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New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie)
Ranked #201 of 849 things to do in Berlin
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

My husband had been here about a decade ago and been hugely impressed and influenced by the wonderful examples of expressionism and early 20th century art (he is now an artist in his own right) so we were very much looking forward to seeing these pieces.

Sadly our DK guide let us down and as was other people's experience, we were not able to see these pieces at all.

The collection has apparently been divided up into 3 and the third collection was currently on show. This starts from 1968 until 2000 and focusses a lot on the cold war, the division of Berlin and then on reunification. This was all very interesting but it was very stark and cold compared to what we had been expecting- joyous colour and the pull of the 'big hitters' of the early 20th century.

The lady on the ticket desk was very unhelpful when we asked about it- clearly she had been asked the same question many times but simply dismissed our guidebook as 'old' (it's the 2014 DK Berlin City guide so not sure how she worked that one out) and would not tell us when the earlier pieces would be back on show or where we could see them now.

It was a huge shame because the exhibit on at the moment does have its own importance and there are some very interesting pieces from a lot of more contemporary artists but it was not at all what we were expecting or what we wanted to see. I will be bringing this to the attention of DK as well.

We found the Bergruen Museum near Charlotteburg Schloss much better- plenty of Picasso and Matisse to satisfy that longing for colour!

Thank Nicola R
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

I have been taking art students to Berlin for the last 6 years. I have yet to actually enter this building and see any art as it is always between exhibitions when we go in Feb, and the only time we got inside, was about 5 years ago, and most of it was being rehung.

Thank Sue M
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

The Mies van der Rohe building is a really beautiful place, simple, elegant, and somehow both able to disappear as a background for the art and still be spectacularly present as a statement in itself. The show we saw was an overview of primarily German art of the last three or so decades. A useful introduction to this art generally, and with some quite spectacular pieces by artists like Gerhard Richter. Another show focused on the German abstract artist K.O. Gotz, who I'd not known of before, and whose work turned out to be intriguingly orderly in the process of seeming anarchic. Lots of interest to look at here.

Thank Pernodel
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

This was just the biggest disappointment for me in Berlin. I was really looking forward to seeing German Expressionism, since i naively assumed there would be a lot here, but this museum had literally all of it in storage. Instead, they had an okay exhibition on contemporary art history and a specific artist, and zero Grosz, Muller, or Dix.

To get my modern art fix, I had to travel around the corner to the near by Culture Center, where there was an admittedly good exhibition on Picasso. The fact that there is no place for German Expressionism in Berlin is atrocious!

Thank No t
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

First the good things...the building is spectacular and so is some of the sculpture outside and in the garden.

Now the bad...the entire upper floor was devoted to a new exhibition which was not yet open. However no reduction in the ticket price to see only half the gallery.

The usual prison guards don't allow any bags into the gallery yet there are no lockers so you have to leave your bag hanging on a hook in the cloakroom. Not ideal.

Unclear why they were concerned about theft as most of the exhibits belonged in a dumpster. I have been here before and they do have some very good things in their permanent collection but none of them were on show.

Really bad and expensive coffee in the museum cafe - 3.8 euro for a tepid weak and bitter latte machiato is not reasonable.

Thank muchtravelled001
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