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Old National Gallery
art museum in Berlin
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Old National Gallery
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It took over 50 years between conception and beginning to construct the building that would be the Old National Gallery.

If my dad were writing this, he’d make a joke about how it’s called the Old National Gallery because by the time they finished building it, the museum was already a senior citizen. So it was conceptualized in 1815, became a popular idea fifteen years later, ten years after that an actual plan was put together (it never amounted to anything), twenty years after that the museum was founded, three years after that people started to design it, and four years and three plans later, ground was broken.  All and all a slick and quick process.

Though the museum looks like an old Roman building, the construction materials were relatively modern.  Brick and iron were used for the exterior so it was thought to be a fireproof building, but that was never tested.

In the early 1900s a new curator added expressionist paintings to the museum, but after the German Revolution he decided that modern art won’t do in the ~Old~ National Gallery so it was moved into what would later be called National Gallery II.

During WWII the building closed and was heavily damaged in air raids.  The museum was partially reopened during repairs and eventually got completely remodeled. Not so Old anymore, eh?

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Alte Nationalgalerie

The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) in Berlin is an art gallery showing a collection of Neoclassical, Romantic, Biedermeier, Impressionist and early Modernist artwork, part of the Berlin National Gallery, which in turn is part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It is the original building of the National Gallery, whose holdings are now housed in several additional buildings. It is situated on Museum Island, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

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