Monet, Monet, Monet

Claude Monet is a famous French painter born at Paris in 1840. In the middle of his long career he became the founder of Impressionism, starting with his famous work Impression, soleil levant. It is an art style I like very much and to see the works of Monet you should typically visit Paris: at the Musée Marmottan Monet or the Musée de l’Orangerie for his water lilies (‘Les Nymphéas‘). But did you know that you can find the largest collection of his works outside France at the Museum Barberini of Potsdam, Germany?

Why is that? The co-founder of the well-known software company SAP, Hasso Plattner, obviously shares my interest in Impressionism and has created a large collection which is exhibited in the Barberini museum. It is a reconstructed palace in the city center of Potsdam dating back to the year 1770 and created after the image of the Palazzo Barberini at Roma, Italy. The museum was opened in 2017 and offers interesting changing exhibitions as well as a shop, a coffee bar and an auditorium for lectures.

You can buy a ticket on their website upfront for a specific point in time to make sure that you can visit the museum. They’ll only let you enter within a 15 minutes timeframe after your allotted time and they take this very serious. Reaching the museum is pretty easy: from the main railway station it is only a short walk over two bridges. The museum doesn’t present the famous work Impression, soleil levant (for that you still have to go to the Musée Marmottan Monet at Paris) – but there is a connected work, a night view from the exact some position at the port of Le Havre (Le Port du Havre, Effet de Nuit; 1872).

Museum Barberini
Humboldtstraße 5-6
14467 Potsdam

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