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Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie set to reopen after six-year renovation

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin has revealed a reopening date of summer of 2021, a welcomed comeback for a gallery which has been closed for six long years as renovation staff continue to update the iconic establishment.

The mark the historic reopening, gallery management staff has revealed that the critically acclaimed American sculptor Alexander Calder will hold a large exhibition in the upper level of the building which has been the subject of the vast renovation work.

The museum of modern art, which was famously designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and first opened in 1968, has been the subject of arguably one of the biggest modernisation projects in German history as the Berlin-based British architect David Chipperfield is at the helm of €100million refurbishment project.

“The refurbishment does not represent a new interpretation, but rather a respectful repair of this landmark of the International Style,” David Chipperfield Architects said in a statement issued to the Art Newspaper.

The gallery stated in a press release: “No major work has been done on the building since it opened in 1968 almost 50 years ago. The aim of the Neue Nationalgalerie refurbishment project is to repair all damaged features and correct serious safety deficits. Works include fire-prevention measures, renovation of the entire exterior, removal of the root cause of glass breakage, an overhaul of the concrete shell and the renewal of building technology. The building must also meet the requirements of a modern museum with regard to issues such as air conditioning, safety, lighting, storage functions and visitor services.”

While the gallery is expected to be a lavish improvement, the Art Newspaper claim features such as “new air-conditioning, additional security, new lighting, better disabled access and improved visitors’ facilities such as a cloakroom, café and museum shop” have all been installed.

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