Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: It’s just a short walk to the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin
stay at Grimm’s Hotels means diving into the world of Brothers Grimm … just in case you can’t get enough from the world of fairytales…
Lucas Cranach d. Ä., Die Versuchung des Hl. Antonius, 1506, Holzschnitt, © Staatliche Museen
zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Volker-H. Schneider
A few minutes away from Grimm’s Hotel Potsdamer Platz right between Mies van der Rohes Neue Nationalgalerie and Hans Scharouns Philharmonie you can find a number of the world’s most famous artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Raffael or Tizian. The minimalistic building „Gemäldegalerie“ hides real treasures inside. Part of the Gemäldegalerie is as well the so called Kupferstichkabinett, which is a real „Wunderkammer“ with it‘s wonderful prints and drawings. Due to the paper arts particularly sensitively reaction regarding light and the vast amount of their collection, the museum displays just small parts of their works in temporary exhibitions.
Israhel van Meckenem, Der Greif, 1465–1500, Kupferstich, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,
Kupferstichkabinett / Dietmar Katz
At the moment 30 prints and drawings can be seen in the exhibition „Fantastic Beasts in Graphic Art from the 15th to the 18th century“. Not only since J.K. Rowlings blockbusters or Tolkiens „Lord of the Rings“ there are beasts in art and literature. What would be the world of fairytales and wizardry without unicorns, phoenix, dragons, or zentaurs? – Don’t miss the exhibition shown until June, 12 and the magical world of the unknown and mystical …