The Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) in Berlin opens its doors to art lovers with three exclusive exhibitions after a long closure and years of renovation.
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) created the remarkable glass and steel building in the late 1960s as a museum of 20th century art. “The long shutdown was a turning point and the possibility of a fresh start,” gallery director Joachim Jaeger said on Wednesday.
The reopening on Sunday is expected to feature âThe Art of Society 1900-45,â a permanent exhibition scheduled until July 2023, showcasing key works from the National Gallery‘s collection of approximately 1,800 works. A presentation on the museum’s renovation by star architect David Chipperfield is integrated into the show.
In the spectacular main hall, the exhibition âAlexander Calder. Minimal / Maximal âpresents works by the American sculptor, which will remain on display until February 13. Calder (1898-1976) is also associated with the building through his 1965 work âTetes et Queueâ, erected for the inauguration of the Mies building and which can be found again on the museum terrace.
“Rosa Barba. In a Perpetual Now”, the gallery’s third exhibition, is dedicated to the Berlin artist. In the graphics cabinet of the new national gallery, she presents central films of her work from the period between 2009 and today until January 16. In homage to the architect of the original building, the steel construction for the works is based on the main hall and at the same time on the ground plan of the “brick country house” by Mies van der Rohe.