After a $165 million renovation, the Neue Nationalgalerie looks like it did when it first opened in 1968. That’s exactly the point.
“Carrying out such a task, in a building that leaves no place to hide, is daunting,” said David Chipperfield, the British architect whose studio oversaw the renovations, in a statement. “But we hope to have returned this beloved patient seemingly untouched, except for it running more smoothly.”
The overhaul of the building was guided by the principle of changing as little as possible, while modernizing outdated mechanical systems like air-conditioning, heating, security and fire safety.
It is reopening with four exhibitions. The centerpiece show, running through Feb. 13, 2022, is “Alexander Calder: Minimal/Maximal,” an exhibition of works by the American sculptor, whose giant interactive steel sculptures seem designed to show off the museum’s light-flooded upper hall...