|Fresken im Ägyptischen Hof von Karl Eduard Biermann .|
|visitor, Akhenaten with family, architecture|
Through subsequent visits I have seen Berlin knit itself back together, then reinvent itself to become once again a world class city filled with artists of all kinds.
During my most recent visit, I was excited to see the Neues Museum, the original home of the Egyptian Museum, which has recently reopened.
|remnants of niche ornament|
|Neues Museum Bacchus Room in 2000, note vine marks on walls. image via Wikipedia|
|Bacchus Room in 2009 after renovation. image via Wikipedia|
|Some aging ornament in a gallery of the Neues Museum|
|Gallery ornament, detail|
Ornamental painting, bullet holes, exposed brickwork, and modern finishes all work together to create an historic environment for one of the world's most famous archeological collections.
The modern areas of the building are pure form and space, and are simply breathtaking.
Glimpses of the building's former glory, with its 19th century decorative treatments, are particularly thrilling.
|circa 1855 ceiling borders in the Neues Museum|
|A fragment of a lost ceiling, Neues Museum|
|Nefertiti enshrined at the Neues Museum, image via Wikipedia|
|exposed brickwork and original decorative fragments form the backdrop for the Neues Museum displays|
|Wall ornamentation, Neues Museum, Berlin|
For more information and images about this building and its renaissance, have a look at these sites:
Neues Museum website, virtual architectural tour.
New York Times article about the museum renovation, with many great pictures.
AIA Architect Magazine review and photos of the Neues Museum.
Exterior Views, original plans, and architectural designs, at Wikipedia
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photos in this post by Lynne Rutter, March 2011 unless otherwise noted.