Museum Island (Museumsinsel)
Based in Mitte, the centre of the city, the island has five of the best museums in Berlin: Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Arte Nationalgalerie, Bode-Museum and Pergamonmuseum.
With an incredible selection for those with a passion for classical art, all the collections are easy to access and the tour can cover highlights of each collection or special gems suggested by specialists. Apart for the legendary bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, the most famous and important cultural exhibits on show here include the breathtaking Pergamon Altar and the stunning Ishtar Gate. In 1999, the Museum Island complex was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Important: The Pergamonmuseum is under extensive renovation until 2019 with several of its rooms closed at the moment. Museums are closed on Mondays.
This tour focuses on two venues: Hamburger Bahnhof and the Boros Collection.
The museum, Hamburger Bahnhof, plays home to an extensive collection of post-war and contemporary art offering a comprehensive insight into post 60’s art. The building itself is a destination; constructed in 1846, it was originally the terminal station between Hamburg and Berlin followed by several changes until 1996 when it opened as a museum dedicated to contemporary art.
The second venue, the Boros Collection, is the private collection of Christian and Karen Boros. The collection presents works from 1990 onwards in a truly unique and unexpected venue: an overground World War II bunker. The exhibition space was converted by the couple in 2007 and is made up of 32,000-square-foot of art displays in addition to the couple’s penthouse (not available for visits). By mixing established artists with young and cutting edge young practitioners, the tour offers a thoughtful and truly immersive insight into the role that Berlin plays in the international art world.
Auguststraße is one of the most exciting and well-known centres of contemporary art in Berlin consisting of galleries, cafes, restaurants and exhibitions spaces. Just half a mile long, the narrow street and its offshoots have emerged as the essential district, serving as the centre of the Berlin Bienniale for Contemporary Art every two years.
The tour aims to unravel the history of this fascinating spot in the city. Our guide, Brunno Silva, has keen knowledge of local exhibitions worth seeing, and offers an insider view. The tour can also be punctuated with a restaurant break or opportunity for some shopping.
Berlin is a sprawling city, but in recent years, more and more galleries have decided to locate in Potsdamer Straße. The street has an infamous past, but now is known as a melting pot of contemporary art and fashion, offering visitors a truly Berlin experience in an otherwise overlooked area. The tour proposes a balance between experimental spaces and blue chip galleries with some local insights into the area’s history.
Meet the ArtMuse Berlin Team
Brunno is a curator, art consultant and writer based in Berlin. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, he has a long interest in contemporary art with a passion for time-based artworks. Brunno has been living in Berlin since 2013 and during this time he has gained an intimate relationship with Berlin’s art scene and its main artists and galleries. The city has a thriving art scene and plays home to a multitude of cutting edge artists. Brunno resided in London, where he studied art history and art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and further developed his knowledge of London’s art scene, and most importantly its links and networks with the German capital.
As a curator, Brunno has curated exhibitions in Berlin, Southern Italy and the UK. Working mostly with emerging artists and young, dynamic institutions, he believes that being an active part of the contemporary art world through curating is essential. This enables him to give a unique access to Berlin’s front runner galleries and projects spaces to interested parties through studio visits, galleries and museums exhibitions.