Art in Berlin
1880 – 1980

Permanent Exhibition

Berlin is one of Europe’s leading art hubs. That has not always been the case.

Yva (Else Neuländer-Simon), Ohne Titel (Die Kreolin Ell' Dura), um 1930
Yva (Else Neuländer-Simon), Ohne Titel (Die Kreolin Ell' Dura), um 1930
© Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen

A century of art
on the move

When the German territories joined into a Reich in 1871 and Berlin became its capital, this was a provincial town in a rural setting. The art scene was likewise provincial and conservative. Things started to change in 1899 when the Berlin Secession was founded. It was an association of artists from various avant-garde movements who came together to exhibit. Now even Berlin was open to the triumphal march of modernism. A walk around our permanent exhibition tells the story of the city’s artistic upheaval: starting with early modernism around 1900, then on through Expressionism, the East European avant-garde of the 1920s, New Objectivity, art under the Nazi dictatorship, the new dawn after 1945, post-war modernism and art in the crossfire of the Cold War, down to the rebellious mood of the 1960s and 1970s when the Wall still divided the city into East and West. There are about 250 works on show here: paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, architecture and plenty of archive material.

Tactile models of selected works and a museum app enable visitors to use all their senses as they explore the Presentation from Our Collection. Tactile floor markings guide the blind and visually impaired independently through the permanent exhibition.

Berlinische Galerie, Foto: © Daniel Müller
Berlinische Galerie, Foto: © Daniel Müller

Selection of artists

Marta
Astfalck-Vietz

1901 - 1994

Otto
Dix

1891 - 1969

Naum
Gabo

1890 - 1977

Jacoba
van Heemskerck

1876 - 1923

Werner
Heldt

1904 - 1954

Hannah
Höch

1889 - 1978

Lotte
Jacobi

1896 - 1990

Max
Liebermann

1847 - 1935

El
Lissitzky

1890 - 1941

Jeanne
Mammen

1890 - 1976

Ludwig
Meidner

1884 - 1966

Felix
Nussbaum

1904 - 1944

Georgij
Petrussow

1903 - 1971

Anton
von Werner

1843 - 1915

Heinrich
Zille

1858 - 1929

Hans
Uhlmann

1900 - 1975

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Guided Tour in English

Public guided tour in English

Guided Tour in English

Public guided tour in English

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Art in Berlin 1880 – 1980

Permanent Exhibition

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