Museum

The foundations for the MdbK were laid in 1858, when members of the Leipziger Kunstverein realised their idea of establishing a museum with a civic foundation. Over 150 years later, the MdbK is rich in history, also reflecting that of Leipzig as a city of art.

History

the firts museumsbuilding, established 1854-1858
the firts museumsbuilding, established 1854-1858

Maximilian Speck von Sternburg was one of the great art enthusiasts of the 19th century, Marion Bühler-Brockhaus and her husband established a significant collection of French 19th century paintings, Harald Falckenberg of Hamburg is one of the best-known collectors of the present age. With their commitment, they – and many others – feature in a tradition dating back over 150 years: in 1848 the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig was founded by merchants, publishers, traders and bankers of the city of Leipzig. Since that time numerous collectors have followed in their footsteps, bestowing the museum with gifts and foundations. Their private passion and their personal eye are ever-present when touring the collection.

Architecture

Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Museumshall 1. Floor, Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Max Klinger in the permanent collection, Foto: PUNCTUM, Leipzig
Max Klinger in the permanent collection, Foto: PUNCTUM, Leipzig
Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
Foto:Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
permanent collection 17th/18th century. Foto:PUNCTUM, Leipzig
permanent collection 17th/18th century. Foto:PUNCTUM, Leipzig

Designed by the Berlin architects Hufnagel / Pütz /Rafaelian, the 36-metre high glass cube dominates the surrounding structures. The courtyards and terraces of the museum are visible from the outside, incorporating the concept of the Leipzig passages. The extent of space inside is unique, particularly in association with the manifold lines of sight and the views of the urban landscape. The materials glass, exposed concrete, limestone and oak dominate the interior, lending it an atmospheric variety. The presentation of contemporary works and spatially-related installations on the terraces, in the courtyards and stairways makes the interaction of art and architecture particularly tangible.

Library

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

Stocking almost 100,000 volumes, the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts Reference Library for Aesthetics and Art History is among Germany’s largest museum libraries. The library began in 1837 as a result of generous endowments by Leipzig citizens to the local Art Society, which later on formed the basis for establishing the museum. The library complements the museum’s collections and purchases contemporary art literature on the international and regional stages. The inventory focuses on art and art history from the 17th to the 19th centuries. In addition to a rich collection of historical and current artists’ monographs and otherwise barely traceable exhibition and auction catalogues, we find significant source material in aesthetics and art history and also guides through the important European art scenes. Further, the library focuses also on purchasing international portfolio and collection catalogues.

The Library at the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts is a reference library and is open to all. We would be pleased to advise you on how to use the material. If you plan extensive research, please contact us in advance.

Library opening hours: 

Wed

13-20 h

Tue* and Thu*   

1 3-27 h


* on appointment Tel. +49 341 216 999 32

Contact
Team MdbK

Directorship

Dr. Alfred Weidinger, Director

Direction Office

Gabriele Pätow, Head
+49 341 216 999 20

Elizabeth Youngman, Academic Trainee
+49 341 216 999 29

Luisa Senkowsky, Academic Trainee
+49 341 216 999 35

Collections

Dr. Jan Nicolaisen, Chiefcurator and Head of Paintings / Sculpture
+49 341 216 999 45

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

Dr. Frédéric Bußmann, Curator Paintings / Sculpture 19th century to contemporary art
+49 341 216 999 13

Dr. Marcus Andrew Hurttig, Curator Graphic Collection
+49 341 216 999 17

Susanne Petri, Academic Assistant
+49 341 216 999 12

Dr. Birgit Brunk, Provenance Research
+49 341 216 999 26

Externe Sammlungen

Evelyn Richter und Ursula Arnold Archiv der Ostdeutschen Sparkassenstiftung

Kim Janke, Academic Assistant
+49 341 216 999 53

Restoration

Rüdiger Beck, Chief Conservator
+49 341 216 999 25

Antje Hake, Painting Conservator
+49 341 216 999 25

Bettina Kosel, Paper Conservator
+49 341 216 999 22

Heidi Lennig, Paper Conservator
+49 341 216 999 22

Sammlungs­­­­Verwaltung

Sebastian Grandlich-Ferl, Depotverwalter Grafik
+49 341 216 999 44

Uwe Wagner, Depotverwalter Malerei und Skulptur
+49 341 216 999 31

Library

Anka-Roberta Lazarus, Head
+49 341 216 999 32

Angelika Glaß, Librarian
+49 341 216 999 56

Digitales MdbK

Sabine Schmidt, Reproduktionen, Digitalisierung
+49 341 216 999 18

Exhibition Management

Claudia Klugmann
+49 341 216 999 28

Art Education

Hermine Brietzel, Art Education
+49 341 216 999 23

Kirsten Huwig, Art Education
+49 341 216 999 58

Annemarie Riemer, Trainee Art Education
+49 341 216 999 41

Saskia Gall, Trainee Art Education
+49 341 216 999 27

Amin Martini, Bundesfreiwilligendienst
+49 341 216 999 23

Public Relations, Marketing & Event

Jörg Dittmer, Head
+49 341 216 999 42

Sylva M. Dörfer, Marketing & Events
+49 341 216 999 50

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

Marina Roth, Assistentin Marketing & Events
+49 341 216 999 34

Administration

Barbara Krause, Head
+49 341 216 999 15

Holger Dammhahn, Case Officer
+49 341 216 999 16

Steffi Heiland, Case Officer
+49 341 216 999 36

Security & Facility Management

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

Sven Hottenrott, Carpenter
+49 341 216 999 38

Karsten Hummel, Building Services
+49 341 216 999 39

Andreas Neumann, Building Services
+49 341 216 999 26

Uwe Unger, Engineer building technology
+49 341 216 999 24

Harald Wiener, Building Services
+49 341 216 999 39

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