Top special exhibitions in the Berlin State Museums in 2022 are as diverse as David Hockney, Paul Gauguin, Schadow, Dürer, and Donatello.
The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin include some of the finest art museums and antiquity displays in the world but temporary exhibitions allow many further items to be shown each year. In 2022, the Berlin State Museums will again host a variety of special exhibitions not only of its own collections but also in cooperation with various other major galleries in the world. Time-slot reservation tickets are currently essential to visit top museums in Berlin — buy tickets online in advance from Tiqets, Get Your Guide, or SMB. Special exhibitions are usually included in the regular admission ticket but may require a separate (free) time-slot reservations.
Top Temporary Exhibitions on Museum Island in Berlin in 2022
The museums of Berlin’s Museumsinsel have fantastic collections of art, antiquities, and artifacts with wonderful permanent displays often enhanced by temporary exhibitions. The major event in late summer 2022 is the full opening of the Ethnological and Asian Art museums but several special exhibitions will be staged in other Museums Island museums in 2022:
- Paul Gauguin – Why Are You Angry? — 25 March – 10 July 2022 in the Alte Nationalgalerie
- David Hockney. Four Seasons — 9 April – 24 July 2022 in the
Bode Museum— moved to Gemäldegalerie in Kulturforum
- Johann Gottfried Schadow. Moving Forms — 21 October 2022 – 19 February 2023 in the Alte Nationalgalerie
- Schliemann’s Worlds — 13 May – 6 November 2022 in the James-Simon-Galerie + Neues Museum
- Adventures on the Nile. Prussia and Egyptology 1842–45 — 2 September 2022 – 7 March 2023 in the Neues Museum
→ See Top Temporary Exhibitions on Museum Island in Berlin in 2022 for more details.
Top Temporary Exhibitions in the Kulturforum Berlin in 2022
The various museums and institutions of the Kulturforum in Berlin will host the following special exhibitions in 2022:
- Anna Dorothea Therbusch — A Berlin Woman Artist of the Age of Enlightenment — 3 December 2021 — 10 April 2022 in the Gemäldegalerie
- David Hockney. Four Seasons — 9 April – 24 July 2022 in the Gemäldegalerie (originally announced for the Bode Museum)
- Donatello. Founder of the Renaissance — 2 September 2022 – 8 January 2023 in the Gemäldegalerie
- Dürer for the Nation — 23 September 2022 – 8 January 2023 in the Kulturforum, Exhibition hall
- Hell’s Black and Starlight — Dante’s Divine Comedy in Modern and Contemporary Art — 12 February – 8 May 2022 in the Kupferstichkabinett
- Jeanne Lanvin — December 2022 – March 2023 in the Kunstgewerbemuseum
- Fragment. The Allure of the Incomplete — 29 September 2022 – 8 January 2023 in the Kunstbibliothek
- Studio Tolerance — 17 May – 17 July 2022 in the Kunstbibliothek
→ See Top Temporary Exhibitions in the Kulturforum Berlin in 2022 for more details.
Top Temporary Exhibitions in the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin in 2022
The Mies van der Rohe designed Neue Nationalgalerie reopened in summer 2022 and while the current exhibition The Art of Society, 1900 to 1945 will run until mid-2023, the smaller rooms and upper glass hall will already receive new temporary exhibitions during 2022:
- Gerhard Richter. Artist’s Books and Editions — 10 February – 29 May 2022
- Barbara Kruger — 22 April – 28 August 2022
- Monica Bonvicini. Elegance and Crime — 28 October 2022 – 2 April 2023
→ See Top Temporary Exhibitions in the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin in 2022 for more details.
Special Exhibitions in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2022
The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Berlin is home to the Nationalgalerie’s post-1960s art. The large permanent exhibition will be enhanced in 2022 by:
- Balancing Act. Works From the Marx Collection and the Nationalgalerie — Spring 2022 – Spring 2023
- Under Construction. New Acquisitions for the Nationalgalerie’s Collection — 2 June – 9 October 2022
- Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. Sandra Mujinga — October 2022 – Spring 2023
- Broken Music Reloaded — November 2022 – Summer 2023
→ See Special Contemporary Art Exhibitions in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2022 for more details.
Special Exhibitions in the Museum of Photography in Berlin in 2022
As usual, Helmut Newton is the star attraction in the Museum für Fotografie but special exhibitions also celebrate the interiors photography of Candida Höfer and special photos for children:
- Helmut Newton: Legacy — 31 October 2021 – 22 May 2022
- Helmut Newton: Hollywood — 3 June – 19 November 2022
- Candida Höfer — 24 March – 28 August 2022
- Bird’s-Eye View – Worm’s-Eye View. Photography for Children — 8 October 2022 – 19 February 2023
→ See Top Special Exhibitions in the Museum of Photography in Berlin in 2022 for more details.
More on the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)
Note: Most Berlin museums and similar sights are open in 2023. Timeslot reservations are essential for only the Alte Nationalgalerie, Gemäldegalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum (closed from 23 Oct 2023 until 2027!), and Das Panorama. Timeslots are released only around four weeks in advance. Tickets are available from GetYourGuide that seem to have timeslots available when SMB has already sold out — many passes or multi-museum tickets are again available. Individual museum ticket prices range from €6 to €14 (€20 for special exhibitions). Online tickets are skip-the-line — go directly to the gallery entrance to scan the code.
For more general information on the Berlin State Museums:
- Top National Museums and Galleries in Berlin (brief overview)
- Berlin State Museums: What Is Seen Where? (a short description of the collections in the different museums)
- Opening Hours of Berlin State Museums (2023).
- Ticket Prices for Berlin State Museums (prices for museums, temporary exhibitions, combination tickets, online time-slot reservations). Buying online from GetYourGuide is a lot simpler and costs the same as the official museum website. Timeslot reservations are essential for the most popular museums!
- Save with the Berlin Museum Pass – 30 museums (including all the SMB museums) in three days for €32 – a fantastic savings deal.
- Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (official website in German & English).
News & Temporary Exhibitions:
- Top Special Temporary Exhibitions in 2023 — overview, in the Kulturforum, in the Neue Nationalgalerie, on Museum Island, and the Museum of Photography.
- Both the Ethnological and Asian Art museums in the Humboldt Forum (Berlin Schloss) are now fully open — admission to both is still free and currently without the need to book a timeslot.
- The Gemäldegallerie is partly closed until September 2023 but at least 75% is open at any given time.
- The Pergamon Museum will be closed completely from 23 October 2023 and partly reopen only in spring 2027 (with the rest to follow by the mid to late 2030s).
More Museums Reviews and Museum-Specific Information:
- Alte Nationalgalerie with Caspar David Friedrich paintings.
- Altes Museum with Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art.
- Ethnological and Asian Art Museums in the Humboldtforum.
- Friedrichswerdersche Kirche (free admission) with a collection of 19th-century German sculptures.
- Gemäldegalerie with its collection of German and Dutch Old Masters and Italian paintings.
- Kunstgewerbemuseum (Decorative Arts)
- Musical Instruments Museum near the Berliner Philharmonie.
- Neue Nationalgalerie with early 20th-century art and Alexander Calder exhibitions.
- Neues Museum with bust of Nefertiti.
- Pergamon Museum with Ishtar Gate — the whole Pergamonmuseum will be closed from 23 October 2023 until 2027.
- Pergamon Museum Panorama Exhibition with Asisi panoramic painting and Greek statues.
- Photography — Helmut Newton collection and historic photos.
Previous Temporary Exhibitions:
- Top Special Temporary Exhibitions in 2022 — overview, in the Kulturforum (David Hockney), in the Neue Nationalgalerie, on Museumsinsel, Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art, and the Museum of Photography.
- Top Special Temporary Exhibitions in 2021 — including the reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie, as well as the Ethnological and Asian Art Museums in the Humboldt Forum.
- Top Special Exhibitions in 2020: Highlights, in Kulturforum, on Museum Island, in the Hamburger Bahnhof, smaller museums, and the opening of the Humboldt Forum in December.