Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie

Address Bodestraße 1-3, Berlin
Website www.smb.museum

Current museum exhibitions

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Art of the 19th Century
History exhibitions, Permanent exhibition

Venue description

The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) houses paintings and sculptures of the 19th century. It was the first building on Museum Island to be reopened in December 2001. Together with the Altes Museum, the Bode Museum, the Neues Museum and the Pergamon Museum, it forms the ensemble of Berlin’s Museum Island, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 and is one of the shining highlights of Berlin’s museum landscape.

The Old National Gallery represents one of the five pillars of the National Gallery, along with the New National Gallery with the art of the 20th century, the Museum Berggruen with the works of classical modernism, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin with contemporary art and the Friedrichswerder Church, which houses the sculptures of the 19th century. It is considered an extensive collection of epochs for the art between the French Revolution and the First World War, between classicism and secessions. The great harmony between the collection and the building of the museum is unique: the building, designed under the direction of Heinrich Strack according to plans by August Stüler, was erected from 1867 to 1876 and today houses a collection of art from the same century. The tour of the house thus offers a deep insight into the art of the 19th century.

The house was hit by several bombs during the Second World War and was severely damaged. With the beginning of the war, the collection itself had been successively evacuated.
After the end of the war, the building was provisionally but quickly made usable again and partially reopened as early as 1949.

The architectural firm HG Merz was commissioned in 1992 to reconstruct and modernize the technical facilities of the Alte Nationalgalerie. Closed from 1998 – 2001, the National Gallery was ceremoniously reopened on December 2, 2001, 125 years after its inauguration.

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