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The Neue Nationalgalerie or New National Gallery, was created from a design by Mies van der Rohe. The Neue Nationalgalerie opened in 1968, and due to its steel and glass construction, is known as the “Temple of Light”. The gallery houses a collection of art from the 20th century.

A number of large sculptures are displayed on the terrace, including the Broken Obelisk by Barnett Newman. Other work from artists such as George Rickey and Henry Moore are also on display. More work is displayed in the adjacent garden.  

The Neue Nationalgalerie sits upon a concrete plinth so it appears at first that it is a single story building, but once insite, stairs take you to a lower floor where the main exhibition is housed. The upper light-filled level is often utilized for visiting exhibitions and displays.

This striking building has about 5,000 square meters of floor space, and approximately 800 meters of wall space. On the lower level, which is accessed via stairs, is located a permanent collection of modern art from the 1960’s, plus a café and souvenir shop. Please note that during special exhibitions, the permanent collection is not always available for public viewing.

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Amoungst the 20th century works on display are those from such masters as, Picasso, Dali, and Miro. Also featured, and of local interest, is “Potsdamer Platz” painted in 1914 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Neue Nationalgalerie is well worth a visit for both its stunning works of art and to view the building itself, but please note, the building is to undergo a period of restoration, this is due to commence in 2015, and is scheduled to be completed by 2018. While the work is being carried out, the building will be closed to the public.

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