The three-story building that houses the Dahlem Museums in Berlin was built by Bruno Paul between 1914 and 1923. Originally erected to accommodate the Asiatic Museum, it was subsequently enlarged on several occasions and now houses the Picture Gallery, the Print and Engraving Cabinet (collection of drawings and graphic prints), the Museums of Indian, Islamic and East Asian Art, the Museum of Ethnography and the Sculpture Gallery.When the new museum building for the European art belonging to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Kemperplatz on the west side of the Culture Forum is completed, the Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery and Print and Engraving Cabinet will be moved there.
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Address: Arnimallee 23/27, D-14195 Berlin, Germany
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Sun: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Closed: Mon
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
The Museum of Ethnography is one of the three museums that comprise the 'Dahlem Museums'. Possessing some 400,000 artifacts of ethnographica, the museum is an interesting attraction.
Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art, housed on the upper floor of the Dahlem Museums complex in Berlin, was founded in 1904 by Wilhelm von Bode and soon became the leading museum of its kind outside the Muslim world. The nucleus of the collection, which was split up during the Second World War, is now to be found in the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island.The Dahlem Museum contains sculpture and applied art from the beginning of the Islamic period (eighth C.), to the 18th C., covering not only the Muslim countries of the East but also India and Spain. The exhibits include metalwork, pottery, glass, knotted carpets, miniatures, fabrics, small items of furniture and books. These include a Holbein and Lotto carpet, 16th C., an embellished copy of the Koran and prayer niches, 16th C., Iranian stoneware, 14th C. and a Persian ceiling-painting, 1846.
Print and Engraving Cabinet
The important collection of the Print and Engraving Cabinet of the Dahlem Museums complex in Berlin includes wood-cuts, etchings, engravings and lithographs of all European schools of the 15th-18th C., drawings (mainly 15th and 16th C. German masters), illustrated books and prints of the 15th-20th C. (including those by Dürer, Toulouse-Lautrec, Kirchner, Beckmann, Picasso, Giacometti and Kelly), incunabula, miniatures, individual pages and heraldic records. The principal items are Old German and Dutch drawings and prints (by Dürer, Grünewald, Holbein, Altdorfer, Brueghel, Rembrandt, Rubens and others).Items not on display can be seen in the study rooms. The Print and Engraving Cabinet also has an extensive photographic archive, including photos of items in other galleries and collections.
The collection of the Sculpture Gallery in Berlin's Dahlem Museums complex is displayed on the ground and upper floors and contains masterpieces of Western art from the Early Christian and Byzantine periods to the early 19th C. It includes icons, glass, textiles and goldsmith's work, bronzes, ivories and wood-carving of the third-seventh C., Italian and Spanish sculpture (Bernini, Donatello, von Leyden, Luca della Robbia, Rossellino, Sansovino, etc.) and works by Multscher, Riemenschneider, Münstermann, Bouchardon and other German and French sculptors.More sculptures are on display in the Bode Museum.
Museum of Indian Art
The Museum of Indian Art in Berlin's Dahlem Museums complex displays a unique range of material and should not be omitted in a visit to the Dahlem Museums. It is devoted to the art of India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Central Asia and includes, bronzes, woodcarving, painting, sculpture in stone, applied arts, frescoes and early Sanskrit manuscripts, a Turfan collection with wall-paintings, small sculptures and finds from Buddhist caves and open-air temples in Chinese Turkmenistan, dating from the fifth-10th C.
Museum of East Asian Art
Opened in 1970, the collection of the Museum of East Asian Art in Berlin's Dahlem Museums complex covers the art of China, Korea and Japan from 3000 BC to the present day, including bronzes, ceramics, painting, woodcuts, sculpture, lacquer work, jade, grave furnishings and small sculptures (including 63 Chinese bronze mirrors, sixth-ninth C.; the throne of a Chinese emperor, 17th C.). The emphasis is on Chinese and Japanese mother-of-pearl inlay, colored lacquer work and East Asian wood carving. The museum of East Asian Art in Dahlem is complemented by a similar one in the Pergamon Museum.
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