The museum specializes in modern art. There is a unique multidisciplinary collection of works of art, photography and architecture, created from the 19th century up to the present - all within the boundaries of the Berlin metropolis.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, the Berlin Gallery offers temporary exhibitions and also has a rich library, a lecture hall, a museum shop and a cafeteria.
The Berlin Gallery emphasizes innovative artistic happenings that took place in Berlin. Among them are the Dadaism art movement, which was born here, the German Vienna Secession group from the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian avant-garde of Berlin in the 1920’s, the "New Objectivity" (Neue Sachlichkeit) of the 1920’s and 1930’s , the art school that began in the 1930’s, the conceptual art of the 1960’s, and modern multimedia.
All the works and art pieces here are backed up by extensive archives of documentary material and research sources that assist art researchers who come here.
The museum, a private enterprise, was founded in 1975, when the need to present modern art in the city was felt. For many years it operated in the building of Martin Gropius in the city.
In 2004, the museum moved to its current location, and since then it has been housed here, in a former glass warehouse, not far from the Jewish Museum.