See masterpieces of art on a 3-hour tour of Berlin’s Gemäldgalerie (Painting Gallery) in the Kulturforum Complex. Discover works by Botticelli, Coreggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, and get informed descriptions from an art historian guide.
What to Expect
Discover masterpieces of art from the Prussian collections on a half-day tour of the Gemäldgalerie, part of the Kulturforum, built as a 2nd museum hub in the 1950s. Built at the edge of West Berlin, close to Potsdamer Platz (at the time, at the border of the Soviet, British and American controlled sectors), the Kulturforum was the Modernist answer to Museum Island.
An historian guide will walk you past stunning buildings, such as the Neue Nationalgalerie by Mies van der Rohe, and the organic State Library and Philharmonie by Hans Scharoun. Then, explore the paintings of the Gemäldegalerie. Completed in 1998, the Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) was specially designed to bring together European masterpieces that had been scattered around the city during the Cold War. Discover art work by Van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
See Rembrandt’s “Cornelis Claesz Anslo,” and paintings by the Dutch master, Frans Hals. Marvel at his almost impressionistic “Malle Babbe,” and see the portrait of a 1-year-old Catharina Hooft with Her Nurse, a version of Sandro Botticelli’s “Venus Rising.”
Hear explanations of modern art practices, compositional structure, and the ever-changing role of art in society. Look closely at the Gemäldegalerie’s medieval art to establish a context for later expressions in art. Investigate the contemporary qualities of the Dutch Golden Age, paying special attention to the octagonal Rembrandt room at the heart of the museum.
See magical genre scenes by Jan Vermeer, and explore his revolutionary use of optical devices, such as camera obscura.
- Guided tour of Berlin’s Gemäldgalerie (Painting Gallery)
- Historian guide
Know Before You Go
• Admission to the Gemäldgalerie (Painting Gallery) is EUR 10 (EUR 5 for students and seniors)
• The local supplier will send a separate e-mail invoice for your group tickets so that they can be pre-paid, sparing you from the long entrance lines. Please advise if you have a Berlin Pass that already covers admission to the Gemäldegalerie