Berlin Contrasts (2004–2015)

Photographs by Frank Silberbach and Nikolas von Safft


In Berlin, heart meets hardness, jet set meets local patriotism and history meets the future. There are many perspectives on this city of contrasts. We are showing two of them in a special exhibition.

Museum Ephraim-Palais
Poststraße 16
10178 Berlin

Opening Hours
Tue – Sun | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon | closed

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7 / 4 Euro (reduced)
Free admission under 18 years

Tickets are also valid for the special exhibition “Motherland – Ukrainian Artists Questioning ‘Homeland‘” at the Museum Ephraim-Palais.

10 Euro / 6 Euro (reduced)

Valid for two consecutive days for the Museum Ephraim-Palais and the Museum Nikolaikirche.

Frank Silberbach (born 1958): Badstraße, from the series „Berlin 140°“, 2009
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Acquired in 2016 from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe with funds from the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin
The photographers Frank Silberbach and Nikolas von Safft created their Berlin images in very different ways. While one immersed himself in the bustle of the streets and squares, the other explored the outskirts of the city. Both used analogue black-and-white photography to compose their visual worlds.

The dialogue between the two perspectives encourages one to trace the essence, history and challenges of the city, but also one’s own attitude to life in Berlin.
Nikolas von Safft (born 1941): from the series “Rundgang“” (“Tour”), 2004-2008.
© Nikolas von Safft

About the photographers


Your pictures of Berlin

Fotografien von Frank Silberbach und Nikolas von Safft im Museum Ephraim-Palais
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Foto: Phil Dera

For the photo appael “Berlin Jetzt!” we were looking for your pictures of Berlin. Thank you very much for more than 1500 submissions! We present your photos here on our website. A selection of the submissions is also part of the special exhibition “Berlin Contrasts (2004-2015) – Photographs by Frank Silberbach and Nikolas von Safft

Info & Service

Opening Hours

Tue – Sun | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (also on public holidays)
Mon closed


Poststraße 16
10178 Berlin


+49 30 24 002-162
Mo – Fri | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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The Ephraim-Palais is accessible without steps. All exhibition areas are accessible via an elevator. There are barrier-free toilets in the building.



15 euros
Valid for our three museums in the Nikolaiviertel (Museum Nikolaikirche, Museum Ephraim-Palais, Museum Knoblauchhaus) on two consecutive days (please note opening hours)

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For children & young people under 18, students, trainees, FSJ/FÖJ/BFD volunteers, Berlin-Ticket-S holders, severely disabled persons (with mark B) & accompanying person, refugees (with valid work or residence permit /eAT and Ukrainian passport or valid residence permit from Ukraine), recipients of residence permit /eAT and Ukrainian passport or valid residence permit from Ukraine), recipients of transfer benefits (citizen’s allowance, ALG I), holders of the Berlin-Brandenburg volunteer card, holders of the Super Holiday Pass / Berlin Family Pass, ICOM members, members of the German Museums Association, members of the Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Stadtmuseums Berlin e. V., KulturPass holders, media representatives with a valid press card
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