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  • Design competition "The Museum of the 20th century", 1st prize

    Found: A solution for the last undeveloped site at the Kulturforum © Herzog & de Meuron

  • The National Gallery will exhibit its own collection as well as collections from nearby museums

    The National Gallery will exhibit its own collection as well as collections from nearby museums © SPK / P. Adenis

  • Preparations for the exhibitions in the new museumbuilding have already started © SPK / photothek.de / Thomas Trutschel

    Preparations for the exhibitions in the new museumbuilding have already started © SPK / photothek.de / Thomas Trutschel

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    Follow the construction process live with the webcam

Herzog & de Meuron Design the Museum of the 20th Century

Berlin’s most interesting construction site is located at the Kulturforum between the Neue Nationalgalerie and the Berlin Philharmonie. In the next few years the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts (Museum of the 20th century) will be built here. After a two-part process to arrive at the winning design the jury awarded in late October 2016 the first prize to the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

In the new museum building as well as in the Neue Nationalgalerie the Nationalgalerie’s collections of 20th century art will be exhibited. Together with the Nationalgalerie’s collection the collection of Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch will be shown in the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts. The collection of Erich Marx, the Kupferstichkabinett and the Kunstbibliothek will display their collections on special exhibition areas in the new museum building.

Since February 2018 the architects together with the Nationalgalerie, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz develop the design of the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts. The Bundesbau Baden-Württemberg manages as Building Administration the planning process.

The first phase of the design work was completed in summer 2018. The designs and two large models are presented in the Kulturforum-building since November 27, 2018.

How to plan a museum?

A competition design is not a blueprint. Before a building can be built, the architects and the planning team design it in minute detail during the planning stage ...

Exhibition Ideas 

The planning team directed by the architects is currently developing the building together with staff from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. At the same time, curators are creating ...

Art on the Construction Fence

The construction fence in front of the new museum building of the Nationalgalerie will showcase rotating artistic-graphic designs in the future. The works will always be ...