Otto Dix House (Gera)

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Otto-Dix-Haus on Mohrenplatz in Gera (2008)
Installation "for Otto" at Osterstein Castle by the Gera artists Sven Schmidt and Winfried Wunderlich

The Otto-Dix-Haus in Gera is the birth house of the painter Otto Dix , it is at Mohrenplatz 4. The listed building became an art museum in 1991, for the 100th birthday of Otto Dix, which exhibits on two floors.


The Otto-Dix-Haus is located in Gera- Untermhaus next to the Marienkirche on Mohrenplatz and near the Hofwiesenpark (site of the 2007 Federal Horticultural Show ) and the former Osterstein Castle .

Building history

The listed half-timbered building was built in the 18th century. In 1946 the rear building was converted for residential purposes. In the run-up to the 100th birthday of Otto Dix, who was born in the house on December 2, 1891, the building was converted into a museum from 1988 to 1991. For this purpose, an extension was built on the west side as an access and functional wing.

Museum use


The museum's permanent exhibition includes drawings, oil paintings and printed graphics from its own holdings. In addition to works by Otto Dix, which have a permanent place, there are also changing exhibitions of other loans. In addition to the picture exhibitions, there is also a permanent exhibition unit. These are the rooms in which Otto Dix lived back then. Mainly works on paper can be seen in showcases.


In addition to the actual exhibition, the Otto-Dix-Haus provided trained museum educators and artists who looked after children and youth groups until 2007 . Works were created there in divided age groups. The groups used the exhibitions as an aid to motifs or an example of technology.

Renovation in 2016

Flood at Otto-Dix-Haus, June 3, 2013

In June 2013, the flooding of the White Elster reached the museum's ground floor. The flood damage made it necessary to renovate the building. The Otto-Dix-Haus was therefore closed on January 4, 2016, and some exhibits were put into an interim exhibition in the city ​​museum . On Dix's 125th birthday on December 2, 2016, the house was reopened with the special exhibition Otto Dix: Drawing Art with Silver Pen.


  • Anja Löffler: Monument topography Federal Republic of Germany - cultural monuments in Thuringia (Volume 3). City of Gera . Thuringian State Office for Monument Preservation and Archeology, Erfurt 2007, ISBN 978-3-937940-33-5 .
  • Siegfried Mues / Klaus Brodale: City guide Gera . Gondrom Verlag, Bindlach 1995, ISBN 3-8112-0821-7

Web links

Commons : Otto-Dix-Haus  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Marcel Hilbert: Flood damage is being repaired: Otto-Dix-Haus in Gera has been closed since January 4th. Ostthüringer Zeitung, January 5, 2016, accessed on January 5, 2016 .
  2. Otto Dix's birthplace in Gera has seen a strong increase in visitors since 2016. Ostthüringer Zeitung, December 1, 2017, accessed on July 10, 2018 .

Coordinates: 50 ° 52 ′ 56 ″  N , 12 ° 3 ′ 51 ″  E