Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
The Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe with its three buildings on Hans-Thoma-Straße – the main building, the Junge Kunsthalle and the Orangerie – is one of the largest and most traditional museums in Germany. Opened in 1846, the Kunsthalle is one of the few art museums originally preserved in much of its old substance and furnishings. In the main building and in the Orangerie, 800 works from the late Middle Ages to the present can be seen all the time. The Junge Kunsthalle presents changing exhibitions especially for children and adolescents. The focus of our museum work is the preservation of the legacy from seven centuries of European art history, but also the current dialogue with the collection and its quality extension.
Much older than the building of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe is her collection. It goes back to the sex of the margraves of Baden. Shortly after 1500, when Christoph I commissioned the so-called “Markgrafentafel”, he decided on a well-known artist in Strasbourg: the Dürer student Hans Baldung Grien.
The painting standing at the beginning of the Kunsthalle collection depicts the sovereign with his wife Ottilie von Katzenelnbogen and her 15 children in adoration of the “Anna selbdritt”. In the face of Saint Anne, the patron saint of the family, the family unity around which Christoph wrestled with as much effort as the unity of his margraviate, is designed as a program.
A great-grandson of Christoph I, Margrave Friedrich V. of Baden-Durlach, collected mainly high-quality prints and drawings. He acquired in Strasbourg the sketchbook Hans Baldung Griens and a large collection of drawings. Among the acquisitions of Frederick V belonged the world’s largest collection of disc breaks and about 420 prints of Dutch mannerists, about 100 sheets by Hendrick Goltzius, about 150 engravings by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthonis van Dyck and a total of well over 1,500 works by contemporary artists.
Other collections focus on Dutch painting of the 17th century and the French from the early Baroque to contemporary art. A particularly important department is the Kupferstichkabinett. The orangery of the adjoining Botanical Garden houses a high-quality selection of 20th-century international works: from Kandinsky, Marc, Nolde, Dix and Klee to Richter or Antes. Here is also since 1973, the first German Children’s Museum.
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10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe | paintings in chronological order
1651 – 1675