Without a doubt the Käthe Kollwitz Museum is one of the most special art spaces in Berlin. It houses the incredible art collection of this amazing German artist (Käthe Kollwitz). The museum is located on one of Charlottenburg’s most charming streets (Fasanenstrasse) in a late 1800s villa. It is part of the “Wintergartenensemble”, a collection of beautiful constructions which include the neighbouring and beautiful Literaturhaus Berlin, Café Wintergarten and the Villa Grisebach.
The museum is relatively small and can be visited in less than 90 minutes. Unless you fall in love with Kollwitz’s art (very likely). In which case you may end up spending a lot more time here. This art space showcases hundreds of her finest drawings, etchings, posters, woodcuts and sculptures. The upper floor contains an impressive 2.1 meter-high sculpture of Kollwitz by Gustav Seitz. There are special exhibitions roughly twice a year.
Käthe Kollwitz spent most of her life in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district (a working class neighbourhood at the time) and is considered one of the most important German artists of her time. No one was ever able to capture the pain and suffering of Berlin’s people around the two World Wars more intimately and intensely than Kollwitz. Someone once wrote “60 years after her death her art still appears to burst from the artist’s heart”. We could not agree more.
Make sure to explore the neighbouring buildings and stop for coffee and cake at Café Wintergarten. It has a very “old Berlin” feel to it. Fasanenstrasse is also home to a number of fine art galleries. Pay them a visit. If you feel like walking explore the area around Savigny Platz. It is super charming.
The highlight of the Käthe Kollwitz Museum: The top floor with her sculptures. Her true passion.
Address: Fasanenstrasse 24 Berlin