Friday, 30 December 2011

Berlin: Two of the best

Two of the best museums we visited in Berlin were almost next to each other across from the Charlottenberg Schloss: the Brohan Museum  of art and design and the Berggruen Museum with its collection of modern art.  The Brohan was for me one of the most memorable museums I've visited.  It organized its collection based on the art, design and furniture of periods in the late 19th and 20th century - most outstanding and my obvious favourite being its Art Deco collection.  

The Berggruen Collection is located in a lovely building with one of the most exquisite staircases I'd come across.  Its most notable artists included Picasso (over 100), Matisse, Giacometti, Braque and Klee.  The wonderful thing about these two museums is their very manageable size - on three floors in small buildings which made the distracted tourist focus on the finite quantity of art in smallish rooms.  One doesn't have to panic and worry about not having enough time or energy to see everything!

Fascinating mirror !

Here's a rare cat!  KPM porcelain, Copenhagen

The exquisite staircase in the Berggruen with the Picasso at the entrance lobby

My favourite in the Berggruen: Nekropolis - Paul Klee, 1929


  1. Beautiful! I hadn't heard of the Brohan before. I'll add it to my list of must-visit places.

  2. Yes, it should definitely be on your must-visit list. There are so many museums in Berlin, it's easy to miss the smaller ones - but these are real gems.