Explore Berlin’s Art Scene
Vibrant, bustling and international, Berlin’s art scene is world renowned and the city’s reputation as one of the coolest culture capitals cemented by the work of the many creatives who live and work there. When visiting for only a few days the choice of art galleries, exhibition openings and institutions can be overwhelming - an amazing smorgasbord of choices spread across the city. Here we present you with a cross section of Berlin’s best art spaces, so no matter what you desire, you’ll leave satisfied and a little more inspired than when you arrived.
Just a five minute walk from Hauptbahnhof, Berlin’s central train hub, lies a train station with a difference. Part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (or National Museums in Berlin), Hamburger Bahnhof is a converted train station and relic of 19th century neoclassical architecture. Boasting immensely spacious halls and corridors, this unique space hosts both changing exhibitions by contemporary artists and a permanent exhibition chartering the diversity of major individuals and movements within the art scene since the 1960s.
Nestled away in the happening kiez of Kreuzberg, you can’t miss Berlinische Galerie thanks to its ‘Yellow Field of Letters’, a bright yellow alphabetical courtyard by architects Kühn Malvezzi, situated just outside. A fairly new gallery on the Berlin art scene, it’s focus is on modern art, photography and architecture, featuring art dating from 1870 to the present day. Hosting an ever changing collection of current exhibitions, Berlinische Galerie also supports the Berlin art scene by hosting a number of art awards and events throughout the year, ranging from guided tours to artist talks and festivals.
Another branch of the mighty Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Gemäldegalerie is world renowned for its collection of European paintings dating from the 13th to the 18th century. An intricate maze of 72 main galleries, the museum offers viewers a chance to see works by German, Italian and Netherlandish masters such as Albrecht Dürer, Raphael and Jan van Eyck, first hand and has over 1,000 masterpieces on show alone in the upper gallery at any one time. The jewel in Gemäldegalerie’s crown however has to be their collection of paintings by Dutch painter Rembrandt. With a total of 16 of his paintings, this is one of the largest Rembrandt collections in the world.
C/O Berlin is every photographer’s dream - an institution dedicated to the visual pioneers who have helped document the twists and turns of the last century. Exhibitions are by a beautiful balance of both famous and emerging artists, previous exhibitions featuring photography heavyweights such as Annie Leibovitz, Martin Parr and Nan Goldin. Shows feature a mix of not only digital but also film photography, and cover a myriad of topics, from Berlin’s history to the evolution of photography on vinyl covers. Located at Amerika Haus in the suave Charlottenburg, an afternoon at C/O Berlin is not to be missed.