Berlin's Museum of Modern Art, Photography, and Architecture, as one of the youngest museums in Berlin, has a passion for experimenting. Founded in 1975 as a private institution and for years housed in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the Berlinische Galerie moved to its new home in Alte Jakobstraße in October, 2004. Combining elements of the national gallery, with its international focus, and the city museum, with its emphasis on cultural history, the Berlinische Galerie collects, researches, and exhibits works from 1870 until the present. Themes include the secessionists and the Jungen Wilden group, Fluxus and Dada, New Objectivity and expressionism, the Russians in Berlin, the avant-garde in architecture and photography, Berlin during the Nazi regime, the city in ruins, East- and West-Berlin, the formation of the metropolis. Creative contemporary scenes are also included. Along with the permanent collection, the spacious industrial hall has plenty to offer: temporary exhibitions, movies, music, lectures, archives, a library, a study center with a hall providing presentation facilities for works on paper. The museum also has a café and museum shop, and last but not least, the “Atelier Bunter Jakob,” an art school offering fun and creative activities for children, families, and adults.
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