Rolf von Bergmann, Ohne Titel (Selbstportrait), 1978, (c) VG-Bild Kunst,Bonn, 2014

Art in Berlin 1945 until now

Presentation of the collection

The Berlinische Galerie collects art produced in Berlin since 1870. The focus in our current presentation lies on painting, graphic art, sculpture, photography and architecture from the end of the Second World War to the present day. By contrast to the previous, largely chronologically arranged exhibition concept Art in Berlin 1880 to 1980 the current exhibition approaches outstanding artistic tendencies after 1945. Key works in the collection will be gathered thematically in four stylistic blocks: “Expressive”, “Constructive”, “Realistic” and “Conceptual”.

The second half of the 20th century can no longer be presented as a sequence of styles; it is characterised instead by a simultaneity of numerous artistic approaches. Representational and abstract art exist in parallel, documentary and socially critical strategies stand alongside works that no longer reveal any visible reference to external reality. This presentation of the collection shows central works in an interdisciplinary fashion, interwoven to create exciting reciprocal dialogues. Due to the large number of international artists working in Berlin, the result is a comprehensive survey of art developments in the last decades pointing far beyond the city’s boundaries.

Artists (selected): Frank Badur, Horst Bartnig, Angela Bulloch, Rainer Fetting, Tacita Dean, Peter Eisenman und Richard Serra, Johannes Geccelli, Nicholas Grimshaw, Ulrike Grossarth, Beate Gütschow, Werner Heldt, Leiko Ikemura, Edward Kienholz und Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Via Lewandowsky, Walter Libuda, Jeanne Mammen, Marwan, J. Mayer H., Hans W. Mende, Harald Metzkes, Manfred Schiedhelm, Cornelia Schleime, Eugen Schönebeck, Bernard Schultze, Walter Stöhrer, Katja Strunz, Fred Thieler, Bernd Trasberger, Klaus Vogelgesang, Wolf Vostell


The Berlinische Galerie is going to have a brand new sprinkler system, which means we will close temporarily from 1 July 2014.

Further Information you can find here.


Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts

Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin Germany

Tel +49 (0)30-789 02-600
Fax +49 (0)30-789 02-700

Opening hours

Wednesday–Monday 10 am–6 pm

Closed on 24.12. and 31.12.


Admission prices

12 Euro / 9 Euro reduced admission

Free admission for under 18s

Happy Monday: Every first Monday of a month all visitors pay only 7 Euro.

Reduced admission for holders of a ticket from the Jüdisches Museum Berlin valid for the same day or previous two days. This offer also applies in reverse.

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