Berlin (Euro Trip 4)

More galleries today – a trip to Charlottenburg to see the surrealist collection in the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection. Lots of works by Klee and Redon, with a side collection covering the Surrealists’ influences and including many sketches by Goya. A few works by Picasso and Dali to complete the collection, which is mostly sketches. Some interesting discussions of outsider art and a surprisingly explicit erotic collection.

Ate lunch at a Croatian restaurant – menu seemed like a combination of German-style food (schnitzel etc) and modified Turkish (grilled meats with rice). Quite enjoyable.

We had hoped to get into the Neue Nationalgalerie but the permanent collection was closed so we walked around the building and peered in at the sculpture gallery (worthwhile in itself, as the building was designed by Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe). Instead we headed to the Gemäldegalerie, which turned out to be an excellent move. This large gallery holds a major collection of German, Dutch and Italian painting from the 13th-18th centuries. We had three hours here, and it was barely enough to see the major highlights in depth – I skipped the medieval religious art and most of the French, and still had to run through the Italian section. Some fine works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Eyck, Rubens, Canaletto, Caravaggio and Titian made this a visit well spent.

Rhonda still suffering a bit with a cold so we had a quiet night.

About simonchamberlain

New Zealand librarian and music fan, living in London.
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