After 61 years, the Museum of Fine Arts finally has regained a permanent address. The new building on the former Sachsenplatz was opened on December 4th, 2004.
The building offers more than 7,000 sqm space for exhibitions presenting the permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions on four floors. The museum presents masterpieces from 15th to 21st century, whereby the highlithts are the paintings of the late middle ages, the Dutch paintings of the 17th century and the German Art of the 19th century. Moreover, emphasis is put on the works of Max Klinger and the paintings of the artists that belong to the “Leipzig school” and their successors.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig has been founded a private initiative by committed citizens in 1858 which is why it has the prominent profile of a civil collection. Ever since the inventory has continuously been expanded to an total amount of about 3,000 paintings and 1,000 sculptures, mainly through private donations and patronages. The Museum of Fine Arts owns about 60,000 drawings, graphics and water-paintings. The art library of the museum is one of the biggest in Germany with its almost 100,000 books.
The building has been the very first construction of a museum in the new federal German states after 1945. In 2001 the museum has been admitted to the “Blaubuch”, which documents the museums’ prominence among cultural facilities of national importance. Inside the big cube a classic museum architecture is combined with high cubic patios and inner yards reaching several floors. The wide window fronts and the four entrances opening to all directions link the building with the city centre. Future intentions are to frame the cube by four marginal buildings reminding of the city’s former urban historic structure, two buildings are already realised.the Dutch paintings of the 17th century and the German Art of the 19th century. Moreover, emphasis is put on the works of Max Klinger and the paintings of the artists that belong to the “Leipzig school” and their successors.
Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig - Architecture
Like a cool monolith, the new building of the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig rises on former Sachsenplatz. With its 36 m height, the cube, which was furnished with a glass shroud in 2008, towers high above the surrounding buildings. Through the large window fronts, one can see from outside the defining architectonical motif in the inside of the building: the high patios and inner yards let into the cube, which allow room constellations full of change and contrast. Surprising, sometimes dramatic see-throughs, wonderful views on the surrounding urban landscape, and a permanent contrast of rooms of different heights and sizes alternating with inner yards make the tour of the new museum a real pleasure. The building was constructed following a concept of the Berlin architects Hufnagel, Pütz, Rafaelian and it is the new home of the great collection of the Museum of Fine Arts. On five floors – one basement, ground floor and three top floors, it has 7,000 sqm for exhibitions open to the public. There are five more intermediate floors that form an internal area and accommodate the supplies, archives, restoration workshops and administration offices. The building has four entrances, one in each direction. Three entrances lead into high inner yards with a shelly lime floor and wall panels made of shelly lime and fair-faced concrete, designed as public areas. Passers-by have the opportunity to pass the building as if through one of Leipzig’s frequent passages. A café and a bookstore open towards the yards, underlining this connection to the public area. One has to pass another door to enter the reception hall of the museum, accentuated by wooden floors and wall pa nelling. The passage motif shows how the new building of the Museum of Fine Arts is oriented along the original scale and the functions of the surrounding old city. According to the plans of the architects, the cube of the museum building shall be surrounded by four Lshaped detached buildings, which in their measures shall take up the eaves heights and building volumes of the old city of Leipzig. Of these planned buildings, so far only a corner house has been realized, housing the Museum of Urban History. The interior of the building is characterized by the sparing and concentrated use of materials. Fair-faced concrete dominates the inner yards and patios, while the exhibitions halls are painted in white and in color, with classic wooden floors. The three stairways accessing the floors are panelled with oak wood.
5 € / 3,50 € (Dauerausstellung / permanent exhibion); 8 € / 5,50 € (Wechselausstellung / current exhibion);
Am 1. Mittwoch im Monat Eintritt frei (free on 1st Wednesday in month); bis 18 Jahre Eintritt frei (free until the age of 18)
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