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Berlin Art Dealer Donates Gallery to City’s Museums

The Berlin art dealer Heiner Bastian and his family have announced they will donate a house near the city’s Museum Island to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees the city’s museums, according to Catherine Hickley of the Art Newspaper. Designed by the British architect David Chipperfield and completed in 2007, the building currently houses both Galerie Bastian and Contemporary Fine Arts. CFA already opened a second gallery space last April on the ground floor of a building at Grolmanstrasse 32/33, and will stay in the Chipperfield building until the end of next May before moving additional operations to the first floor of the space at Grolmanstrasse.

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation announced a week ago that art collector Reinhold Würth would make a donation enabling the foundation to buy the house. With the Bastian family’s decision, though, Würth’s donation is no longer required. The foundation intends to open the Bastian House to the public by either the end of 2017 or in early 2018. It will be used to prepare visitors to Museum Island with an overview of the museums and their collections.

David Chipperfield is also the architect behind the restoration of the Neues Museum, opposite the Bastian House on Museum Island, and for the renovation of the Neue Nationalgalerie near Potsdamer Platz.