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Bernhard Schulz, culture editor at Der Tagesspiegel, has written about the Neues Museum in Berlin in the build-up to the tenth anniversary of its re-opening next week.

He writes: “What opened its gates on 16 October 2009 is a wonder: An old building, inaugurated in 1855, and at the same time as new as its reopening date. Magnificent during the imperial era, overshadowed by sorrow during the Weimar Republic, catastrophic during the war waged by the Nazi regime, and almost hopeless in the following decades. All these stages of the German and Berlin history are recognisable. The wonder of the Neues Museum lies in the harmony of its building parts and simultaneously in its great contradictions.”