Opened in 2017, Museum Barberini in Potsdam has become an instant success with spectacular temporary exhibitions on major topics, artists and periods of art. Centrepiece is Hasso Plattner's collection of French impressionist landscape paintings.
The three-floor building of Museum Barberini at Alter Markt in Potsdam contains several exhibition halls, a room for events and an entrance hall. The basement provides space for educational programmes, and the museum café invites visitors to rest - in good weather also outside on the picturesque market square.
Exhibitions at Museum Barberini
Museum Barberini opened in January 2017 with an exhibition displaying popular works of impressionism from the collection of Hasso Plattner, private collections and loans from international museums. This mix of works from different sources will apply to all current and future exhibitions at the museum - parts of Plattner's collection complemented by works from international cooperation partners.
Benefactor and patron Hasso Plattner
Hasso Plattner, born in 1944, achieved entrepreneurial and financial success with the software company SAP, which he co-founded. Withdrawing from everyday business activities in 2003, he set up a foundation that promotes various scientific, social and cultural projects. Museum Barberini, which is run by the foundation, displays works from Plattner's large private collection of art. These include impressionist paintings by Monet, Renoir and Sisley as well as GDR art and works created after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.
Museum Barberini building at Alter Markt
Built between 1771 and 1772, the Palais Barberini was heavily damaged during an air raid in April 1945 and as a consequence demolished in 1948. The free space at Alter Markt was afterwards used as a little park, a parking area and from 1994 to 2006 as the performance venue of the local Hans Otto Theater. From 2013 to 2016 the building was reconstructed as an art museum, designed with its historic façade and a modern interior.
© Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
22 October 2022 until 29 January 2023
The Barberini exhibition "Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernism" deals with the Surrealists' interest in magic, myth and esotericism.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
The exhibition at the Museum Barberini explores the creative interplay between Abstract Expressionism and Informal painting in transatlantic exchange and dialogue from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War.
Museum Barberini Information
- +49 331 236014 499
- Opening Hours
- Wednesday to Monday 10-19, Tuesday closed.
(Except Tuesday, 16 and 23 May 2017)
Every first Thursday of the month 10-21.
- Admission Fee
- 14 Euro, reduced 10 Euro
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Last edited: 19. May 2022