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Fax: 0341 216 99 999
Website: http://www.mdbk.de/

Museum Der Bildenden Künste Leipzig

The Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1837 by the arts association Leipziger Kunstverein. Donations by various foundations, private collectors and generous individuals facilitated the building of a collection of more than 2700 paintings, 800 sculptures and 55000 drawings and graphic reproductions. The collection comprises works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present.
In 2004 the museum moved to its new location in the historical centre of Leipzig.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

Painting collection Old Masters
While initially concentrating on contemporary art, in the late 19th century the focus of the Leipzig collectors shifted to the works of Dutch painters of the 17th century. More than 400 paintings display the artistic skills of masters such as Frans Hals, Anton van Dyck and their contemporaries.
Works by old German masters constitute another highlight of the collection. About 60 works introduce the viewer to central ideas and imagery of Renaissance art in Germany. Especially noteworthy are the paintings by Lucas Cranach Snr and Lucas Cranach Jnr.
To a lesser degree, French, Italian and Spanish painters of the 15th - 18th centuries are also represented in the collection.

Painting collection New Masters
More than 750 works allow the visitor to trace the development of German art throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Major artistic schools and movements from Classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism to Symbolism and Expressionism form the art historical structure of the collection. Some of the best-known works of the German Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich, were acquired by the museum. Paintings by Max Klinger, an outstanding representative of Symbolism in Germany, form a significant and voluminous part of the collection. A whole room in the gallery is dedicated to the oeuvre of the Expressionist painter Max Beckmann.
In more recent decades the collecting activities of the museum focused on paintings by artists of the former East Germany. ‘Socialist Realism’, the style officially endorsed by the state, informed many of the works created between 1949 and 1989. Experimental works by young non-conformist East German artists we...+ [ Read all ]


Eine Liebe: Max Klinger und die Folgen
(Love: Max Klinger and the Consequences)
11 March 2007 – 24 June 2007
The 150 birthday of Max Klinger is an occasion to reexamine the artist’s place in the context of European art around 1900. This special exhibition documents Klinger’s significant influence on his contemporaries and on artists of later generations.
For further details, visit the special webpage: http://www.klinger.mdbk.de

Horst Janssen, Falko Behrendt et al
26 April 2007 – 15 July 2007
A display of works by Janssen, Behrendt and others donated to the museum by Professor Mehlhorn

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Landschaftsbilder – Sehnsuchtsbilder: Der andere Mattheuer
(Pictures of Landscapes – Pictures of Longing: The other Mattheuer)
15 July 2007 – 14 October 2007
This exhibition reveals another dimension to the art of Wolfgang Mattheuer – a dimension that is yet to be fully discovered and explored. Not unlike the Romantics, Mattheuer used landscape paintings for private metaphysical speculations.

Fotografierte Landschaften
(Photographed Landscapes)
15 July 2007 – 14 October 2007
A selection of landscape photographs, mainly from the museum’s collection


Permanent collections: € 7 (concessions: € 5)
Exhibitions: from € 8.50 (concessions: € 6)
Permanent collections & exhibitions (‘Kombiticket’): € 11 (concessions: € 8)
All exhibitions for one year (‘Jahreskarte’): € 40 (concessions: € 28)

Opening hours

Permanent collections and special exhibitions:
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 12 noon – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Closed Monday.

Tuesday: 12noon – 5pm
Wednesday: 12noon – 8pm
Thursday: 12noon – 5pm
Visits throughout the week by appointment.

Getting there

Please see the website for a city map under 'service'.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Guided tours, lectures and events for children take place on a regular basis. For a list of current and forthcoming events, please check the website, submenu ‘Veranstaltungen’.


Circle of Friends of Max Klinger (Freundeskreis Max Klinger e.V.)
The Circle of Friends of Max Klinger was formed in 2002 with the intention of efficiently preserving and presenting the artistic legacy of Max Klinger. Members of the circle offer guidance with regard to the acquisition and restoration of works by Klinger and assist with the administration of the Max Klinger Archives at the museum. An ambitious long-term goal of the Circle of Friends is to further academic research into the life and work of Klinger. The Circle aims to stimulate debate about the artist by establishing a network of interested researchers and cultural and academic institutions. It hopes to present the results of this debate through special exhibitions, lectures and publications.

Max Klinger Archives
In addition to ca 900 works by Klinger, the museum is home to a large number of documents related to the artist’s life and work. The archives contain:
• Klinger’s personal correspondence (originals and transcripts) and photographs
• a collection of newspaper cuttings
• certificates about purchases of Klinger’s works by the museum

The Max Klinger Archives were established in 2001 and are sponsored by the Letter Foundation in Cologne. Current research at the archives is to culminate in a new and comprehensive edition of Klinger’s correspondence.

Sponsors of the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig (Förderer des Museums der bildenden Künste Leipzig)
Established in 1994, the association of sponsors of the museum has contributed greatly to the growth and expansion of the museum in recent years. Sponsors provide indispensable financial support to the museum. Furthermore, they assist...+ [ Read all ]