Special exhibition

Pergamon – home to powerful kings and a glittering metropolis! The fame of the Great Altar of Pergamon, with its depiction of the Gods’ battle against the Giants, is known far and wide around the globe. But what did the city look like in which the altar originally stood? How did the people live and what shape did their everyday life take? From 30 September 2011 to 30 September 2012, you will have the chance to experience for yourself the first major exhibition dedicated exclusively to the history, art and culture of this ancient city, which will be held on the Museumsinsel Berlin.

Stadtgöttin Athena in der Abteilung der Götter mit Besuchern
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung; Foto: Tom Schulze

Tote Gallier, Raum der Herrscher
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung; Foto: Tom Schulze

Spread out over 4000 square metres in the north wing of the Pergamonmuseum, some 450 exhibits will be on view from the National Museums’ Collection of Classical Antiquities, the bulk of which has never been displayed before. In addition, the exhibition will be enriched by an array of loans from other collections, both from within Germany and from around Europe. A wide variety of sculptures, mosaics, coins, ceramics and metal devices will form a vivid picture of life in the ancient city.

Rauminstallation Götterstammbaum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung; Foto: Tom Schulze

The exhibits will be presented in their original architectural and functional contexts. Paintings, historical photographs and written documents from various archives will provide insights into the exciting history of the discovery and research of the site.

The Collection of Classical Antiquities, part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin), is organising this unique exhibition in cooperation with asisi and, to accompany the show, shall be presenting Yadegar Asisi’s new monumental panorama of ancient Pergamon in the forecourt to the Pergamon Musuem over the course of the entire year.

Titan at the feet of the goddess Artemis. Detail from the eastern frieze of the Pergamon Altar, 180–160 BCE
© National Museums in Berlin, Collection of Classical Antiquities; Photo: Johannes Laurentius