New East German Museum ‘Minsk’ opens near Berlin

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The Minsk Kunsthaus in Potsdam. Credit line: Patrick Pleul / DPA / Profimedia

A new museum dedicated to art created during the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) has opened its doors to visitors in Potsdam, just outside Berlin.

Housed in a former terrace restaurant building that was remodelled over two years, the new ‘Minsk’ art museum by cultural patron Hasso Plattner exhibits GDR artwork from his personal collection as well as contemporary art.

The 3,200 tickets for the opening weekend quickly sold out.

Built in the 1970s, the former ‘Minsk’ restaurant was a popular destination in Potsdam, the capital of the state of Brandenburg that surrounds Berlin.

After reunification in 1990, a restaurant was still operated there for a few years, before the house increasingly fell into disrepair.

In 2019, Plattner’s foundation acquired the building to renovate it and make it accessible to the public.

The opening exhibit, which features artworks by German artist Wolfgang Mattheuer and Canadian artist Stan Douglas for example, focuses on different perspectives on landscape and runs until mid-January.

Standard admission is €10 ($9.6). © dpa

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