{Germany} Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin

February 11, 2015

Germany

It’s no secret that I have my favourite museums I like to revisit, both in Berlin and elsewhere, but this year I want to make a bigger effort to seek out some of the ones I’ve not been to before. And there is no shortage of those in Berlin. So, starting the year as I intend to go on, I recently visit the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), which belongs to the family of National Museums in Berlin. It’s been closed for renovation since we moved here, so I did have a good excuse for not being before.

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The Kunstgewerbemuseum is the oldest of its kind in Germany, and calls itself a “home for art, fashion and design”. As you enter the museum, straight ahead of you is the new Fashion gallery. The design of it is very interesting – it’s basically a long, winding black tunnel, with low light levels for textile conservation purposes. The lit display cases seem to pop out at you from their dark surroundings, making each exhibit a highlight.

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Over 100 costumes and accessories showcase 150 years of fashion history, making it the first permanent exhibition in Berlin to cover all aspects of fashion. Gowns and clothing are modelled by mannequins, whilst smaller accessories – from shoes and stockings to elaborate hats – are arranged in smaller display cases. I captured a few impressions of things that stood out for me, but it’s a space that really needs to be experienced for yourself.

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The rest of the museum also has a fantastic array of other highlights to discover – from the Bauhaus classics and the chair gallery in the basement level’s Design collection, to treasures from Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque time periods on the upper floors, and the room settings displaying the Jugendstil and Art Deco Collection. We mainly spent time in the Fashion gallery, where the low light levels seemed to have a calming effect on #MuseumBaby, but I definitely want to go back and look around the rest of the museum a bit more!

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The Kunstgewerbemuseum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, and you can buy either a single ticket, or a combination ticket including the others museums at the Kulturforum if you want to make a day of it. Full details of opening times and admission prices are available in English on the museum’s website.

 

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