in 34 days
23 Februar 2018
  |   Until:  
26 August 2018

The Beauty of the Big City

Images of Berlin from Gaertner to Fetting

Die Schönheit der großen Stadt (The Beauty of the Big City) is the title of a book published in 1908 by the German philosopher and architect August Endell. It invites readers to open their eyes and minds for the secret beauty hidden in between grey walls and crowded streets.

„Potsdamer Platz“, painting by Rainer Fetting, 1993/95 (detail) © Rainer Fetting | Stadtmuseum Berlin | Reproduction: Oliver Ziebe

Using Endell’s basic ideas as a starting point, the major new exhibition at Museum Ephraim-Palais shows how artists from the 19th century to today have seen Berlin's urban and social structure and translated it into art. Whether they pictured Berlin as ‘Athens on the Spree’ or as a bustling metropolis: Their topic is the city’s external appearance and its inner beauty that can be revealed to us through painting.

In this way, visitors to the exhibition are invited to sharpen their own vision of the city’s essence, concealed behind the dirt and grey facades.

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Ephraim-Palais (from 23 February 2018)

Opening times

10am – 6pm, Tuesday/Thursday – Sunday | 12pm – 8pm, Wednesday 


Adults: €7.00/Concessions: €5.00
Free admission under 18
Free admission the first Wednesday of each month

Disability and access

Details at Mobidat (in German).


Poststraße 16


Flyer "The Beauty of the Big City"
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Tours in a foreign language:
50,00 Euro (up to ten people, every additional person 5,00 Euro) plus reduced admission price per person.


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