18 July 2014

Berlin Boogie: Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg

When we went to the Museum Berggruen, we also crossed the road and visited the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection. It is just across the street, and since the ticket allowed access to both museums, we thought why would we skip it, when we could check it out in the same day? So we did.

This museum is also part of the National Gallery of Berlin, and concentrates on art that belongs from the French Romanticism up to the Surrealist period. That being said, the art that are featured are mostly not Dali (well, Salvador Dali is the name that comes to mind when Surrealism is mentioned).

As you can see, there are plenty of surrealist art in store here. There are plenty of art that I can easily imagine would displease local authorities if they were released a century earlier. But perhaps what I liked the most were the charcoal sketches, seen in the pictures below.

The pictures above are just details of these large panels, depicting dark and sometimes gruesome scenes of underworldly scenarios. There are plenty of things going on in each of these panels, and I found myself lost in the picture, scrutinizing every little corner of it. These panels were the ones that I really enjoyed the most.

So yes, if you are a fan of surrealist art, then this is a place to go. I love the fact that Berlin has plenty of resources for art enthusiasts, no matter what type of art you are into.

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