The Schack Collection

permanent exhibition

in short

On the occasion of the building’s centenary in 2009, the gallery was renovated and the collection re-hung. The rooms were repainted to a modern colour scheme. Selected poetical texts of the period on the walls allow the paintings – selected by the collector himself, as a writer and connoisseur of European cultural history – to be seen in a wider context.
View into the exhibition, 2. Floor, Photo: Jens Weber
© Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München - Sammlung Schack

Visitor entrance

Sammlung Schack
Prinzregentenstraße 9
80538 Munich

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Sammlung Schack

in detail

The new heart of the building is the room, created in 2009, in which masterfully executed copies of Venetian Renaissance painting are hung, completed for Count Schack by Franz von Lenbach, among others.

Schack’s chief aim as an art collector was to promote the work of underrated and young, unknown artists. Among those he supported by means of regular purchases and commissions were Moritz von Schwind, whose idealistic approach had been relegated to the sidelines as a result of the triumphant progress of Realism, and the young painters Arnold Böcklin, Anselm Feuerbach and Hans von Marées, whom the contemporary art market disregarded. Although Schack was familiar with the French art of his day and greatly admired Eugène Delacroix, he deliberately acquired work only by German-speaking artists.

Schack’s paintings, the genres to which they belong and their subjects, reflect his own interests and predilections. His notion of art was fundamentally idealistic, and that automatically precluded all forms of Realism. ‘Poetry is the mother of all the arts,’ he wrote, ‘and both painters and musicians may be termed genuine artists only when they are imbued with the poetic spirit in the way that poets are.’ Most works in the collection are therefore history paintings or landscapes. With one or two exceptions, notably works by Spitzweg, the genre painting so popular in Schack’s day is absent.
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Sonntag/Sunday: 1 EUR
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painting, european art after 1800, history of art, landscape, art, text, Europe, renaissance, realism, lenbach, schack, schwind, böcklin, feuerbach, history painting, Delacroix

Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
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10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
Jeden 1. und 3. Mi im Monat Abendöffnung
bis 20.00 Uhr

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