Kulturforum, Berlin

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    The Kulturforum
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    The Kulturforum
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    Kulturforum and the New National Gallery

    by nicolaitan Written Feb 18, 2008

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    West Berlin's answer to Museum Island is the Kulturforum, a collection of cultural and art institutions on a barren flat area west of Potsdamer Platz. Widely separated by grassy plots, these buildings were the antithesis of the crowded gloomy neighborhoods of most eastern European cities. Architect Hans Scharoun was selected to design the area and further designed the strange looking Philharmonic Hall which we saw only from the outside. In total, a dozen buildings occupy the Kulturforum including musical history and musical instruments museums, a graphic arts museum, and museums for both crafts and science. Fulfillment of the original plan took 35 years from the construction of the Philharmonic Hall (1963) to completion of the Gemaldegalerie (1998).

    The New National Gallery opened in 1968 designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in contemporary style - the internet suggests that it is known locally as the "temple of glass and light". It is basically a metal roof overhanging and resting on eight steel pillars with glass everywhere else in the wall. Like much of his work, the design is irrespective of the function of the building. The museum hosts a collection of modern and contemporary art - think Ernst, Picasso, Munch, Magritte, et al.

    IMPORTANT WARNING - I would like to say we really enjoyed this museum and its contemporary collection, particularly important to my beloved Proserpina. I will say that, without any warning or publication, the museum was absolutely closed to tourists on a lovely Sunday afternoon for a " private exhibit and showing ", leaving a large number of very unhappy visitors on the outside. Conversations with others led to the conclusion that UNANNOUNCED CLOSURES INCLUDING DURING PEAK TOURIST VISITATION TIMES ARE MORE THE RULE THAN THE EXCEPTION. Don't waste your time without knowing whether the museum is open to commoners - it is a long hike from the subway and a longer hike back.

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    The Kulturforum

    by alancollins Written Sep 3, 2009

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    The Kulturforum came about after World War 2 when the art collections were split up between East and West Berlin. East Berlin already had the buildings on Museum Island for its cultural centre so it was decided to create a collection of buildings in West Berlin and the Philharmonic Hall was the first building in 1963. Since then 9 more buildings have been added in close proximity, the last was the Gemälderie in 1998 with its collection of European paintings.

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits
    • Music

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    Kulturforum

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    KULTURFORUM

    Kulturforum (Cultural Forum) I was lucky to see and partly visit was unique collection of museums, galleries, libraries and the Philharmonic Hall. This modern complex is considered one of Germany's cultural jewels. Many great cultural and artistic events took place there.


    The modern building on my picture housed:

    1. the Gemäldegalerie - gallery of paintings from the 13th to 18th century including pictures by Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrandt (great collection of 16 works).
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm,
    Thur: 10.00 am - 10.00 pm

    2. the Kupferstichkabinett - Museum of Prints and Drawings, one of the world's finest collections of graphic art including works by great artists like Dürer and Picasso.
    Hours:
    Tues to Fri: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
    Sat and Sun: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm;

    3. the Kunstbibliothek - Art Library, selections of works from the library's many collections was presented in special exhibition.
    Hours (exhibition):
    Tues to Fri: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
    Sat and Sun: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm

    3. the Kunstgewerbemuseum - Museum of Decorative Arts, one of the world's major collections of European applied art.
    Hours:
    Tues to Fri: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
    Sat and Sun: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm.

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    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

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    Kulturforum

    by Frisbeeace Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Kulturforum Berlin

    This complex with museums and Berlin's concert hall is just west of Potsdamer Platz. The most important museum you shouldn't miss is the Gemaldegalerie which hosts Germany's top collection of European paintings including Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Raphael and Caravaggio.

    6 euros. Tue-Sun 10-18 hs.
    FREE Thursdays 18-22 hs
    Closed on Mondays

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    • Arts and Culture

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