Rebuilding of Berlin’s Cultural Center Reaches Another Milestone

Los Angeles / Berlin, August 21, 2018 — After the 2017 openings of the Pierre Boulez Saal concert hall, as well as the reopening of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin will be adding another four major cultural highlights to the already dense art and culture scene in the city’s historic Mitte district.


Deutsche Bank to open Palais Populaire, a space for arts, culture and sports Opens Sep 27, 2018


In the heart of Berlin, at Unter den Linden Boulevard 5, Deutsche Bank is creating a vibrant, inspiring, unique space for dialogue and encounters with art, culture, and sports. Located in the historic Prinzessinnenpalais, the PalaisPopulaire will offer a diverse program of presentations from the Deutsche Bank Collection, changing art exhibitions, as well as concerts, readings, and events focusing on sports topics. Central opening exhibition will be The World On Paper with around 300 highlights and new discoveries from the Deutsche Bank Collection, which today boasts one of the most important collections of contemporary art on paper and photography.

The original 18th century Rococo palais – built by the Hohenzollern royal family – was almost completely destroyed during the war, but rebuilt in 1962. Architects Kühn & Malvezzi designed the interior exhibition space to feature light and airy rooms, while still showing the steel construction from the 1960s.

Pergamon Museum. The Panorama Fall 2018 – 2024 While the Pergamon Altar, one of Berlin’s most famous and most popular museum exhibits, is closed to the public for restauration work, this fascinating 360-degree panorama by artist Yadegar Asisi will offer an emotional glance of what the ancient city of Pergamon would have looked like. Set in a specially designed temporary exhibition space of over 10,000 square feet, Asisi’s Panorama will create an immersive visual effect to be experienced in conjunction with 80 classical sculptures and nine multimedia visualizations of the Pergamon Altar. Information and images here.


Constructed specially to house the Altar, the Pergamon Museum is Berlin’s most popular museum, attracting over one million visitors a year. The restoration work for the entire project, which began in 2013, is presently scheduled for completion in 2025–2026. The rooms in the southern wing of the museum, with the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way, the Roman Market Gate of Miletus, and the Museum of Islamic Art, continue to remain open.


Humboldtforum / Berlin City Palace Scheduled to open in 2019 Under construction since 2013, a palace is being rebuilt in the heart of the city — not as a seat for kings and Kaisers, but as a museum for the whole world and all the diversity of its cultures.

In 2002, the German parliament decided to rebuild the Berliner Schloss – also known as the Stadtschloss (City Palace) – as a full-size replica of the former 16th century Hohenzollern palace situated at the same site. The original palace was damaged during WWII and later demolished by the GDR system to make room for the East German Parliament, which in turn was demolished after the city’s reunification. The new building will have three historical façades and an inner courtyard, and will house the Humboldtforum, a place dedicated to the world’s cultures in all their diversity. This will include the Ethnological and the Asian museums, a comprehensive Berlin Exhibition showing how Berlin interacts with the rest of the world, as well as changing exhibitions.

Architect Franco Stella was commissioned to rebuild the palace and reconstruct its Baroque façade.

Museum Island: Chipperfield-designed James-Simon-Galerie Summer 2019 Highlight in 2019 will be the planned opening of the James-Simon-Galerie on Museum Island. The David Chipperfield-designed entrance building to the five-museum Museum Island complex will serve as a central hub and provide direct access to the Ancient Architectures Tour, the Archaeological Promenade and offer visitors guidance, information, as well as hospitality.

In his design of the new building, Chipperfield draws on the historical theme of Stüler’s colonnades. The sixth building on the Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will harmoniously blend in with the historical ensemble and at the same time set a modern accent. The namesake of the new entrance building, James Simon, is one of the most important patrons in the history of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin).


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