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A ceremony was held on the construction site of the Neue Nationalgalerie 14 September to mark both the completion of the shell structure’s restoration work and the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening.

Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie is one of the icons of twentieth-century architecture. Inaugurated 15 September 1968, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin was appointed to refurbish the building in 2012. The project now enters its final stage, which involves reassembling and reinstalling the thousands of original pieces that were removed and restored.

To mark the anniversary the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB) and the Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR) will present public guided tours of the construction site 15 and 16 September while German broadcaster RBB will show Ina Weisse’s documentary Die Neue Nationalgalerie 15 September.

Image © Ute Zscharnt