Mies van der Rohe was engaged in 1962 to design a museum for 20th century art. The Neue Nationalgalerie opened in 1968 and has since become an exemplar of modernist minimalism. The massive steel framed roof seems to hover over the glazed external walls with minimal support, and with crisp details and clean proportions, it has been an inspiration for countless architects since it was completed.
With almost 5,000 square metres of space and nearly 800 metres of wall space, the gallery is home to works by Picasso, Gris, Leger, Dali, Miro, Ernst, Klee and Kandinsky amongst any others.
In 2015 the building was closed to begin a four year restoration and modernisation process to be undertaken by David Chipperfield Architects.
Place: Neue Nationalgalerie
Photographer: Stephen Varady
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