FREUNDE+ was established by Freunde der Nationalgalerie to provide people over the world a first insight into the breadth and spectrum of projects and exhibitions at Berlin’s Nationalgalerie and its six institutions.
While the focus lies on exhibitions and acquisitions funded by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie, FREUNDE+ presents various film formats, most importantly exhibition documentation (DOCS), exhibition lectures, interviews with artists and figures from culture and science (TALKS) and films for the youngest museum visitors, which will be published in the near future.
FREUNDE+ contributes to the opening of the museum beyond its spatial and temporal limitations. In addition, FREUNDE+ is a multi-media, freely accessible archive that is constantly growing. This lasting networking of projects and artists makes FREUNDE+ an important cultural platform for artist lovers and scholars.
Freunde der Nationalgalerie has been supporting the work of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie since 1977. The task of the association is the socially vital mission of supporting Berlin’s Nationalgalerie with its six institutions—Alte Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum Berggruen, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg and Friedrichswerdersche Kirche. The goal of the association is to increase the museum’s room to maneuver at all six institutions. The annual membership fees play a key part in making Nationalgalerie a vital, innovative institution, as reflected in the numerous exhibition projects and collection presentations on art from the nineteenth century to the present designed for a broad audience.
Over 300 important acquisitions for all institutions, over 100 large and smaller scale exhibitions, the Preis der Nationalgalerie, funded by the association, the subsidiary associations and the foundation for acquiring contemporary art, all borne by now 1,400 members, donors, and committed board members and trustees. For 40 years now, a passion for art has fed the activity of the association, and this will remain so in future.
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The six locations of the Nationalgalerie: Alte Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum Berggruen, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Friedrichswerdersche Kirche | photos: David von Becker