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1969 Bernhard Sprengel donated his big collection of modern art to the city Hannover. Now the Sprengel Museum houses a diverse collection of modern paintings, sculptures and other items. The Museum is famous for its exhibitions of Emil Nolde, Horst Antes, Kurt Schwitters and Niki de St. Phalle.
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Something for rainy days..... The modern art collection of the Sprengelmuseum Hannover is one of the biggest in Germany I would say. The museum has so many great pieces but not enough room to show all, so many art pieces of Max Ernst for example are in the cellars of the museum what ´s a shame....The collection extent loads of art works of Picasso, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Hans Arp, and last but not least Kurt Schwitters with an imitation of the Merzbau for example and a lot of Dada art pieces.....
The organisation of the exhibitions is one of the exceptional qualities of the museum. Special mention must be made of the spaces devoted to individuals such as Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Léger, Max Ernst, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee and Max Beckmann.
The unique collection of works by Kurt Schwitters, and the one of a kind 'Cabinet of Abstraction' by El Lissitsky are the highlights of period from 1920 until the war. Other elements of the collection include notable groups of artworks by Hans Arp, Lyonel Feininger, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Emil Schumacher, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell, in which many of this century's most significant pieces can be viewed.
Another category which forms a bulk of the collection is devoted to classical Modern Art, composed primarily of paintings and sculptures from the first half of the century. Important artists' groups, such as 'Die Brücke' and 'Der Blaue Reiter', movements (Surrealism, Cubism) and personalities (Dix, Boccioni) are represented by a gamut of individual pieces. One of most individual characteristics of the museum are the rooms composed by an artist as an installation. The reconstructed 'Cabinet of Abstraction' by El Lissitzky and the recreation of Kurt Schwitters' Merz room provide two exceptional but very different types of spatial composition for the viewer. The new room featuring four light installations by James Turrell continues this tradition in a contemporary vein.
In 1968 Dr. Bernhard Sprengel gave his extensive collection of modern art to the city of Hannover and donated a considerable sum of money for the construction of the museum. The city of Hannover and the federal state of Lower Saxony agreed to finance the construction and run the museum together. In the Sprengel Museum Hannover you find besides the Bernhard Sprengel collection objects of art owned by the city and the federal state of Lower Saxony. This makes the museum one of the most important centres of modern art. The exhibition is not structured in an encyclopedical way but puts the focus on certain styles such as German expressionism, French cubism, abstract art after the Second World War, and movements like Minimal Art, Informel, Nouveau Realisme, Concept Art and Postminimal Art.
The Sprengel museum
Great modern museum with frequently changing expositions of all kind of artists, modern to historical ones. Besides a basic exposition that doesn´t change. Also often expositions of photographers.
A top modern art museum! Make sure not to miss the lightrooms!! Amazing pieces of art and the darkest place I've ever been to! The rest os great as well. Changing exhibitions!
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