Saturday, 10 June 2017

Germany: Sprengel Museum in Hanover

On Thursday I visited the Sprengel Museum in Hanover. 

The Sprengel Museum is named after Bernhard Sprengel, a German chocolate manufacturer, who donated his collection of modern art to the city of Hanover in 1969. The museum opened in 1979. Beside the collection of Sprengel it also houses the collection of modern art of Lower Saxony and Hanover and today it shows one of the most important modern art collections in Germany, which includes artworks by artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso or Marc Chagall. 

The museum is home to the largest collection of artworks by Kurt Schwitters, one of the most important German artists of the 1920s. The collection includes a reconstruction of Schwitters' Merzbau. Since 1994 the museum also houses the Kurt Schwitters Archive, which records the life of work of Kurt Schwitters.

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