Yadegar Asisi


Currently on display at


Museumsinsel Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 2
10117 Berlin

12 EUR, concessions 6 EUR
Up to 18 years free entry
Open daily except Mondays
from 10 am – 6 pm

Panorama and exhibition are closed until further notice due to the current pandemic situation. For current information on tickets and your visit to the exhibition, please visit:

Panorama of the Ancient Metropolis

PERGAMON is a journey to the ancient Greek city of Pergamon in Asia Minor as it existed in 129 CE. It depicts the Roman era under Emperor Hadrian, who spent some time in the city. Embedded in the 300 m high terraces of the acropolis on a hill, the city, situated near the western coast of modern Turkey, boasted monumental architecture with temples and a theatre surrounded by a mountainous landscape. The Roman cityscape unfolds at the bottom of the mountain while the Mediterranean can be seen on the horizon. Alongside the emperor, Pergamon’s inhabitants are depicted going about their routines of 2,000 years ago in various scenes.

Thanks to a unique international collaboration with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin State Museums), an artwork has been created that combines the results of years of research with the work of contemporary artist Yadegar Asisi into a one-of-a-kind experience. Various well-known discoveries from classical archaeological collections in the Pergamon museum are put on display so that visitors can immerse themselves in ancient life. This makes it possible for guests to experience what it was like to see the Pergamon Altar at its original location on the acropolis. The frieze, only pieces of which have survived, was also painstakingly artistically recreated and coloured in by Asisi as a ‘project within a project’.

The Panorama was developed in 2011/2012 as part of a special exhibition at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and will be reopened in Berlin in 2018. In 2016, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York displayed a video installation related to the Panorama.

Past exhibition locations of PERGAMON

2011 / 2012, Berlin

2016, New York


Two exceptional publications – an illustrated book and a more compact magazine – open up the world of the ancient city of Pergamon and the unique exhibition project run by the Antikensammlung of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin with a panorama by Yadegar Asisi.


Composer for the panoramas by Yadegar Asisi

Since the pilot project, the panorama EVEREST, Yadegar Asisi has been working with the composer Eric Babak. The pianist and composer, born in Brussels and now living in London, started playing piano at the tender age of five years. Today, he is one of the most played composers in Europe. He has composed the music especially and exclusively for all the previous Asisi panoramas.

A major integral part of Eric Babak's work consists of harmonising the music in situ in the large Panorama room with the 360° image and the lighting in its day/night rhythm. For the general musical theme Babak develops for the panorama, individual scenes from the image are musically highlighted and acoustically assigned to the corresponding positions in the image. The productions with big orchestras and choirs in combination with everyday noises all enable the special atmosphere of the individual topic with its constant changes to be heard and experienced.