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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).

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Infinite Games at Capitain Petzel, Berlin
21 November 2020–30 January 2021 Group Exhibition Infinite Games Capitain PetzelBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Jason Martin, Polychrome Futures at Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
20 November 2020–30 January 2021 Jason Martin Polychrome Futures Buchmann GalerieBuchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Cindy Sherman, Cindy Sherman at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
20 November 2020–13 February 2021 Cindy Sherman Sprüth MagersBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Hans Boer, Peter Tollens, Intermediate Hanging at Galerie Albrecht, Berlin
17–28 November 2020 Hans Boer, Peter Tollens Intermediate Hanging Galerie AlbrechtBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Alfredo Jaar, Lament Of The Images at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
14 November–23 December 2020 Alfredo Jaar Lament Of The Images Galerie Thomas SchulteBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Albrecht Schnider, Recent Paintings at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
14 November–23 December 2020 Albrecht Schnider Recent Paintings Galerie Thomas SchulteBerlin

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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
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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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