The Kunstverein in Bremen (Bremen art association) was one of the first in Germany. Founded in 1823, it still runs the Kunsthalle (art gallery) with its own funds. Its priceless collection covers a period from the 14th century to the present day: European painting from the middle ages to the present day, sculptures from the 16th to 21st century, international photography and media art and an important Department of prints and drawings.
It is focussed mainly on German and French art of the 19th century – including works of painters of the Barbizon School, the Nabis artists, the extensive Eugène Delacroix collection, French and German Impressionists as well as paintings and graphics by Pablo Picasso, but also the large groups of works by Max Beckmann, Paula Modersohn-Becker and the German Expressionists. In addition, the Kunsthalle houses the Department of prints and drawings: with more than 200,000 hand drawings and graphic sheets, including large holdings of graphics by Albrecht Dürer as well as 350 sheets by Pablo Picasso, it is one of the largest in Europe. But the New Media have been incorporated in the collection as well: the installation „Writing through the Essay ‘On the Duty of Civil Disobedience‘ by John Cage, an important early statement in dealing with light, sound and movement in contemporary art, is presented in an own room. Nam June Paik, the father of video art, is represented in Bremen by his “Niche for Bremen” and the “Video Synthesizer”. The Kunstverein sponsors current art movements by presenting the “Böttcherstraße in Bremen” art award and arranging exhibitions of the “Förderkreis für Gegenwartskunst” (“Society for the Promotion of Contemporary Art”).
In August 2011 the Kunsthalle re-opened in new splendour, substantially extended and modernized. The two wings of the extension, designed by Berlin architects Hufnagel Pütz Rafaelian, enclose and emphasize the original building of 1849 in a classical style. A new visitor attraction is an installation, which the American light artist James Turrell conceived especially for the Kunsthalle, and which has been integrated directly into the building architecture: The work, which is called “Above – Between – Below”, extends over three museum levels, the likes of which may not be found elsewhere.
Erwachsene 8,00/ermäßigt 5,00 EUR/ Kinder 0-5 Jahre frei/6-21 Jahre 3,50 EUR/(abweichende Eintrittspreise bei Sonderausstellungen);
Adults 8,00/reduced 5,00 EUR/children 0-5y free/6-21y 3,50 EUR (different prices for temporary exhibitions)
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