Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777444413 Published August 2012 For sale in North America and Japan only

Museum Island Berlin

Edited by Michael Eissenhauer, Astrid Bähr, and Elisabeth Rochau-Shalem

Museum Island Berlin

Edited by Michael Eissenhauer, Astrid Bähr, and Elisabeth Rochau-Shalem

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

415 pages | 290 color plates | 9 4/5 x 12 4/5 | © 2012
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777444413 Published August 2012 For sale in North America and Japan only


Home to five museums, including the Old and New Museums, the Old National Gallery, the Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum, Berlin’s Museum Island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 and represents nearly two hundred years of museum history.     
In this new book, renowned experts on Museum Island take readers on a fascinating tour of the history and architecture of the museums located there, as well as their collections. The Essays included here focus on features and artworks of particular interest and are richly illustrated with both current and historical photographs. Broadening the scope, the book also includes discussions of the surrounding urban development, conservation efforts associated with the museums, and the ongoing redesign of Museum Island, which includes plans for expansion and the Archaeological Promenade.
Museum Island is notable in that it illustrates the evolution of modern museum design throughout the twentieth century. For those interested in art, architecture, or conservation—or those hoping to visit—this book offers a comprehensive guide to the five museums and their masterpieces.


      Henning Schulte-Noelle
      Michael Eissenhauer and Hermann Parzinger

The Museum Island en Route to the 21st Century—Prospects for a Once-in-a-Century Project
      Michael Eissenhauer and Christina Haak
The Great and the Whole—the Master Plan
      Jürgen Tietz
World Heritage and its Environment—a Balance Sheet of Monuments
      Jörg Haspel
The Berlin Museum Island from the Perspective of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
      Michael Petzet
The Recovery of Spree-Athens—Berlin’s Museum Island from the Perspective of International Architecutre
      Dieter Bartetzko
The Museum Island—an Architectural-Historical Overview
      Adrian von Buttlar
Berlin’s Museum Island—a German Educational Landscape
      Peter-Klaus Schuster
Altes Museum
      Rolf H. Johannsen
Neues Museum
      Elke Blauert
Alte Nationalgalerie
      Bernhard Maaz
      Alexander Markschies
      Olaf Matthes
The Colonnades, Colonnade Garden and Bridges
      Norbert Heuler, Klaus-Henning von Krosigk, and Klaus Lingenauber
Collections and Institutions
      Andreas Scholl
Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung
      Friederike Seyfried
Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte
      Matthias Wemhoff
Nationalgalerie—Alte Nationalgalerie Collection
      Udo Kittelmann and Angelika Wesenberg
Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst
      Julien Chapuis and Bernd Wolfgang Lindemann
      Bernd Kluge and Bernhard Weisser
Museum für Islamische Kunst
      Stefan Weber
Vorderasiatisches Museum
      Beate Salje
Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzrecherche/-forschung
      Uwe Hartmann
      Jörn Grabowski
Archäologisches Zentrum
      Astrid Marlow and Friederike Seyfried
The New Reception Building on the Museum Island—the James-Simon-Galerie
      Kaye Geipel
The Archäologische Promenade—Creating Connection
      Friederike Seyfried, Andreas Scholl, and Matthias Wemhoff
The Bode-Museum in the 21st Century
      Julien Chapuis and Michael Eissenhauer
Rethinking Berlin’s Centre from the Perspective of Culture—the Humboldt-Forum in the Berliner Schloss
      Hermann Parzinger
The Berliner Schloss Turned into the Humboldt-Forum—the Perspective of the Client
      Manfred Rettig

List of Authors
Selected Bibliography
Photographic Credits
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