Picture Cellar


The Picture Cellar will be reopened for the exhibition "Arbeit am Gedächtnis  Transforming Archives": As part of guided tours, a series of murals can be viewed that were created in the middle of the political "Tauwetter-Periode” (thaw period) between 1957 and 1958 on the occasion of two carnival celebrations in the former coal cellar of the Akademie on Pariser Platz.

The works by the master students of the German Akademie der Künste Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder, Werner Stötzer and Horst Zickelbein are unique testimonies to a youthful post-war awakening. In an exhibition initiated by Fritz Cremer, the works of the carnival painters provided the occasion for the climax of a cultural-political campaign against the Akademie in the GDR. As if in a burning glass, the murals reflect the controversial discussion between East and West and the need for a differentiated interpretation of German-German history in a European context.

The Picture Cellar was only made public in 2018. Besides the exhibition halls and the Brandenburg Gate, the murals are the only original remnants of the historic Pariser Platz.

Interview films, audio documents and a publication in German and English provide insights into the disputes of the time.

Access to the Picture Cellar is only possible on a guided tour. Please note that the Picture Celler is not accessible for wheelchair users. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Guided tours as part of “Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives”

On the opening days: 17 – 20 June, 4 – 6 pm

As part of the exhibition tours: 22 June – 19 Sept, Tue + Thu 5 pm

Special guided tours

Special guided tours at the moment due to the coronavirus situation with a maximum of three visitors per tour

Special guided tours also available in English, for students and for blind and visually impaired visitors subject to booking

Special guided tours for groups € 6/4 plus a one-off fee of € 50

Special guided tours for students. Free admission (school or university certification required)

Special guided tours for blind and visually impaired visitors (Free admission, booking requiered)

Bookings: kunstwelten@adk.de, T +49 (0)30 200 57-1000

17 Jun — 19 Sep 2021

Murals by Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder, Horst Zickelbein

Guided tours
As part of the exhibition tours on “Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives”: 22 June – 19 Sept, Tue + Thu 5 pm

Maximum of three visitors per tour

In German