Berlin: Berlinische Galerie
Address: Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Kreuzberg,10969
Nearest Station/s: S-Ostkreuz
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday 10am – 6pm
Cost: €8/€5/€4/Free – adult/concession/1st Monday of the month/under 18
Berlinische Galerie prides itself on exclusively exhibiting home-grown talent, housing Berlin-focused photography and fine and graphic art. Despite its innovative exterior – which consists of a giant yellow wordsearch on the pavement and a twisted sculpture – the exhibits inside the gallery fail to impress. The gallery’s bottom floor is reserved for temporary showcases, so check the website for current listings, whereas upstairs houses a maze of rooms displaying local art from 1880 to present. Its most worthwhile exhibit is its photography, which provides an intriguing insight into Berlin’s past. Most noteworthy is the author photography of the 70’s and 80’s, particularly that of Berliners in their homes, schools and workplaces. The 20,000 graphic and fine art pieces primarily encompass Expressionism, the Dada movement, Eastern European avant-garde and New Objectivity. Most of these tend to be overwhelmingly morbid, obviously stemming from the political unrest that has plagued Berlin over the last century. Furthermore, the meticulous and repetitive way in which these works have been arranged leaves even the most avid art aficionados yawning. Unfortunately though, the backless benches aren’t even comfy enough to take a cheeky nap on. If for some reason you want to take photos of the exhibits, you will need to pay €2, but just turn your flash off and play dumb tourist if you’re caught – the staff tend to be quite sympathetic.