Israel Gets Treasures From Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie

Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie has announced plans for two innovative exhibitions in 2015, which will take place while the museum’s space undergoes a lengthy three-year renovation, Art Magazin reports.

Between October 2015 and March 2016, paintings from the museum’s collection will travel to Jerusalem for an exhibition of modern art to celebrate the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations. The exhibition, entitled Modern Times, will include 50 seminal examples of modern German art spanning the significant era between 1900 and 1945.

The director of the Neue Nationalgalerie Udo Kittelmann said that the museum will continue to “work intensively with the collection,” despite the temporary closure of the space.

A portion of the Neue Nationalgalerie’s collection will move across town to the Alte Nationalgalerie for an exhibition dedicated to the comparison between impressionist and expressionist art.

Last October, the British architect David Chipperfield was recruited to spearhead the three-year renovation of the iconic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe structure which first opened in 1968 (see David Chipperfield Erects Forest in Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie).

Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie has one of the world’s finest collections of 20th century art, including key works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Otto Dix, and Oskar Kokoschka. However limited space has prevented the institution from exhibiting more than a third of its collection. In November the German government approved a €200 million budget for the construction of a new museum for modern art in Berlin. (see €200 million Appropriation Clears Way for Berlin MoMA)

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