Kunsthalle Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

The Hamburg Kunsthalle is one of the largest art museums in the Germany. The Kunsthalle has its origins in 1849. The collection grew quickly, and it soon became necessary to provide a building. The original red brick Kunsthalle was built from 1863 to 1869, designed by architects Georg Theodor Schirrmacher and Hermann von der Hude, and financed largely through private donations. The first director became the art historian and educator Alfred Lichtwark (1852–1914). His successor during the interwar period was Gustav Pauli, who also oversaw the completion of the Kuppelsaal (domed-hall) extension, the Kunsthalle's first annex, designed by Fritz Schumacher and erected between 1914 and 1921.

The Kunsthalle is divided into four different sections: the Gallery of Old Masters, the Gallery of 19th-century Art, the Gallery of Classical Modernism and the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

The highlights of the collection include the medieval alters of Master Bertram and Master Francke, 17th-century Dutch paintings, works of early to mid 19th century German Romanticism, and collections of impressionism and classic modernism. The Kunsthalle Museum is also known for its international contemporary art collections and exhibitions, which include post-1950 Pop Art, conceptual art, video art and photography.

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Founded: 1849
Category: Museums in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)

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Sophie Sabin (2 years ago)
Extensive range of collections and beautifully showcased. You can't take bags in so must leave them in lockers. Cash only in the cafe.
matthias hartmann (2 years ago)
A lot of beautiful white space. I haven't seen the antic art due to time limits. The modern art was in good part nit to my liking
Taylor Harger (2 years ago)
Loved it! Wished I had more time to spend in this museum! So many beautiful paintings, its seriously such a great collection! A good range of styles and time periods, art from well known artists. If you love art you will love this museum!
Julia Gradovich (2 years ago)
Main exposition gives you quite extensive overview of an art history. Interesting selection of impressionists and cubists. Note: you'll need around 4 hours to walk through the entire mail exposition, so be prepared :)
Marta Fumei (2 years ago)
We liked it a lot. Please visit if you have some spare time while in Hamburg. It's really worth it. Good also the restaurant. Unfortunately we could not enjoy the kiderzimmer: it seemed really nice.
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