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!
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