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The culturally rich city of Berlin is crawling with art museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. Notable private collections of international contemporary art include the Boros Collection, consisting of works by artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, and Sarah Lucas, housed in a former bunker and the Julia Stoschek Collection, which focuses on time-based works by artists such as Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Barbara Hammer, and Arthur Jafa.

One of the better-known museums for contemporary art is the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, founded in the 1990s by a group that included Klaus Biesenbach, currently the Director of MOCA Los Angeles. Without a permanent collection, the KW Institute showcases eclectic exhibitions and programs that respond to social and political issues. In 1998, it partnered with the inaugural Berlin Biennale and continues to be a key venue for the Biennale. Like the KW Institute, the Biennale is known for its alternative, critical, and radical (often anti-institutional) ethos.

For a more traditional museum experience featuring antiquities classics, visit the Pergamonmuseum, which was built between 1910 and 1930. The museum is divided into three collections: the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East), and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). Works in the Museum of Islamic Art date from the 7th to the 19th century.

The Alte Nationalgalerie, which offers Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modernist works, is part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It is located on a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), which is home to other museums including the Pergamonmuseum and the Bode-Museum, the latter of which hosts a fantastic collection of ancient sculptures and Byzantine Art.

Outside of alternative spaces, private collections, and Museum Island, it is imperative to go gallery-hopping in one of the most exciting cities for dealer galleries. Favourites and international stars include Sprüth Magers, Peres Projects, and Tanya Leighton. A city known for its artist population and non-normative art venues, Berlin is constantly in flux.

Image: Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, eastside. Photo: Bertold Werner (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Featured Current Exhibitions In Berlin

Current Exhibition | Berlin
17 September–30 October 2021
Andro Wekua

It Seems Like That

Sprüth Magers View Exhibition
Andro Wekua, june berlin (2021). Oil, pencil and chalk on canvas. 80 × 60 cm. © Andro Wekua. Courtesy the artist, Sprüth Magers and Gladstone Gallery. Photo: Timo Ohler.
It Seems Like That
Current Exhibition | Berlin
17 September–30 October 2021
Cemile Sahin

It Would Have Taught Me Wisdom

Esther Schipper View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Cemile Sahin, It Would Have Taught Me Wisdom, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin (17 September–30 October 2021). Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.
It Would Have Taught Me Wisdom
Current Exhibition | Berlin
17 September–30 October 2021
Louise Lawler

LIGHTS OFF, AFTER HOURS, IN THE DARK

Sprüth Magers View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Louise Lawler, LIGHTS OFF, AFTER HOURS, IN THE DARK, Sprüth Magers, Berlin (September 17–30 October 2021). Courtesy Sprüth Magers. Photo: Ingo Kniest. 
LIGHTS OFF, AFTER HOURS, IN THE DARK
Current Exhibition | Berlin
17 September–30 October 2021
Henni Alftan

Night-time

Sprüth Magers View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Henni Alftan, Night-time, Sprüth Magers, Berlin (17 September–30 October 2021). Courtesy Sprüth Magers and Karma, New York. Photo: Ingo Kniest.
Night-time
Current Exhibition | Berlin
17 September–30 October 2021
Ciprian Mureşan

Solo Exhibition

Galeria Plan B View Exhibition
Ciprian Muresan, Project for Monument The Spectre, version 2 (2021). Acrylic resin. 68 x 21 x 18 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galeria Plan B, Berlin.
Solo Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Berlin
15 September–23 October 2021
Group Exhibition

JOE BRADLEY - TOBIAS PILS

Capitain Petzel View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Joe Bradley & Tobias Pils, Capitain Petzel, Berlin (15 September–23 October 2021). Courtesy Capitain Petzel. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski.
JOE BRADLEY - TOBIAS PILS

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SETAREH contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany SETAREH Berlin, Düsseldorf
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