On Sunday, March 8, we were among the 35,000+ Berliners who visited the newly restored Neues Museum, a preview of the design by English architect David Chipperfield. The galleries were empty; the museum was only open for 3 days, and will not be open again until October (with the collection installed).
The Neues Museum was built from 1843 to 1855 by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Karl Friedrich Schinkel (the great 19th-century Prussian Neoclassical architect). It was destroyed during the Second World War, in the bombings of Berlin from 1943 to 1945.
I posted a slideshow on Flickr: Neues Museum, Berlin. There are about 30 photos here, too many to put on the blog. This was my first foray into Flickr (which I don't find very user-friendly, by the way). I hope you will check it out.
Here is the article about the NEW New Museum from the New York Times by Michael Kimmelman on March 11, 2009.