Permanent Collection - Hamburger Kunsthalle

Gallery of the Old Masters
Within the Old Masters Collection four areas in particular have been a focus since the founding of the Hamburger Kunsthalle. North German Art around 1400 is one of them. 17 th Century Dutch painting has become a focus thanks to a donation in 1879, to which important works could be added at a later stage. The collection of Italian paintings dating from 1350 until 1800 largely stems from the Collection Wedells. Some works of French painting of the 16 th to 18 th Centuries have been acquired in the second half of the 20 th Century, but they form inhomogeneous smaller complexes.

Gallery of the 19th Century

The Hamburger Kunsthalle holds one of the most important collections of 19 th Century paintings. The Galleries of the 19 th Century open with works by artists of Romanticism and close with German Impressionism. The years 1800 and 1914, thresholds of epochs, determine beginning and end of this department. The beginning is marked by the radical renewal of art through Romanticism, while the end coincides with World War I – despite an incision in the development of art being apparent some time earlier through the avant-garde of Expressionism and Abstraction.

Gallery of Modern Art

Extensive Refurbishment

The whole of the upper floor of the original building is expected to remain closed until spring 2006.
A concentrated selection of modern art works can be found in rooms 115, 116 and 117.

Of the classical modernists, Max Beckmann and Oskar Kokoschkadominate along with artists from the "Brücke" and "Blauer Reiter" groups, (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Franz Marc).
The fascinating work
Der Goldfisch by Paul Klee also belongs in this context.

Gallery of Contemporary Art


With the opening of the Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Kunsthalle presents its new collection of international art from 1960 – from Pop Art until today. The two-part building by Oswald Mathias Ungers opened in 1997. It consists of a cube of for storeys, clad in luminous light limestone, supplemented with a pedestal-storey, which connects the building with the old Kunsthalle, clad in red granite. The building is determined by its urbanistic context and the connection with the original building of the Kunsthalle on the one hand, and by the diverse presentation requirements of the art works on the other.

New Media
Video/Audio programs
Gallery of Contemporary Art

Daily changing artist´s video tapes in the videopavilion
by Dan Graham. More than hundred audio CDs are available.

Department of Prints, Drawings and Photography

Presentation of drawings and prints.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2 - 5 p.m.



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