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The new President and Ms Merkel have been at odds for some time
And as Donald Trump immediately removed any mention of the pending European Union trade deal TTIP from the US Government’s website, Merkel was entranced by the soothing colours of Claude Monet’s paintings.
The new President and Ms Merkel have been at odds for some time – with Mr Trump savaging Germany’s immigration policy as an “utterly catastrophic mistake”.
The billionaire even declared NATO was “obsolete” and suggested that other European countries would soon exit the EU.
Angela Merkel reminded the president that Europe's "fate is in our own hands” – and vowed to approach Trump’s president with an open mind.
Merkel reminded the president that Europe's "fate is in our own hands
But instead of watching the historic moment Mr Trump was sworn into the White House yesterday, Ms Merkel was busy seeking refugee at the opening of a private art collection before heading off to fix her gladrags.
The German Chancellor swapped politics for paintings at the first public opening of tech billionaire Hasso Plattner’s privately owned Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Berlin.
The new museum features a replica of the facade of the historic baroque palace originally built in 1771 by Frederick the Great, which was destroyed in an allied bombing ratios in 1945, along with a state-of-the-art interior spanning 4,000 square meters of exhibition space.
Merkel was the last person Obama called before he left office
Merkel was spotted visiting a cobblers in Berlin Mitte
Given their eight years of friendship and partnership, the President noted that it was fitting that his final call with a foreign leader was with Chancellor Merkel
White House statement on Barack Obama's final call as President
According to the Barberini’s website the inaugural exhibition, titled “Impressionism: The Art of Landscape,” features works from Plattner’s personal collection boosted by works borrowed from other galleries.
The show included works by the likes of Auguste Renoir, Gustave Caillebotte and Wassily Kandinsky, along with Edvard Munch’s Girls on a Bridge – which sold for £43.7 million at Sotheby’s New York in November 2016.
But it wasn’t just a fun afternoon at the museum that saw Merkel keep her focus off the moment donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the US.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the gala for the 200th anniversary of Werner von Siemens on November 29, 2016 at the historic headquarters of Siemens in Berlin
She was also spotted on camera carrying a Stefano Ricci bag as she entered a cobblers and dress fitters in Berlin Mitte.
But while their leader was busy having a relaxing day out, her team were still hard at work.
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the government were "studying with interest" Trump's inauguration speech.
The German Chancellor swapped politics for paintings at the Barberini Museum
However Ms Merkel was not the only European leader to snub coverage of the inauguration.
Prime Minister Theresa May spent her day at Highfield Primary School in her Maidenhead constituency, where she opened a new eco-garden wearing black snake-skin style knee-high boots.
The images of Merkel’s cultural day out come after it was revealed Barack Obama’s final call as President was to the German chancellor.
Merkel and Trump have a tense relationship
During the call, the former president thanked her for her “strong, courageous, and steady leadership”.
He also expressed “appreciation for their personal friendship” and partnership, having previously described Merkel as probably his “closest international partner these last eight years”.
First Lady Michelle and Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer also joined the call, according to a White House statement which said: “Given their eight years of friendship and partnership, the President noted that it was fitting that his final call with a foreign leader was with Chancellor Merkel, and he wished her the very best going forward.”