Art in Berlin 1880–1980

Permanent Exhibition

The presentation from our collection is a multi-facetted tour through the art of Berlin from 1880 to 1980. It ranges from paintings of the late 19th century, when the Kaiser reigned and tastes were largely determined by the moneyed classes, via Expressionism and the East European avant-garde to post-war modern architecture and the “wild” works of the Seventies. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the collection, there is a lively dialogue between paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and architecture. The show illustrates a diversity of artistic styles and credos, but also tensions, polarisations and fresh departures, which remain hallmarks of Berlin as an artistic hub. As a city of the modern age that is attracting more young international artists than ever before, Berlin is still a centre of permanent new beginnings. 

Until 17 October 2019 a space in the permanent collection has been devoted to Valeska Gert: paintings, drawings and photographs by Jeanne Mammen, B. F. Dolbin, Umbo and others depict the actor-dancer as a type of her era reflected in her poses on stage.

Tactile models and an inclusive museumapp stimulate the dialogue with art and create an artistic experience with all the senses. In addition, a tactile floor guidance system allows blind and visually impaired visitors an independent tour through the permanent exhibition as well as orientation in the Berlinische Galerie.

Artists (selected)

Marta Astfalck-Vietz, Fritz Brill, Otto Dix, Fidus (Hugo Höppener), Naum Gabo, Werner Heldt, Hannah Höch, Lotte Jacobi, Oskar Kokoschka, Walter Leistikow, Max Liebermann, El Lissitzky, Jeanne Mammen, Ludwig Meidner, Felix Nussbaum, Georgij Petrussow, Iwan Puni, Erich Salomon, Gertrude Sandmann, Karl Schenker, Fred Thieler, Hans Uhlmann, Julie Wolfthorn, Anton von Werner, Heinrich Zille.

Exhibition Architecture and Colour Design: david saik studio.


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.


Floor plan

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