Museum

The cornerstones for the MdbK were laid in 1858 when members of the Leipziger Kunstverein realized their ambition to establish a museum in cooperation with a civic foundation. Over 150 years later, the MdbK is filled with history, reflecting Leipzig as a city of art.

History

the first building, constructed 1854-1858
the first building, constructed 1854-1858

Maximilian Speck von Sternburg was one of the great admirers of art in the 19th century. Marion Bühler-Brockhaus and her husband gathered a significant collection of French 19th century paintings. Harald Falckenberg of Hamburg is one of the best-known collectors of the present age. Together, they – and many others – align with a tradition that dates more than 150 years back: in 1848, the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig was founded by merchants, publishers, traders and bankers of the city. From that point in time onwards, numerous collectors have followed in their footsteps, contributing to the museum through bestowments and foundations. Their passion for art and their individual focal points are still perceivable in tours around 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 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 Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig 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. 

Library opening hours: 

Wed

1 pm - 8 pm

Tue* and Thu*   

1 pm - 5 pm


* For contact with the box office call +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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