Does it mean I’m lazy or enterprising that I keep slapping photos onto the blog? Well, regardless, I’m doing it again. Today was a two-fer (three-fer? two-and-a-half-fer, let’s say). I already gave you a brief taste of the Museuminsel, where most of the city’s great museums are concentrated. But the West wouldn’t really let the East have all the good art, would it? So there’s another museum cluster, known as the Kulturforum, by Potsdamer Platz, west of the ol’ wall.
First on the agenda was the Neue Nationalgalerie, home to a pretty outstanding collection of modern paintings (and some sculpture). Among the highlights are some fantastically grotesque portraits by the German painter Otto Dix:
Some other highlights:
And the World War II stuff:
After the Neue Nationalgalerie, a brief stop at the absurd Sony Center, constructed at Potsdamer Platz — a former bustling commercial area that was leveled during the war — in 2000. Here’s what the ceiling looks like — nuff said:
And then a quick visit to the Topographie des Terrors, an open-air World War II museum/memorial running along a decaying section of the wall:
Finally, a stroll through the Gemäldegalerie, showcasing European paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries. Many of them are those Italian gold-plated Jesus paintings that — call me a philistine — are roughly interchangeable to me. But there’s also a good Dutch collection, and there’s strong stuff scattered throughout. Here are a couple good action scenes:
All in all, a fantastically pleasant day, in the pleasantest Berlin weather you could reasonably ask for (pushing into the low 60s, occasional sun).