The collection of the MdbK presents itself anew
Das MdbK stellt (sich) neu auf
Currently under construction
in order to provide you with new perspectives on the collections of the MdbK, parts of the collections are currently being redesigned. As of November 11, 2021, you will finally be able to see the new installation of Max Klinger's Beethoven in Courtyard 1 (entrance to Katharinenstraße). The Dutch Painting of the 17th century and European Artfrom the 16th to 18th Century is available on the 2nd floor. On the 3rd floor, only the Bühler-Brockhaus Collection is currently on display.
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The MdbK on the Move
The MdbK is currently working on a mission statement and is also developing new questions for the presentation of our artworks from this. By spring 2022, we will gradually make changes so that we can show our collections in their full spectrum.
Starting February 10, 2022, the entire 3rd floor will host a special exhibition on the Bilderkosmos Leipzig. Over 1500 qm will be devoted solely to figurative painting from Leipzig in the 20th and 21st century. The focus will be on the art of the GDR and the so-called "Leipzig School". At the same time, the graphic and photographic arts will have their own spaces.
The 2nd floor is dedicated to the Old Masters. New forms of presentation and narration will be attempted. At times, the public will be asked to set themes and influence the exhibition. Thus a change of perspective is proposed and the MdbK begins to dare the unexpected.
On the first floor, French art of classicism and salon painting can finally be complemented by more than 40 paintings and sculptures of French painting from Corot to Monet, which belong to the Bühler-Brockhaus donation. These rooms will then be equipped and staged with a new lighting system. Romantic art will also be displayed on the first floor. Furthermore, the work of Max Klinger (1857-1920) will be shown there in connection with art around 1900.
Finally, the extensive sculpture holdings of the MdbK are to be shown to a greater extent. For this reason, we will present sculptural works on the first floor, for example, so that the experience of art begins as soon as you enter the museum.
Klinger's Beethoven also plays a role in the context of such changes of perspective. The monumental sculpture is now presented at ground level in Courtyard 1, which faces Katharinenstrasse. The stone materials provide ideal surfaces against which the Beethoven, with its multicolored marble, can stand out. In the high and spacious surroundings of the courtyard, which opens onto the city, Klinger's work does not appear constricted and at the same time retains its monumentality. Visitors no longer have to "climb up" to the throne. Instead, they could even look at the work from the large hall on the 1st floor. This allows the sculpture to be perceived from a variety of (and new!) perspectives. It can be illuminated in the evening hours, while during the day it is bathed in natural light through the large window front.
Courtyard 1 is transformed into an area that invites visitors to linger and rest. Here, a space open to the Beethoven will be created, with seating and a checkroom for groups: the Beethoven Lounge.
The basement, with its high, almost windowless rooms as well as the mobile wall systems and special lighting situations, is the ideal place for special exhibitions.
With these new access points to our collections, the focus is also on the visitor experience: this begins with better orientation possibilities in the building. It continues with multilingualism and expanded services for people with disabilities. For example, table-like mediation stations, the so-called MdbK [hubs], will be positioned within our collections. For selected works of art, content will be provided there for hearing, seeing and touching. These stations are thus aimed equally at all visitors - regardless of whether they have impairments - and are therefore considered a significant contribution to inclusive art mediation.
The changes mentioned will be approached cautiously one after the other. We will sometimes depart from the familiar in order to discover new things and dare to take other points of view. Overall, we are responding to our diverse urban society. We're looking forward to your next visit at the MdbK in Leipzig.