Think of sightseeing in Berlin and chances are you’ll imagine Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag building, Berlin Wall or Brandenburg Gate. And with over 170 museums and galleries from which to visit, the potential for a dose of heritage or culture is quite literally massive. Yet whilst the Alte Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Pergamon Museum and Deutsches Historisches Museum undoubtedly top the polls as the city’s most popular attractions from a museum perspective, there is one little gem you should take the time to include in on a city break to Berlin.
The Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) is home to a collection of some 550,000 print works and 110,000 drawings, watercolours, pastels and oil sketches spanning over 1,000 years of art. From hand-illustrated books and manuscripts (some dating back to the 14th century) by a wealth of great artists including Dürer, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Picasso, Warhol and Giacometti to name but an extensive few, this is the largest collection of graphic art in Germany and one of the four most important worldwide.
Given the size of its collection and the delicate nature of the exhibits, the museum presents its vast portfolio of works via a series of temporary exhibitions and launching tomorrow (Friday, 13th September), the Kupferstichkabinett unveils a fascinating retrospective dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso. Centred around three principle themes apparent through Picasso’s vast body of work – Women, Bulls and Old Masters – the museum presents an insightful look at seven decades of the artist’s extensive body of work.
Featuring some 120 prints and drawings selected from its own archives and further complemented by an additional 40 works on loan including paintings, posters and ceramics, the exhibition is divided into ten thematic sections starting with his early works and moving through his homages to women, his ever-present fascination with bullfighting as a metaphor for the battle of the sexes, his politically motivated works and his reinterpretation of literary works artistic masterpieces by the likes of Rembrandt and Goya.
The exhibition runs until Sunday, 12th January 2014 and tickets cost 8€ (7€ if bought online). Situated on Matthäikirchplatz, the museum is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday and from 11am to 6pm at weekends (closed Mondays).