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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
26 February–17 April 2021
Isabella Ducrot

Studio Exhibition

Capitain Petzel View Exhibition
Isabella Ducrot, Eros III (2000) (detail). Colour and china ink on paper. 160 x 120 cm. Courtesy Capitain Petzel. 
Studio Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Berlin
25 February–10 April 2021
Analia Saban

Save As

Sprüth Magers View Exhibition
Courtesy Sprüth Magers.
Save As
Current Exhibition | Berlin
16 February–10 March 2021
Vincenzo Schillaci

Rising of the moon

Rolando Anselmi View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Vincenzo Schillaci, Rising of the Moon, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin (16 February–10 March 2021). Courtesy Rolando Anselmi. Photo: Riccardo Malberti.
Rising of the moon
Current Exhibition | Berlin
11 February–20 March 2021
Stef Heidhues

Backstage with the Modern Dancers

Galerie Eigen + Art View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Stef Heidhues, Backstage with the Modern Dancers, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin (11 February–20 March 2021). Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART. Photo: Uwe Walter, Berlin.
Backstage with the Modern Dancers
Current Exhibition | Berlin
7 February–10 April 2021
Ximena Garrido-Lecca

Showcase: Ximena Garrido-Lecca

Capitain Petzel View Exhibition

Exhibition view:  Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Showcase: Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Capitain Petzel, Berlin (7 February–10 April 2021). Courtesy Capitain Petzel. Photo: Gunter Lepkowski.

Showcase: Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Current Exhibition | Berlin
15 January–23 April 2021
Wietske Van Leeuwen

Collages and Assemblages

Brutto Gusto View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Wietske van Leeuwen, Collages and Assemblages, Brutto Gusto, Berlin (15 January–23 April 2021). Courtesy Brutto Gusto.
Collages and Assemblages

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Current Exhibitions In Berlin

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Contemporary art exhibition, Isabella Ducrot, Studio Exhibition at Capitain Petzel, Berlin
26 February–17 April 2021 Isabella Ducrot Studio Exhibition Capitain PetzelBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Analia Saban, Save As at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
25 February–10 April 2021 Analia Saban Save As Sprüth MagersBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Vincenzo Schillaci, Rising of the moon at Rolando Anselmi, Berlin
16 February–10 March 2021 Vincenzo Schillaci Rising of the moon Rolando AnselmiBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Stef Heidhues, Backstage with the Modern Dancers at Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
11 February–20 March 2021 Stef Heidhues Backstage with the Modern Dancers Galerie Eigen + ArtBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Showcase: Ximena Garrido-Lecca at Capitain Petzel, Berlin
7 February–10 April 2021 Ximena Garrido-Lecca Showcase: Ximena Garrido-Lecca Capitain PetzelBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Wietske Van Leeuwen, Collages and Assemblages at Brutto Gusto, Berlin
15 January–23 April 2021 Wietske Van Leeuwen Collages and Assemblages Brutto GustoBerlin

Ocula Member Galleries In Berlin

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Barbara Wien contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Barbara Wien Berlin
Brutto Gusto contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Brutto Gusto Berlin
Galerie Buchholz contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Buchholz Berlin, Cologne, New York
Galerie Eigen + Art contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Eigen + Art Berlin, Leipzig
Hua International contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Hua International Beijing, Berlin
KEWENIG contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany KEWENIG Berlin, Palma
Rolando Anselmi contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Rolando Anselmi Berlin, Rome
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles
Zilberman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Zilberman Gallery Istanbul, Berlin

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