Kunsthalle Kiel

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The Kunsthalle zu Kiel is an art museum in Kiel and, with 2,000 m² of exhibition space, it is the largest museum in the state capital. The art gallery is located north of the city center on Düsternbrooker Weg - close to the palace gardens and the Kiel Fjord .


Lotte Hegewisch of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel donated the property in 1903 for the purpose of building an art gallery. The building was built from 1908 to 1909 according to plans by the architect Georg Lohr . On November 15, 1909, the opening ceremony was held by the chairman, Carl Neumann, of the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association . Its shell limestone facade is indebted to Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau . Two bison sculptures by August Gaul stand in front of the entrance portal .

A new stairwell was added in the 1950s. After the heavy destruction of the building in World War II and its reconstruction in 1958, an extension was built by Diethelm Hoffmann in 1986, which, in addition to additional exhibition space, made it possible to set up the painting class, the video studio and the specialist library. A new entrance area by the Sunder-Plassmann architects has opened the art gallery to the Kiel Fjord since 2012.

In addition, the art gallery has a lecture hall, a library, a study room, a small café and a sculpture garden .


The museum houses the collection of the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association, founded in 1843 . The collection of the Kunsthalle ranges from the Dürer period to the present: art of the 19th century (romantic painting and paintings by the Russian "traveling painters"), works of classical modernism (German impressionists and expressionists, new objectivity) and international art since 1945. You comprises more than 1,200 paintings and 300 sculptures, including works by Emil Nolde , Georg Baselitz , Neo Rauch and Gerhard Richter . The graphic collection includes around 40,000 works, including sheets by Rembrandt , Adolf Menzel and Otto Dix as well as photographs and video works.

The holdings are shown in presentations that change every year. In 2011 the graphic collection also got a permanent shop window. In addition, once a year an artist is invited to work on the collection presentation.

The Kiel Collection of Antiquities, established in 1895, is also located in the building, with an extensive collection of casts begun in 1838 and many original pieces. It is attached to the university . Much of the original collection was in World War II as a result of air raids destroyed.

Exhibitions (selection)




  • Dirk Luckow (ed.): Kunsthalle zu Kiel. DuMont, Cologne 2007, ISBN 978-3-8321-9011-8
  • Hans Tintelnot : The art gallery in Kiel. On the history of a museum building. North Elbingen 1960
  • Jens Christian Jensen (Ed.) 100 Years of the Kiel Week - Lyonel Feininger: paintings, watercolors and drawings, prints . Publisher: Kunsthalle zu Kiel of the Christian Albrechts University, Kiel 1982

Web links

Commons : Kunsthalle Kiel  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Lilli Martius : 125 Years of the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association 1843−1968. Published by the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association. Wachholtz, Neumünster 1968, p. 45.
  2. ^ Hartwig Beseler , Niels Gutschow: War fates of German architecture. Volume I: North. Wachholtz, Neumünster n.d., p. 9 f.
  3. Extension to the Kunsthalle Kiel. In: arch INFORM ; Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  4. New entrance for Kieler Kunsthalle NDR online, June 1, 2012, accessed on June 1, 2012
  5. Dirk Luckow , Peter Thurmann, Telse Wolf-Timm (eds.): Kiel Modern 1857: An exhibition is being reconstructed . Kiel 2007, ISBN 978-3-937208-16-9 , pp. 23 .
  6. Anke Drrzapf, Ralf Meyer: basic democracy in the museum . In: art , No. 10/2001, p. 12f.
  7. Kieler Kunsthalle under new management , in: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft from July 14, 2010, accessed on August 2, 2010

Coordinates: 54 ° 19 ′ 43 ″  N , 10 ° 8 ′ 46 ″  E