New National Gallery in new splendour
Berlin's New National Gallery, first designed by star architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is ready to reopen this summer after years of renovations.
Berlin (dpa) - Berlin's New National Gallery, first designed by star architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is ready to reopen this summer after years of renovations.
At a symbolic ceremony held online Thursday, responsibility for the landmark was given back to Berlin's state museum foundation with the handover of the building's keys.
Berlin Culture Minister Monika Gruetters described the Neue Nationalgalerie building as "more impressive than ever," saying its corridors flooded by light had become a site of pilgrimage for modern art lovers.
Mies van der Rohe, a German architect who emigrated to the United States in 1938, built the giant, flat building of steel and glass in the late 1960s in West Berlin to exhibit 20th century art.
It has been shut since 2015 and renovated by renowned British architect David Chipperfield, in works that cost around 140 million euros (170 million dollars).
Chipperfield called the museum one of Mies van der Rohe's most important works, pointing to the exceptional harmony of structure and space.
The museum is set to officially reopen on August 21, with open days planned in May.
Directly next to the New National Gallery, Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron are currently building another museum for 20th century art, which will be connected to the gallery underground.
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