The German Art Affair

The German Art Affair
The Städel Museum in Germany , Photo Credit: posztos /

Art, history and culture walk hand-in-hand in Germany. Libraries, museums, and art centres, here is a guide of what not to miss

OT Staff
December 25 , 2020
06 Min Read

Germany has had a long-standing affair with art, history and culture. And the same has been preserved over the years in the form of museums, art works, sculptures and scripts including other means. With the advent of technology, most places are also digitally preserving the unique history, and offering various virtual tours. The historically significant country still retains its old world charm and gives travellers a chance to walk through the opulent hallways of these art centres and travel back in time. Here are 8 places that should be on your bucket list to witness world class art in Germany:

The Pinakotheken
The Alte Pinakothek gallery in Munich
The Pinakotheken galleries, namely Alte Pinakothek (Old Picture Gallery), Neue Pinakothek (New Picture Gallery) and Pinakothek der Moderne (Modern Picture Gallery), for a part of the galleries of the Bavarian State Paintings Collection in Munich. The Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest and a world renowned gallery with as many as 700 pieces on display and it is the only German museum to have its very own Leonardo da Vinci. The Neue Pinakothek on the other hand is home to paintings and sculptures from the late 1700s to the early 20th century. Catering to a more contemporary audience is the Pinakothek der Moderne. Being one of Europe’s largest venues for modern art, architecture as well as design, it boasts of housing pieces from legends such as Picasso and Le Corbusier.


Otto Lilienthel Museum
 Inside the Otto Lilienthel Museum
Dedicated to the first known aviator, Otto Lilienthel, the museum is located in Anklam. Lilienthel’s groundwork for the aviation sector from as far back as 1873 is used even now. Not only are his accomplishments as a flight pioneer significant but also his accomplishments as a pioneer in technical, social and cultural projects are of great importance. Taking visitors back to early days, the exhibitions here display early history of human flight and demonstrate the basic flight principles as well. Apart from exhibitions on Otto Lilienthal’s aircraft and gliders design, an exhibition, ‘Dreams of Flight’ is an interesting visit. Featuring an array of imaginative but unsuccessful machines and concepts to fly, it makes for a unique topic in a technical museum.

UrbanArt at Völklinger Hütte
The car of the Gichtbühne in the Völklinger Hütte
Located in the German town of Saarland, the UrbanArt here is a collection from renowned artists all over the world. Not only that, the world cultural heritage site at Völklingen Ironworks is also the first industrial monument to be included in the Unesco World Heritage list. Highlighting the industrial heritage, each year the site also witnesses the UrbanArt Biennale which is the world’s largest urban art project. Since 2011 it has presented over 200 important artists including the likes of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Vhils amid others.

Bode Museum
The magnificent Bode Museum during sunset
Berlin is known for its abundant cultural history. And this can be best experienced through museums spread across the capital city. The Museum Island here can alone take you through 6000 years of human history. And talking about Berlin and museums, the Bode is definitely an inevitable part. Being a Unesco world heritage site, it is known for its Byzantine collection. Even though the museum is temporarily shut owing to the pandemic, it is offering virtual tours through 35 of its rooms.

Städel Museum
Inside the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany
With its foundation laid in 1815, the Städel Museum is Germany’s oldest museum foundation. And it can rightly be witnessed in the form of 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures and over 5,000 photographs and more than 100,000 drawings. Did you know that the museum offers 700 years of European art under a single roof? The works of many renowned artists—such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon—find home here. The art works at the museum focus on the Renaissance and the Baroque and also bring together collections of early Modern art. 

Böttcherstraße Bremen
The famous Böttcherstraße street post sundown
The historic museums in Bremen—Ludwig Roselius Museum and the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum—boast of their ornate brick structures and take one through the artworks from the middle ages to the present. While the Ludwig Roselius Museum is a typical patrician house of old Bremen, the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum is considered one of the most important examples of Expressionist architecture in the country. The Ludwig Roselius museum features collections that exude an aura of a middle-class North German household and the Paula Modersohn-Becker museum houses the artists’ modern paintings. In fact, this museum was the first in the world to be dedicated to the work of a female painter.

ZKM Karlsruhe
The ZKM post sundown
The ZKM Karlsruhe or the Centre for Art and Media is like no other. It is here that the analogue and digital worlds come together. This unique cultural institution was founded in order to continue classical arts into the digital age. Not just limited to one art form but spanning cross spatial arts such as paintings and sculptures and time based arts such as film, music and theatre. What’s interesting about the digital format here is that one can participate in scientific research and cultural projects while comfortably being at home. 

Dresden State Art Collections
The Dresden Castle in Germany
These art collections span over museums mainly located in the former Saxon Residence Palace, the Zwinger and the Albertinum. The collection is one of the oldest in Europe and most spectacular in the world. The opulent museums showcase their well preserved treasures in reconstructed historical buildings along with bringing stories from the past to life. Apart from their permanent exhibits, many international collaborations also showcase exhibits at temporary sites. 

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with German National Tourist Office, India.


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