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The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart's collection comprises art from early German painting from 1350-1550 to European painting from 1750-1900 to international painting, sculpture and contemporary art.
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Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 30-32
70173 Stuttgart

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1350–1550 EARLY GERMAN PAINTING (Ground floor)
The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s Old Masters collection has its origins in a core stock of Early Swabian panel painting which has been decisively expanded in the past years through the purchase of altarpieces by the Master of Messkirch and Hans Holbein the Elder. The “Wildensteiner Altar” (1536) and the “Grey Passion” (between 1494 and 1500) represent superb enhancements to holdings whose highlights include the “Herrenberg Altarpiece” (1519) acquired in 1924.

1480–1700 DUTCH AND FLEMISH PAINTING (Ground floor)
Paintings of the Netherlandish School, among them “Bathsheba at Her Bath” (ca. 1485) by Hans Memling, were already among the holdings of the onetime lords of the realm. The “Golden Age” of Netherlandish painting is impressively represented in our collection by such famous masters as Jan van Goyen, Frans Hals, David de Heem, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn and Peter Paul Rubens. The multifaceted development of the landscape genre in the second quarter of the sixteenth century can be retraced in a substantial group of Flemish landscape paintings.

1300–1800 ITALIAN PAINTING (Upper level)
The collection of Italian painting offers a variegated panorama from the Early Gothic to the Baroque. Encompassing altogether forty-four scenes from the Apocalypse of John the Evangelist, the two panel paintings by the Master of the Erbach Panels (ca. 1330/40) are among the most important works of trecento painting in any German museum. The acquisition of the “Pinacoteca Barbini-Breganze” in 1852 introduced a new emphasis on Venetian Baroque paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio and Giovanni Antonio Canal, gen. Canaletto. The painted design for Giambattista Tiepolo’s ceiling fresco in the Imperial Hall of Würzburg Palace represents a special highlight within this group.

The presentation of the various art currents of the nineteenth century is spread out over three wings of the old building. Works by such prominent artistic figures as Carl Spitzweg, Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Max Slevogt draw a remarkable picture of an era shaped by diversity and contrasts.

A unique feature within this context is the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s extensive collection of works of Swabian Neoclassicism with its most important representatives, Johann Heinrich Dannecker, Philipp Friedrich Hetsch and Gottlieb Schick. The Staatsgalerie is moreover the only museum in Germany to have in its possession a key work by the important British Pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones – his eight-part “Perseus Cycle”.

Thanks to a pioneering new lottery law, in the decades following the year 1958 the State of Baden-Württemberg had substantial funds at its disposal for the acquisition of masterpieces of modern art. The inclusion of nearly all of the great names in post-1900 international art accounts for the reputation of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s modern collection as one of the best of its kind. Right at the beginning of the circular tour of the Stirling Building’s light-flooded rooms, this circumstance is exemplified by Henri Matisse’s four monumental bronze nudes. The route continues to workgroups by the artists of the “Brücke”, the “Blauer Reiter”, and currents ranging from “Surrealism”, “Bauhaus” and “New Objectivity” to post-war German and American Pop art. The tour vividly demonstrates the parallel existence of representational and abstract art in the twentieth century.

Known for its extensive work ensembles by Willi Baumeister, Max Beckmann, Oskar Schlemmer, Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso, the Staatsgalerie celebrates these artists by devoting a major gallery to each of them. A special highlight in this context is the Beuys Room, featuring what is meanwhile the world’s only presentation of Beuys’s works to have been staged by the artist himself.

The presentation of the multifarious forms of artistic expression from the 1960s to the present leads from the old building to the two halls of the Steib Building.

It begins with a “picture puzzle” by Marcel Broodthaers: an ensemble of signs humorously questioning the role of the museum. The widely differing concepts pursued by Franz Gertsch, Rosemarie Trockel, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Koons underscore the increasing pluralization of the art of the present. In the Steib Building, Bridget Riley’s “Rajahsthan” (2012), a wall work recently purchased by the Staatsgalerie’s society of patrons, awaits the visitor along with a newly installed film room which will launch its programme with a video work by the artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Large-scale installations by Bruce Nauman, Isa Genzken and Joseph Kosuth serve as impressive demonstrations of the expansion of the museum’s contemporary art collection.
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