60-Second Tour: Museum Barberini

Museum Barberini had an inauspicious opening date – 20 January 2017 – the same day as Donald Trump’s inauguration.  The Museum is the creation of German software billionaire Hasso Plattner, who financed the refurbishment of what once was the palace of Frederick the Great.  The Museum will host rotating temporary exhibitions featuring works from Plattner’s private collection along with loaned items.  Its two opening exhibitions feature  works from the impressionist era through to early modern art.  Monet, Pissarro, Caillebotte, Sisley, Nolde, and Lieberman are well represented.  The quality of the paintings are such that at one point I thought I was at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.  It is hard to imagine that many of these works caused controversy in their day.  I must admit that the beautiful colours and idyllic scenery in the paintings served as the perfect antidote to the chaotic Trump world that lay outside the Museum.

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