A first glimpse of the recently reopened Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin
Bthat of erlin Neue Nationalgalerie, an iconic modern art museum designed by Bauhaus pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, reopened to the public on Sunday after a six-year renovation of the glazed building.
German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said in a celebratory ceremony on Saturday that the occasion marked “the museum’s brilliant return as a place of pilgrimage for modern art lovers and as a stage for contemporary artists “.
British architect David Chipperfield oversaw the complete renovation of the steel and glass structure, a project that cost $ 164 million.
Mies van der Rohe was the last of three directors of the Bauhaus art and design school, which began working in 1919 and was forced to close shortly after the Nazis came to power in 1933. He then emigrated to the United States.
The Neue Nationalgalerie was Mies van der Rohe’s only building after WWII in Germany. It was built at the time in West Berlin, not far from the Berlin Wall which divided the city during much of the Cold War. The museum opened in 1968, the year before the architect’s death.
The mayor of Berlin, Michael Mueller, said that shortly after the construction of the wall, the building, with its transparent facade, was synonymous with “progress, avant-garde and modernity, openness and internationality, “the dpa news agency reported.
The museum reopens its doors with three exhibitions: a selection of key works from its collection, an exhibition of works by sculptor Alexander Calder and another dedicated to film and media artist Rosa Barbra.