5 of the best galleries in Berlin

5 of the best galleries in Berlin

Since the reunification, Berlin has become one of the world’s most vital and exciting centres of art. The 450 galleries and 20,000 international artists in the city is evidence of that alone.

Here we pick out five of the German capital’s best galleries and our featured image is of Berlinische Galerie by fran001@yahoo.com)

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Carlier Gebauer – Mitte

  • Admission: Free

The high-calibre exhibitions run here since its inception in 1991, have made this one of Berlin’s most significant contemporary art galleries. The three “white box” rooms – totalling 2,000 square feet – showcase the work of emerging and established artists.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art – Mitte

  • Admission: €6

This huge four-floor space and quaint courtyard hosts an ambitious artistic program that includes workshops, exhibitions and onsite studios. Check listings, as it offers regular events, screenings and performances.


Michael Sailstorfer - Forst

Michael Sailstorfer – Forst. Photo: Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints


Berlinische Galerie – Kreuzberg

  • Admission: €8

This former glass warehouse often tops artists’ opinion polls for the best museum in Berlin. Along with an impressive permanent collection of work produced by Berlin artists since the late 19th century, it stages a steady flow of new exhibitions.


Boros Collection

Photo: diametrik


Sammlung Boros Collection – Mitte

  • Admission: €10

The only way to access this private collection of contemporary modern art is by arranging a guided tour through booking system on the gallery’s website (tours run between Thursdays and Sundays, and groups are a maximum of 12 people). The storied space has in the past been a WWII bomb shelter, prison, banana storehouse and S&M club.

Autocenter – Friedrichshain

  • Admission: Free

This idiosyncratic, experimental gallery occupies a former auto body shop. The not-for-profit space showcases painting, sculpture, photography and video work by local and international artists, with the aim of transcending the commercial imperative.

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