Monday, 16 February 2015

Postcard from Berlin, 5. (Museum Berggruen)

The view east from the Fernsehturm
Day 5 in Berlin began with a trip to the top of the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) in Alexanderplatz to see the 360° panorama of the city.
Back on the ground, I made my way across the city to Charlottenburg to visit the Museum Berggruen.
Situated opposite Charlottenburg Palace the museum is housed in the Western of a pair of handsome matching 'Stülerbau' - pavilions built by Friedrich August Stüler in 1859 for the palace guards.
Charlottenburg Palace
Museum Berggruen
Mueseum Berggruen, interior - looking up into the monopteron (rotunda)
The collection itself, amassed by dealer and collector Heinz Berggruen (1914-2007), is principally of work by Picasso - with a little Matisse, Braque and Giacometti thrown in: it is wonderful. (The collection also includes Klee, but none was on display at the time of my visit.)
Pablo Picasso, Female Nude (study for Les Demoiselles d'Avignon), 1907
Pablo Picasso, Houses on a Hill (Horta de Ebro), 1909
Pablo Picasso, Bottle, Absinthe Glass, Fan, Pipe, Fiddle and Clarinet on a Piano, 1911-12

Pablo Picaso, Still Life in front of a Window, St Raphael, 1919
Pablo Picasso, Seated Nude Drying her Foot, 1921
Pablo Picasso, Reclining Nude, 1938
Pablo Picasso, The Yellow Pullover, 1939
Pablo Picasso, Large Reclining Nude, 1942
Pablo Picasso, Reading, 1953
Detail of standing figure by Alberto Giacometti
Henri Matisse, Vegetable Elements, 1947
Click on images to enlarge,
See also Postcards 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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