Old National Gallery

Old National Gallery
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Old National Gallery
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Editor's review

You could be forgiven for assuming that the Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) would be a stuffy and sleepy kind of place, but that is resolutely not so. A host of temporary exhibitions keep the content fresh and interesting, and the imaginative approach taken (a recent exhibit was "Genius and Madness in Art", for example) helps keep everything relevant to modern times. If you're a bit more conservative and would rather limit yourself to uncomplicated viewing of classic paintings than have no fear: Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cézanne (to name but a few) are all here waiting.

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Dear Sirs

Or are the two sculptures of lions, presented at the photo, a national treasure in Germany, secretly removed after the Second World War, the Soviet Union?

Unique in terms of expressiveness and the quality of castings, sculptures are in poor condition - lack of care led to the bronze focal perforations. There are no prospects of monuments to be preserved, so the question of the return of their country - the rightful owner is, in essence, the question of their existence.

So, as an organization on the territory of which the lions are installed, is a public entity, the question of restitution has a chance of success, judging by the growth of mutual interest in the stability of our states in all fields of cooperation.

Since the question of attribution of sculptures and owner can go to the politi¬cal plane, I was, understandably, fear that disclosure of the information on this topic may have negative consequences for me. Therefore I ask when considering my treatment adhere to a certain level of confidentiality.

Best regards,

Reply Feb 8th, 2010

Didn't get a chance to go inside but the outside of the building is incredible, right next to the stunning Berliner Dom

Reply Sep 1st, 2009
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