Getting arty in Berlin
Pre-book a visit to two rather special galleries in the Mitte district. Since 1997, guided tours through a converted sewing factory housing the Zammlung Hoffman Collection, on Sophienstrasse, have taken place every Saturday from 11am-4pm and admission is 10 euros (about £7.80). See works by the Gruppe Zero, Bruce Nauman, Basquiat, Nan Goldin and Andy Warhol.
Also book in advance, online only, for a visit to the Boros Bunker. This excellent collection of contemporary art is situated in a converted bunker in Mitte; and the story of the space is at least as interesting as the work. Initially built as a shelter for civilians in World War II, the Boros Bunker has since been used as a prison, fetish club and nightclub, and now houses work by artists including Olafur Eliasson.
Admission to the Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue National Galerie, on Potsdamer Strasse, is 10 euros. The permanent collection includes works by Paul Klee, Francis Bacon and Picasso. Also nearby is the ornate Martin-Gropius-Bau building, a former museum across on Niederkirchner Strasse, now an exhibition hall.
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