The Museum of Photography has been a magnet for photography enthusiasts from all over the world since its opening in 2004. It is shared between two main organisers, with a total of 2000 square metres of floor space at their disposal. The first is the Helmut Newton Foundation, which occupies the two lower floors that have housed the permanent exhibition 'Helmut Newton's Private Property' as well as individual exhibitions on the Helmut Newton's work and his contemporaries. The second is the Art Library's Photographic Collection, which presides over the newly resplendent Kaisersaal on the second floor. Thanks to its reconstruction by Kahlfeldt Architekten, the Kaisersaal has now been equipped with modern conditioning systems to control air temperature, humidity and light and is now suitable to host exhibitions of all kinds of photography ranging from the 19th to the 21st century. A diverse programme of exhibitions is scheduled that will not only draw from the rich photographic collections of the National Museums in Berlin but also feature outstanding photographers and outline important themes in the history of photography. The exhibitions are accompanied by a varied programme of guides, lectures and symposia on current research topics.
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