Berlin for Art Lovers

October 19, 2012 by

Free Things to Do, Sightseeing, Things To Do

The Eastside Gallery in Berlin. Photo courtesy of GonzaloMMD via Flickr.

The Eastside Gallery in Berlin. Photo courtesy of GonzaloMMD via Flickr.

Berlin is an art lover’s dream. You could devote a lifetime to exploring the offerings on hand in the city. The following should help get you started.

1) Hotel de Rome

If you’re planning on being in Berlin between now and November 20th, be sure to check out the promotional exhibition titled “Faces of the Renaissance – Masterpieces of Italian Portrait Art”. The exhibit includes more than 150 works from the Italian Renaissance on loan from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Berlin’s Gemaldegalerie and other major museums.

2) Museum Island

An island in the Spree River in the central Mitte district, Museumsinsel or Museum Island is home to the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum.

3) The Kunst-Werke Institute

The Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art is one of the most innovative institutions in Berlin for contemporary art. It is located in the Mitte District and works with other avant-garde galleries throughout the world, such as the MOMA in New York. It also plays host to various events during the Berlin Biennale every two years.

4) The Eastside Gallery

The longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall has been transformed into an open-air art gallery, exhibiting over 100 paintings by artists from all over the world. This collaborative attraction has been declared a national monument and is open to the public (meaning, admission is free!).

Take a bike tour of the Berlin Wall and other Cold War sights 

5) Sox

Possibly the world’s smallest gallery, this glass case set into a wall on a busy street in central Berlin features new work from various artists each week.

6) Street art

Street art is everywhere in Berlin, so just keep your eyes open and be sure to look up, down, and all around you when walking down the city streets. Some of the city’s most famous works of street art are located in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg neighbrohood, and many can be seen from the windows of the S-Bahn trains.

Make your own art on a photography tour of Berlin

- John Reality

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