While in Berlin…

Mies van de Rohe’s minimalist masterpiece, the Neue Nationalgalerie, is located on Berlin’s famous museum island and part of the Kulturforum, a collection of buildings devoted to art and culture, all of which are within minutes of Potsdamer Platz.  What is most unusual about the Nationalgalerie is that the first floor, visible to the public outside, is consistently–and intentionally–empty.  The exhibition space, devoted to art in the 20th century, is actually located on the levels below, giving the museum an almost haunting look of being perpetually vacant from the street.

Berlin’s St Matthew Church as seen from the Neue Nationalgalerie near Potsdamer Platz. © David-Kevin Bryant

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