The Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg is characterised by its unique collection of modern sculptures. Here, particular focus is placed on the key works of Wilhelm Lehmbruck.
This museum succeeds the Kunstmuseum Duisburg, which was founded in 1924 in a separate location. During the Nazi regime, the Kunstmuseum Duisburg lost around 100 works, including works from the most important period of Lehmbruck's artistic career (1910–1918). The building in which the museum is currently housed was designed by Lehmbruck's son, Manfred, in 1958. The museum was opened in 1964, featuring the Lehmbruck wing and the glass hall. An extension was built in 1987. In 2009, the Lehmbruck Museum was able to acquire the vast estate left behind by the sculptor: 33 sculptures, 18 paintings, 11 pastels, 819 drawings and 260 graphic prints.
The museum contrasts art from the born and bred artist from Duisburg, which can be classified as Classic Modernism, with sculptures from different eras. These range from cubist works, to abstract and expressionistic artworks, to constructivist and minimalistic masterpieces. Many important 20th- and 21st-century artists are featured in the collection, for example Joseph Beuys, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Rebecca Horn, Anish Kapoor, Käthe Kollwitz, Meret Oppenheim and Jean Tinguely.
A visit to the Lehmbruck Museum is an absolute must for all fans of sculpture from both within and outside the Metropolis Ruhr. With the sculptures "Femme au chariot", "The Forest" and "The Leg", the museum is also home to the most significant group of works by Alberto Giacometti in Germany – as well as to significant works of German painting which date back to the 19th century.
At the Lehmbruck Museum, there are no fixed boundaries between indoors and outdoors, nature and art. The incredibly open architecture of the museum – which is located in the middle of the Immanuel-Kant-Park – follows the principle "art is for everyone". In accordance with this principle, approximately 40 large sculptures from artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tony Cragg or Henry Moore can be found in the public park surrounding the Lehmbruck Museum.
The wide-ranging art mediation programme also enables people to access art on all levels. For example, while families are able to create and design in the "City Atelier", older fans of art can take on the role of "art associate" and participate in the museum's work through projects of their own.
20. August 2020 – 18. July 2021
The 1920s was a decade of extremes. The years between the two World Wars saw life oscillate between exuberance and crisis, glamour and tragedy to an almost unprecedented extent. The political and social upheavals caused by the First World War prompted artists such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz and Otto Pankok ...
06. May – 05. September 2021
Nevin Aladağ’s most recent works are fantastic music instruments: Her “resonator percussion” and “resonator wind” are celebrating their German premiere at the Lehmbruck Museum. Her sound sculptures consist of various different instruments or rather their mouthpieces. Musicians can choose to play trumpets, tubas, flutes or pan pipes or on drums, a cabasa, bells or an ...
26. June – 01. November 2021
When Joseph Beuys was awarded the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize of the City of Duisburg in January 1986, a few days before his death, he surprised everyone present when, in a speech that has become legendary today, he thanked his “teacher” Wilhelm Lehmbruck. An illustration of one of Lehmbruck’s works triggered an initial spark in the ...
27. November 2021 – 30. January 2022
In enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Interessengemeinschaft Duisburger Künstler*innen zeigt das Lehmbruck Museum die Ausstellung „Vor Ort 2021”. Aus 119 Bewerbungen hat eine Jury im Dezember vergangenen Jahres 39 Werke von 21 Künstlerinnen und 19 Künstlern ausgewählt, die eng mit der Stadt Duisburg verbunden sind. Neben bedeutenden Vertreter*innen der Duisburger Kunstszene präsentiert die Ausstellung auch eine ...
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