Wings of Desire
. (And this film is the only way to see the inside without a library card, which costs 10 euros per month.)
Nearby Potsdamer Platz was, for a long time, the busiest crossroads in Europe. Split in two by the Wall when the city was divided, it was left as a waste ground. Since 1990 it has been completely rebuilt and is a showcase for postmodern architecture and urban planning.
The Kulturforum was designed, in the late 1950s, to become the cultural center of West Berlin, thus constituting a counterpart to the Museuminsel in the eastern part of the city. It contains the Gemäldegalerie with a comprehensive collection of painting from the 1200s to the 1700s, the Neue Nationalgalerie with a collection of art from the first half of the 20th century, and two inter sting buildings by architect Hans Scharoun: the Philharmonie, where the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra plays, with a roof in the form of a giant wave, and the National Library, the inside of which provided the setting for many scenes in Wim Wender's