Tech Billionaire’s Palatial Art Museum Opens in Germany
Three years in the making, the ornate Museum Barberini finally opens
Once home to Prussian kings who prized beautiful Baroque architecture, the Berlin suburb of Potsdam boasts a new arts institution befitting its opulent past. In January the Museum Barberini opened on the site of the erstwhile Barberini Palace, an 18th-century gem destroyed during World War II. Architect Thomas Albrecht oversaw a three-year resurrection of the 80,000-square-foot structure.
“The city authorities wanted the palazzo to be rebuilt,” he says. “And the client wanted a state-of-the-art museum for changing exhibitions.” That client is software billionaire Hasso Plattner, whose eponymous foundation funded the project and has loaned works to the museum. On view until May 28 are a pair of impressive inaugural shows: “Impressionism: The Art of Landscape” and “Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky.”
This article originally appeared in our 2017 Spring Issue, under the headline Palace Coup. Subscribe to the magazine here.