Berlin's New National Gallery opens after revamp

Photo: New National Gallery

After years of renovation, Berlin's iconic New National Gallery opened its doors to visitors again for the first time on Sunday. The building, a world-famous modernist creation by German architect by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), was re-opened on Saturday in an official ceremony.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, entry was only possible for a limited number of people using booked time slots, dpa reported. According to the National Museums of Berlin, the approximately 1,500 tickets for Sunday have been booked out for some time, and only a few remain for the first week, despite extended opening times.

British architect David Chipperfield and his team have been working on the top-to-bottom renovation since 2016 and at a cost of 140 million euros. The space will host three exhibitions in its first season: "The Art of Society 1900-1945" will be the gallery's permanent collection, curated from a total of some 1,800 works owned by the gallery.

The gallery's light-filled main hall will display works by US sculptor Alexander Calder until 13 February. The third exhibition, "In a Perpetual Now," is dedicated to the Berlin-based film and installation artist Rosa Barba.

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