Museum

The MdbK encourages people to connect – with other people, with their own surroundings, and with art. We create spaces for exchange and contemplation – for thinking, laughing, remembering, debating, lingering, researching, designing, learning, questioning and enjoying.

Mission Statement

The Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig encourages people to connect – with other people, with their own surroundings, and with art. We create spaces for exchange and contemplation – for thinking, laughing, remembering, debating, lingering, researching, designing, learning, questioning and enjoying.

inviting
The MdbK is an authentic place for sensory experiences. Art works promote discourse, interaction and education. With its open architecture, with its courtyards and permanent exhibition areas that are accessible free of charge, the museum offers a multifaceted society the preconditions for meeting, taking time out and sharing (new) knowledge. Participatory programmes, events and exhibitions are the basis for our institution and for inviting participation. We recognize each individual’s different background in life, knowledge and experience as expertise in its own right and we consider this an enrichment.

diverse
The MdbK positions itself as an inclusive, accessible and anti-discriminatory museum. In our programmes, we bring different generations into dialogue and offer space for marginalized perspectives. Together with diverse interest groups, we continue to develop our anti-discrimination activities, particularly with regard to gender equality, transnationality and inclusion. We are committed to strengthening diversity within our collection.

inspiring
The museum collection comprises works from seven centuries, predominantly from European art history. A focus is on art from the 20th and 21st centuries from Leipzig and on its place in an international context. We are intensively engaged with the collection in its development through history, including its gaps, and we critically examine contexts of injustice. Our events, exhibitions and research are linked to this. At the same time, we are developing formats for active participation that deal with socially relevant topics.

reliable
With professionalism and a sense of responsibility, we pursue the museum tasks defined by ICOM (Prague, 24 August 22). In addition, the MdbK is a municipal institution that is engaged in the implementation of the strategic objectives and guidelines formulated by the city council. As an educational institution, the museum connects with other institutions and seeks external expertise. At the same time, we see ourselves as a team of experts and seek to make our work and decision-making processes transparent. The MdbK supports the idea of open access and aims at enabling public access to the collection and institutional knowledge. Thus we use digital and analogue media in communicating our projects.

engaged
We live by fundamental democratic values. The appreciation of people, cultural assets and resources determines our actions both inwardly and outwardly. Together with other actors and visitors, we participate in social transformation processes. We use our resources of staff, time and material wisely. We are mindful of sustainability and quality. Fairness, pleasure, openness and creativity are important aspects of our daily work. We seek to deal with errors constructively and to grow continually. The MdbK is an institution that values self-critique and learning.

living
We understand art as the intellectual and cultural heritage of humankind and are convinced of the relevance of the museum as a non-profit, public space in a diverse (urban) society. We would like to shape the MdbK for future generations in a lively and responsible manner. We warmly welcome anyone interested to join us.

History

Stephan Huber, Stiftermosaik, 2004, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2024
Stephan Huber, Stiftermosaik, 2004, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2024
The first museum building on Augustuplatz
The first museum building on Augustuplatz
The museum building with the extensions from 1886
The museum building with the extensions from 1886
The museum building with the extensions from 1886, historical photo
The museum building with the extensions from 1886, historical photo
Exhibition hall in the museum building on Augustuplatz
Exhibition hall in the museum building on Augustuplatz
The Reichsgericht from 1895
The Reichsgericht from 1895
Exhibition hall 'Old Masters' in the Reichsgericht
Exhibition hall 'Old Masters' in the Reichsgericht

The MdbK is one of the oldest art museums in Germany and can be traced back to the bourgeoisie's passion for collecting art in the 19th century. One of the outstanding art collectors was Maximilan Speck von Sternburg, who amassed a treasure trove of paintings while travelling in Europe. He was one of the founding members of the Leipzig Art Association, which was established in 1837 with the aim of amassing an art collection. After the "Städtisches Museum" was established in the Erste Bürgerschule in 1848, the art collection moved into a new building on Augustusplatz in 1858. The building was made possible by the legacy of Adolf Heinrich Schletter, who had bequeathed considerable assets and his collection of French art to the city in 1853. The prominent location on the city's largest public square emphasises the appreciation of Leipzig's citizens.

While the Kunstverein acquired contemporary art from the outset, works by Old Masters were also added to the art collection from private and municipal collections. Over the course of the 19th century, the collection continued to grow through further donations, endowments and bequests, making an extension necessary. Once again, it was a Leipzig citizen who made it possible: with funds from the merchant Dominic Grassi and according to the plans of the city planning officer Hugo Licht, the museum was extended by two wings in 1886.
The MdbK dominated Augustusplatz like a palace complex.

The museum building fell victim to a bomb attack in 1943. From 1952 to 1997, the MdbK was provisionally housed in the former Reichsgericht, which is now home to the Federal Administrative Court. In 1996, Leipzig City Council decided to rebuild the MdbK on Sachsenplatz. The topping-out ceremony was celebrated on 30 April 2001 and on 4 December 2004 - exactly 61 years after the destruction of the old museum - the new MdbK was opened.

Architecture

View from Marketplace, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
View from Marketplace, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Main entrance Katharinenstraße 10, Blick vom Marktplatz, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Main entrance Katharinenstraße 10, Blick vom Marktplatz, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Max Klinger: Beethoven, 1902 at entrance courtyard  Katharinenstraße, Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Max Klinger: Beethoven, 1902 at entrance courtyard Katharinenstraße, Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
View from Brühl with  Çihan Cakamak, Tenseness (2023), Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
View from Brühl with Çihan Cakamak, Tenseness (2023), Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Stairwell, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Stairwell, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Eckterrasse 2. OG, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Eckterrasse 2. OG, Foto: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Exhibition view Permanent Collection, Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Exhibition view Permanent Collection, Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Exhibition rooms Renaissance, Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM
Exhibition rooms Renaissance, Photo: Alexander Schmidt/PUNCTUM

Designed by Berlin architects Hufnagel / Pütz / Rafaelian, the 36-meter high glass cube peeks out of the surrounding structures. Courtyards and terraces surround the museum complex and blend into the city through adoption of the architectural style of the Leipzig passages. The generosity of space inside is uniquely defined through its play with different visual axes and an outlook onto the urban landscape. The material fusion of glass, concrete, limestone and oak mark the interior, endowing it with a vibrant appeal. The presentation of contemporary artworks and installations that are integrated into the design of our corridors, terraces, and courtyards demonstrate a skilful meeting of art and architecture.

Library

The Readingroom, Foto: PUNCTUM, Leipzig
The Readingroom, Foto: PUNCTUM, Leipzig

The MdbK has a reference library with free access for everyone. Staff is always available to assist you with the use of our resources. If you wish to conduct extensive research in our library, please give us a call beforehand.

One of Germany’s largest museum libraries, our art historical collection comprises 100.000 items. The library’s origination dates back to the year 1837, when citizens of Leipzig founded the local art society, which would later also be responsible for the establishment of our museum. Our library is oriented towards suiting the museum’s collections, and draws contemporary literature about art from regional and international circles. A particular focus is set on art and culture from a time span between the 17th and the 19th century. Important source material for art historical literature ranges from guides about European art centers to contemporary monographs and a unique collection of rare exhibition catalogues. The library holds international collections catalogues, as well. 

The library is open on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment (T: +49 341 216 999 56, M: sebastian.stumpe@leipzig.de).

Contact
Team MdbK

Directorate

Dr. Stefan Weppelmann, Director

Dr. Jeannette Stoschek, Deputy Director, Head of Collections

Gabriele Pätow, Secretary to the Director
+49 341 216 999 20

Dr. Sabine Hoffmann, Academic Assistant to the Director
+49 341 216 999 19

Dr. Sylva Dörfer, Head of Communication and Participation
+49 341 216 999 50

MdbK [in transit]

Sithara Weeratunga, Agent for Diversity / 360° - Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation
+49 341 216 999 51

Olga Vostretsova, Agent for Diversity / 360° - Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation
+49 341 216 999 63

Collections

Dr. Jeannette Stoschek, Head of Graphic Collection
+49 341 216 999 40

Dr. Jan Nicolaisen, Head of Painting and Sculpture
+49 341 216 999 45

n.n., Kurator Malerei 20. und 21. Jh., Graphik 21. Jh.

Dr. Philipp Freytag, Curator Photography and Media Arts
+49 341 216 999 64

Dr. Ulrike Saß, Provenance Research
+49 341 216 999 62

Susanne Petri, Research Assistant, Documentation and Graphic 20th Century
+49 341 216 999 12

Sabine Schmidt, Staff member for Digitalisation, Reproductions and Digital Documentation
+49 341 216 999 18

Linda Wagner, Loan Management & Collection Registry
+49 341 216 999 28

Ulrike Milde, Loan Management & Collection Registry
+49 341 216 998 23

Marko Kloss, Collection Manager
+49 341 216 999 44

Uwe Wagner, Collection Manager
+49 341 216 999 31

Louise Charlotte Schmidt, Assistant Curator
+49 341 216 999 29

n.n., Kuratorische Volontärin

Restoration

Rüdiger Beck, Head
+49 341 216 999 25

Theresa Bräunig, Head
+49 341 216 999 25

Antje Hake, Paintings Conservator
+49 341 216 999 61

Sarah Storz, Paper Conservator
+49 341 216 999 22

Library & Artist Archive

Sebastian Stumpe, Librarian
+49 341 216 999 56

External Collections / EVELYN RICHTER & URSULA ARNOLD ARCHIV of the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung

Dr. Jeannette Stoschek, Head

Art Education

Carolin Rothmund, Head
+49 341 216 999 27

Hermine Brietzel, Art Mediator (on parental leave)
+49 341 216 999 49

Kirsten Lemm, Art Mediator
+49 341 216 999 58

Anna Jäger, Art Mediator, Booking Service
+49 341 216 999 23

Julia Bröker, Scientific Trainee
+49 341 216 999 43

Public Relations, Marketing & Event

Jörg Dittmer, Head
+49 341 216 999 42

Sonja Lucia Gatterwe, Press and Online Communication
+ 49 341 216 999 26

Dirk Kuntze, New Media
+ 49 341 216 995 30

Ulrike Otto, Press and Visitor Services
+ 49 341 216 999 14

Lena Dahlberg, Scientific Trainee
+ 49 341 216 999 34

Fundraising & Rentals

Katrin Siegmeyer, Employee
+49 341 216 999 47

Administration

Anne-Kathrin Herrmann, Head
+49 341 216 999 15

Janet Schirmer, Clerkess/ Museum shop
+49 341 216 999 36

Tim Sachse, Sachbearbeiter/Museumsshop
+49 341 216 999 16

Security & Facility Management

Torsten Cech, Head
+49 341 216 999 30, Mobil: +49 175 2088018

Sven Hottenrott, Museum Carpenter
+49 341 216 999 38

Karsten Hummel, Building Services
+49 341 216 999 39

Dennis Kuhn, Haustechniker
+49 341 216 999 39

Jens Wuttke, Techniker haustechnische Anlagen
+49 341 216 99 969