Thousands queue to see reopened Bode Museum

20th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Queues formed Thursday outside the relaunched Bode Museum in Berlin, after arts reviewers had dubbed it Europe's premier museum of sculpture and acclaimed it as a rival to the Louvre in Paris. The crowds were waiting as the Bode opened its doors, two days after government figures attended an inauguration and eight years after the last major public event in the Bode, a storehouse of Byzantine and European art on Berlin's Island of Museums. An estimated 4,500 people made the t

20 October 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Queues formed Thursday outside the relaunched Bode Museum in Berlin, after arts reviewers had dubbed it Europe's premier museum of sculpture and acclaimed it as a rival to the Louvre in Paris.

The crowds were waiting as the Bode opened its doors, two days after government figures attended an inauguration and eight years after the last major public event in the Bode, a storehouse of Byzantine and European art on Berlin's Island of Museums.

An estimated 4,500 people made the tour Thursday, studying more than 1,900 works of art presented in "period rooms" where the sculptures are offset by matching paintings and interior decoration.

Five museums occupy the island, with tourists coming from around the world to see the other museums' holdings, including the Pergamon Altar and the Bust of Queen Nefertiti. All are being restored. The Bode, first opened in 1904, has been relaunched with a focus on sculpture and carving.

The Bode's hoard of priceless art has not been seen in one place since the 1930s. Arts writers have been fulsome in praise this week.

In the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, hailed it as a place where one can wander through the history of European sculpture, from the Fall of Rome to the Age of Enlightenment, with most nations represented.

He said Thursday that only the Louvre in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London had anything comparable. The Bode was the best at depicting Europe's aesthetic, religious, intellectual and political history in three-dimensional form.

DPA

Subject: German news

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