Kulturforum Berlin

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Gemäldegalerie © Membeth

Gemäldegalerie © Membeth

The Kulturforum is a collection of cultural buildings in Berlin. It was built up in the 1950s and 1960s at the edge of West Berlin, after most of the once unified city’s cultural assets had been lost behind the Berlin Wall. The Kulturforum is characterized by its innovative modernist architecture; several buildings are distinguished by the organic designs of Hans Scharoun, and the Neue Nationalgalerie was designed by Mies van der Rohe. Today, the Kulturforum lies immediately to the west of the redeveloped commercial node of Potsdamer Platz.

After World War II, the public art collections were divided by the Berlin Wall, with particularly the Old Master paintings split between the Bode Museum in what became the east, and a temporary exhibition space in Dahlem, a western suburban district of Berlin. Public opinion at the time of reunification strongly favored a return of the Old Masters to their historical home at the Bode Museum. Yet Wolf-Dieter Dube, the then director-general of the Berlin State Museums, pushed through his plans to move the collection to the Kulturforum, a modernist complex as answer to Museum Island. The Neue Nationalgalerie became the centerpiece of the new complex, completed in 1998 when the long-planned $140 million Gemäldegalerie was opened nearby to house paintings of the 13th to 18th centuries.

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung © Coenen/cc-by-sa-3.0 Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin © Da flow/cc-by-sa-3.0 St. Matthäuskirche © panoramio.com - Immanuel Giel/cc-by-3.0 Relief Potsdamer Straße und Kulturforum © OTFW/cc-by-sa-3.0 Philharmonie und Kammermusiksaal © Raimond Spekking/cc-by-sa-3.0 Neue Nationalgalerie © Manfred Brückels/cc-by-sa-3.0 Musikinstrumentenmuseum © Andreas Praefcke/cc-by-3.0 Kupferstichkabinett © Manfred Brückels/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kunstgewerbemuseum © Marsupium Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut © panoramio.com - Immanuel Giel/cc-by-3.0 Gemäldegalerie © Membeth
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Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut © panoramio.com - Immanuel Giel/cc-by-3.0
Among the cultural institutions housed in and around the Kulturforum are:

Read more on Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Kulturforum, VisitBerlin.de – Kulturforum and Wikipedia Kulturforum (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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