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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Airmax77 (4 months ago)
Great place to be, and a huge and bright selection. Recommend to buy you tickets in advance to avoid the queue. Always love to spend some hours here.
Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (5 months ago)
Fantastic collection of European paintings and sculptures. When we visited the famous Caspar David Friedrich painting was not there, but there were so many other beauties... Could have been there 4-5 hours to see it all. It's nice that the old and new buildings are connected with an underground tunnel. The café in the old building was good but not extraordinary. There are boxes to leave bigger items, but you need a coin to use them (either €1 or 2).
Naushin Mushtaq (5 months ago)
Beautiful museum, with lots to see. You could easily spend a day here. The ticket is on the pricey side but you do get a lot for it. Staff are lovely and helpful.
S.C Chen (9 months ago)
Great place to go when nothing planned and you still need to stay near the train station(free lockers/washroom). Highly recommended for art lovers. Great collection of arts from different periods and movements. The audio tour on the app was very detailed and wonderful to help plan the route. Although I'll say the entire art hall is very big and there could have been clearer signs/maps to direction. It was quite confusing at some point.
Daniel P. (21 months ago)
This is quite a large museum. There are many excellent pieces of work to admire. I loved their impressionist paintings. I even got a very generous glass of white wine at the cafeteria. I recommend this museum.
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