The building has been completely renovated for years, repaired for 140 million euros. If you don’t see them, they would’ve done everything right, star architect David Chipperfield believes.
Berlin (dpa) – After years of renovation behind closed doors, the New National Gallery in Berlin is once again part of the museum landscape. The iconic building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was reopened on Saturday with a ceremony.
The architect created the astonishing glass and steel structure in the late 1960s as a museum of 20th century art.
Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters (CDU) spoke of a “glamorous return as a place of pilgrimage for modern art lovers and as a stage for contemporary artists”.
The team of British star architect David Chipperfield completely renovated the museum from 2016 and repaired it for 140 million euros. “Our job was to reinvigorate the spirit of the building,” said Chipperfield. Renovation work remains invisible “as long as we are not mistaken”. Joachim Jäger, director of the Neue Nationalgalerie, believes that “the visionary building will remain intact even after the renovation”.
The New National Gallery opens its doors to the public this Sunday with three exhibitions. With “The Art of Society 1900-1945”, a permanent exhibition of key works from the Nationalgalerie’s collection of approximately 1,800 works will attract visitors until July 2023.
In the main hall is the exhibition “Alexander Calder. Minimal / maximal »The works of the American sculptor are on view until February 13. Calder (1898-1976) is also linked to the building through his 1965 work “Têtes et Queue”, erected for the opening of the Mies building and which can be found on the museum terrace. With “Rosa Barba. In a Perpetual Now ”is the third exhibition dedicated to the Berlin artist.