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Berlin Museum Island - museum complex

Situated in the heart of the city, the famous Berlin Museum Island is one of the most important museum complexes in the world. The complex comprises five museums of international prominence, archaeological collections and 19th century art. This collection of museums was designated a site of UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

An island at the heart of the city
Berlin Museum Island is a unique educational infrastructure, representing 100 years of museum architecture in the centre of Berlin. Between 1830 and 1930, a “temple city of the arts” was created on an area less than one square kilometre, spanning more than 6,000 years of cultural and human history. The starting point for the “island of treasures” was the completion in 1830 of the Old Museum designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. This is the oldest of Berlin's museum buildings and the place where King Friedrich Wilhelm III made art treasures available for public viewing for the first time. Berlin Museum Island and its five large exhibition buildings has evolved over time to become a synthesis of the arts, set in impressive surroundings.
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Helmut Newton has been one of the most coveted and expensive fashion, advertising, portrait and centrefold photographers in the world since the 1970s. In 2004 Helmut Newton donated 1,000 pictures, a considerable proportion of his portfolio, to the Helmut Newton Foundation. They were awe-inspiring pictures, controversial sceneries, unusual photo shoot settings and extraordinary picture compositions. The artistic journey through the decades presents the life and work of the photographer who was well known for his expressive black and white photographs, in a series of special exhibitions. The exhibition is complemented with a presentation of the artist's personal effects.
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Other photography museums in Germany

A selection of other photography museums in Germany.
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