Art Tripping: Berlin

Berlin is a modern city with ancient wonders. They have so many museums in Berlin that there is a dedicated area of the city called “Museum Island” or, in German , “Museuminsel.”

Museuminsel is home to around thirty different museums with collections that hold some of the world’s most famous works of art. The Pergamon Museum houses the Pergamon Altar, the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, and the Stele of Hammurabi. The Egyptian Museum houses the original bust of Nefertiti, upon which all other statues of Nefertiti were based. And the list goes on. You could easily spend a week at Museuminsel, but I recommend at least two days for some of the more famous works.

Gemaldegalerie is located near one of the many beautiful concert halls of Berlin. This museum boasts an awe-inspiring collection of the Old Masters, including but not limited to:  Rubens, Rembrandt, Tintoretto, Durer, Poussin, Watteau, Gainsborough, and Memling…to name a few. Their collection of  Gothic German art is also quite extensive and gives a good overall impression of the early German masters.

Architecturally speaking, the Libeskind Jewish History Museum is a work of art. The space is riddled with metaphorical meaning. Voids of spaces are left open for the viewer to feel the presence of German Jews who are no longer living. The museum is contains art made by Jews, inspired by Jews, and inspired by Jewish history.  Not only does the Libeskind provide little-known information about Jewish History, but it also preserves the emotions felt by the Jews during WWII. Walk on the Fallen Leaves, take both the tunnels to the Holocaust Tower and the Garden of Exiles, and experience the unique visit to the Libeskind Museum, a museum of emotion.

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