David Chipperfield to Renovate Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie

Neue Nationalgalerie
A view of Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie from the eastern side. Completed in 1968, the building has had no thorough restoration since it was inaugurated. Photographer: Gerhard Murza/Bpk via Bloomberg

The British architect David Chipperfield will oversee a major renovation of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, a concrete, steel and glass landmark at Potsdamer Platz completed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1968.

Chipperfield has worked extensively in Berlin, finishing work on the war-ravaged Neues Museum on the Museum Island complex in 2009.

Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, said in a statement today that the Neue Nationalgalerie would be “in safe hands’’ with Chipperfield.

The renovation will start in 2015 and last three years, during which time the museum will be closed, the foundation said in the statement. The building, Mies van der Rohe’s only work in Germany after World War II, has had no thorough modernization since its inauguration 40 years ago.

The glass facade, stone terrace and concrete and steel structure need to be restored, the foundation said. The museum requires new security and fire technology and the shop and cafe will be renovated.

(Catherine Hickley writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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