging Paris as a new world hub of modernist art. The Berlinische Galerie has never confined its focus to the big names. In a spirit of discovery we often unearth artists who have been unjustly buried under the rubble of turbulent times.

Highlights in the collection

Emphases in the collection

Ernst Barlach, Paul Baum, Max Beckmann, Reinhold Begas, Lovis Corinth, Jacoba von Heemskerck, Ludwig von Hofmann, Walter Leistikow, Max Liebermann, Ludwig Meidner, Moriz Melzer, Heinrich Richter-Berlin, Eugen Spiro, Georg Tappert, Lesser Ury, Anton von Werner


Rudolf Belling, Nikolaus Braun, Erich Buchholz, Max Dungert, Otto Freundlich, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Raoul Hausmann, Otto Möller, Arthur Segal


Naum Gabo, El Lissitzky, Iwan Puni, Lajos d`Ebneth, Alexander Rodtschenko


Otto Dix, George Grosz, Carl Hofer, Alexander Kanoldt, Jeanne Mammen, Ernst Neuschul, Felix Nussbaum, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter


Alexander Camaro, Werner Heldt, Fred Thieler, Hann Trier, Heinz Trökes, Hans Uhlmann, Emilio Vedova


Georg Baselitz, K.H. Hödicke, Edward und Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Bernd Koberling, Marwan, Wolfgang Petrick, Eugen Schönebeck, Walter Stöhrer, Wolf Vostell


Elvira Bach, Rainer Fetting, Walter Libuda, Helmut Middendorf, Salomé, Trak Wendisch, Jörg Weirich, Bernd Zimmer


Frank Badur, Horst Bartnig, Andreas Brandt, Johannes Geccelli, George Rickey


John Bock, Tatjana Doll, Friederike Feldmann, Heiner Franzen, Bernhard Garbert, Asta Gröting, Eberhard Havekost, Gregor Hildebrandt, Olaf Holzapfel, Christine Streuli, Alicja Kwade, Zora Mann, Isa Melsheimer, Julian Rosefeldt, Michael Sailstorfer, Katja Strunz, Thomas Zipp

Naum Gabo, Werner Heldt, Hannah Höch, Herbert Kaufmann, Edward und Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Issai Kulvianski, Marwan, Brigitte und Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff, Iwan Puni, George Rickey, Ursula Sax, Rolf Szymanski, Fred Thieler, Hans Uhlmann, Wolf Vostell, Max Wechsler

Important artists


1847 - 1935


1889 - 1978


1890 - 1941


1890 - 1976


1900 - 1975


1892 - 1956

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Dr. Stefanie Heckmann

Head of Department of Fine Arts
Phone +49 030-789 02-811