I love the museum's fresh and diverse view of contemporary art, which is quite unusual for a government facility. Last year Martin-Gropius-Bau opened a collective exhibition of such famous artists as Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Henry Richter and Ai Weiwei. About 2,000 people were welcomed by Peter Sloterdijk at the opening ceremony.
Built in 1881 to exhibit arts and crafts, the museum was once completely renovated, and in 1996 recognized as a historical monument. An interesting fact: the museum was built by a great-great-grandfather of Walter Gropius, the famous founder of BauHaus. The museum's central atrium boasts Baroque splendor. It's olde-worlde bookstore is a nice place to spend an hour or two.