Kleiner Schlossplatz 1

Phone: +49 (0) 711 - 216 21 88
Fax: +49 (0) 711 - 216 78 20
Website: http://www.kunstmuseum-st

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Stuttgart art collection's move into its striking new building at the heart of the city and its name change from Städtische Galerie (Municipal Gallery) to Kunstmuseum Stuttgart symbolizes the start of a new, more international era. The museum has built on its existing structures to combine old and new approaches, and its exhibitions now address current, international issues, focusing on four main themes: the ornament (in Adolf Hölzel's work, for example), politics and social critique (Otto Dix), subversion and irony (particularly in the work of Dieter Roth) and the often blurred line between "free" and "applied" art (e.g Adolf Hölzel, Ida Kerkovius, Oskar Schlemmer and Willi Baumeister).

The Building

Scarcely any other architectural project in Stuttgart sparked as much debate as the new building for the Kunstmuseum, partly because of its prominent location at the heart of the city. In March 2002 construction began on the site of the problematic traffic interchange built during the post-war era on Kleiner Schlossplatz. The city's art collection was finally given the home it deserves. It had taken two decades, three competitions and one city planning survey before the construction of the museum on Königstrasse finally got the go-ahead. The design of Berlin architects Hascher + Jehle was selected from a number of proposals submitted in an international contest in 1999. The Stuttgart-born pair wanted to create a "tranquil, elegant structure that is clearly a product of our times". Hascher and Jehle's final design was a distinctive yet unobtrusive architectural gem which blends in well with Stuttgart's overall inner-city architecture. The squa... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart's collection spans the period from the end of the 18th century to the present day. The exhibits from the 18th and 19th centuries have a notably regional flavour. Paintings from artists such as Philipp Friedrich Hetsch and Johann Baptist Seele are examples of South West German classicism, and although few in number, they are of outstanding quality. Swabian impressionism is mainly represented in the works of Otto Reiniger, Christian Landenberger and Hermann Pleuer.

Classical Modernism I:
Hölzel - Heckel – Klee

Classical Modernism II:
Dix - Winter – Baumeister

Art After 1950:
Sonderborg - Pfahler – Lüpertz

Contemporary Art:
Roth - Kosuth – Laib

Collection history

In 1924 Count Silvio della Valle di Casanova laid the foundation for the Stuttgart art collection, donating his private collection of Swabian impressionist paintings. The collection went on display in May 1925 in Villa Berg, originally constructed for the crown prince of Württemberg. In 1943 the building was unfortunately destroyed in air raids and many works of arts were lost.
It was not until 1961 that the Gallery of the City of Stuttgart found a new exhibition site in Theodor Fischer's reconstructed art building on Schlossplatz. Eugen Keuerleber, who had been curator of the municipal art collection since 1945, was appointed gallery director. He envisaged the institution - in contrast to the internationally oriented Staatsgalerie - as a museum of 19th and 20th century art from Baden-Württemberg. Keuerleber decided to concentrate on four main areas: Swabian impressionists, Adolf Hölzel and his entourage, Otto Dix, and the region's contemporary art. The worl...+ [ Read all ]


MATCH. Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture
1 December 2007 - 6 April 2008

Nothing fascinates and captivates our attention as strongly as the sight of another person. Through the comparison with others, we recognize ourselves. Portrait pain-ting is thus one of the oldest forms of art. An Egyptian mummy portrait from the first century forms the prelude to the exhibition »Match. Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture« in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. The focal point, however, is one of the most unerring portraitists of the twentieth century: displayed on more than 1,000 square meters are sixty-five paintings by Otto Dix, including forty works on loan from muse-ums such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden. With this show, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart with its worldwide most important Otto Dix collection puts his portrait art at the center of a large exhibition for the first time. The exhibition juxtaposes the works of Otto Dix with eighty-eight additional portraits by artists from Lucas Cranach to Andy Warhol. The encounter with pain-tings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Erich Heckel, and Francis Bacon and works by contemporary artists such as Duane Hanson, Gerhard Richter, or Wolfgang Tillmanns illuminates the significance of the portraitist Otto Dix over time.

As the major sponsor and through donations and loans, the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) strongly supports the Otto Dix collection of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. As the main sponsor for the exhibition »Match. Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture«, the LBBW shows further engagement.

Previous Exhibitions

Lacquer Laboratory Baumeister, Schlemmer, Krause 1931-1944
28 April - 22 July 2007

Frischzelle_07: Pablo Wendel
16 June - 29 July 2007

Frischzelle_06: Alexander Schellow
17 February - 20 May 2007

Cross-border. Photography and Video Art from the MUMOK Vienna
24 March - 17 June 2007

New Forms. Fritz Winter: Works on Paper 1925-1975
4 February - 7 May

Frischzelle_03: Pia Maria Martin
18 February - 2 April 2006

Frischzelle_04: Albrecht Schäfer
8 July - 20 August 2006

Frischzelie_05: Susanne Kutter
2 December 2006 - 14 January 2007

"At Home" with the Collection
5 March - 31 July 2005

Frischzelle_01: Jörg Obergfell
4 June - 17 July 2005

Max Bill. A Retrospective
10 September 2005 - 8 January 2006

Frischzelle_02: Alex Müller
8 October - 20 November 2005

Kleiner Schlossplatz 2005
Mariella Mosler

Exhibitions (10)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

26 APRIL – 17 AUGUST 2008


7 FEBRUARY 2009 – 14 JUNE 2009


Collection € 5,--
reduced € 3,50
Families € 11,--
Special exhibitions varied

Annual Ticket
Annual ticket »Kunstmuseum Stuttgart«
For the collection and exhibitions
regular: € 40,--
reduced: € 30,--
Family: € 60,--

Available at the museum’s cashier

Opening hours

Tues - Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wed + Fri, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Mon closed
Holiday opening hours:
Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day: closed.
On all other holidays the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This also applies to Easter Monday and Whit Monday.

Guided tours (without prior reservation)
Wed + Fri, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat + Son, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Willi Baumeister Archive
Organization: Hadwig Goez
Appointments with prior notice under:
Phone: +49 (0) 711 – 216 19 75

with prior notice
Reginald König
Phone: +49 (0)711 – 216 19 78

Getting there

Bus 42 or 44 to Schlossplatz
Underground lines U5, U6, U7 and U15 to Schlossplatz
S-Bahn transit to Stadtmitte station

For a map please click here


Kunstmuseum Stuttgart offers something for every taste, should you need to stop for refreshment on your way around the museum. Take a break in between exhibitions at o.T, a classic espresso bar in the museum foyer, or enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the Cube roof restaurant, located at the top of the museum's glass shell. In summer the large terrace in front of the museum opens up, allowing visitors to sit out and enjoy their refreshments in the sun.
The »Cube«, with its unforgettable, panoramic views over Stuttgart, offers a reasonably-priced lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. and afternoon tea and coffee with a delicious selection of cakes. After museum closing time, cuisine king Jörg Rauschenberger serve an exclusive spread of "Pacific Rim cuisine", accompanied by a carefully selected wine menu that will tantilize the taste buds of even the most discerning and sophisticated clientele.
o.T., located in the museum foyer, has two looks: one for the day and one for the night. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. it is a classic espresso bar, offering light snacks and a selection of newspapers. From late afternoon, it transforms into a cocktail and wine bar. Enjoy the soothing sounds of lounge music while unwinding after a hard day's work, or savour a glass of wine while mulling over current and timeless art issues after an evening event at the museum.

»o. T.« Bar
Sun - Thurs, 10 a.m. – midnight
Fri and Sat, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Restaurant »Cube«
Mon - Sun, 11:30 a.m. – midnight
Phone: +49 (0) 711 - 280 44 41

Museum Shop

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart bookshop stocks an impressive range of books supplied by Köln-based bookseller Walther König, well-known and...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Art Education

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart aims to help people to discover art by providing inspiring experiences which stimulate open and creative dialogue and make them think. It hopes to achieve these goals with its range of assorted activities aimed at young and old. Children and young people are the museum-goers of the future. Their participation in museum activities is therefore extremely important to us. We want to bring out their creative side and instil in them a love of art. It goes without saying that the museum also aims to make art accessible to the older generation. We offer a challenging programme of adult education.



Since 1983 the city of Stuttgart has awarded an art prize financed by the fortune of Stuttgart painter Hans Molfenter (1884-1979), who bequeathed his estate to the capital of Baden-Württemberg. Every three years (until 1995, every two years), a prize of €16,000 is shared among several artists "who have a connection to South West Germany and have received recognition for their outstanding artistic work". The winners are selected by jury. The award ceremony is accompanied by an exhibition in Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

Previous recipients include:
1983 Ben Willikens | 1985 Hans Schreiner | 1987 K.R.H. Sonderborg | 1989 Horst Antes | 1991 Anton Stankowski | 1993 Günter Behnisch | 1995 Walter Stöhrer | 1998 Dieter Krieg | 2005 Rebecca Horn

Willi Baumeister Archive

The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart has housed the Willi Baumeister Archive since January 2005. It contains the estate of artist Willi Baumeister (1889-1955). The archive was compiled by his widow and daughters and is now accessible for the purposes of academic research. Several art historians were involved in producing the different catalogues dedicated to oils, drawings, gouaches, collages and prints. The archive advises on content and loans works to both comprehensive retrospective exhibitions and smaller themed presentations.
The archive is administrated in its new surroundings by Hadwig Goez. Felicitas Baumeister - as daughter of the artist especially familiar with the estate contents - fulfills a consulting role with her knowledge of and about the works and continues to produce specialist reports with the co-operation of the catalogue authors.+ [ Read all ]


Everybody needs a friend
And a friend in need is a friend indeed

In 2003 »Friends of Kunstmuseum Stuttgart« was founded to assist the museum's host of different projects and encourage closer dialogue with city residents. Friends of Kunstmuseum Stuttgart consists of citizens and companies dedicated to supporting the museum and its prestigious collection, which features many great masterpieces, now displayed in all their glory in the new building.

Friends of the museum support
– exhibitions
– the purchase of artworks
– organization of events and presentations at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart on various art-related topics

Membership includes – special tours conducted by the museum director Dr. Marion Ackermann, curators, artists and collectors
– the opportunity to discuss the programme with the museum director
– a chance to meet the artists
– invitations to previews
– free admission to all museum events
– free admission to all Kunstmuseum Stuttgart exhibitions and to those of associated museums
– special trips accompanied by art history tours

Members of the board are
Joachim Friedrich von Berg, Chairman
Dr. Axel Sigle, Secretary
Dr. Jochen Gutbrod, Treasurer

Annual fee
Single € 400,--
Par-ship € 500,--
Companies € 2.500,--

Membership fees and all donations are tax deductible.

Freunde des Kunstmuseum Stuttgart e.V.
Schoderstr. 10
70192 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0) 711 165 47 0
Fax: +49 (0) 711 165 47 10 [ Read all ]


The Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) is well-known for its dedication to art and culture. It regularly supports major projects and events of world-class calibre in Baden-Württemberg. The LBBW is one of Kunstmuseum Stuttgart's main sponsors and views its work for the museum as an extension of its committment to the Otto Dix collection, which goes back as far as 1972. A selection of approximately 250 of the world's most important museum pieces will be on display in the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg Room on the museum's ground floor.

The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is also supported by:
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft

Venue hire

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart's rooms are the ideal venue for any occasion. Art and architecture combine to create a memorable atmosphere in a unique setting. A special tour conducted by our well-versed art historians will give your event an individual touch. Choose to explore one of the artists featured in our collection or the current special exhibition. Tours of 60 minutes are available for up to 20 people. Kunstmuseum Stuttgart's in-house caterers, Rauschenberger, provide exclusive food and beverages for your events.
The Cube restaurant, with its stunning views over the city, can be rented for special events:

Renting times: available on request
Room size: 250 m²
Daylight: Yes
Smoking area: Yes
Seating available for up to 170 people

Daytime 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mon - Fri €2.000
Minimum consumption €3.500
Evenings, from 6:30 p.m.
Mon - Sun, after 6:30 p.m.: €3.500
Minimum consumption from 7 p.m.: €9.000

Additional costs (hourly, per person)
Security personnel: € 26
Assistants and cloakroom personnel: € 22
Assistants and cloakroom personnel after 1 a.m.: € 26
Audio-visual technician: € 30

All prices are exclusive of VAT.

For more information please contact:
Astrid Eberlein
Fax: +49 711 216 78 20