Currently under construction

The collection of the MdbK presents itself anew

Currently under construction

Dear visitors,

In order to provide you with new perspectives on the collections of the MdbK, parts of the permanent exhibition are currently being redesigned. The collection areas of Medieval and Early Modern Art and Baroque Art on the 2nd floor are therefore not accessible to you until 08.10.2021, we ask for your understanding.
In addition, the exhibition Caspar David Friedrich and the Düsseldorf Romanticists is being prepared in the basement. We look forward to your visit to the exhibition from 09.10.2021.

Due to the extensive renovation work, the admission price will be reduced to € 5 (or € 2.50 reduced) in the period from 24.08.2021 to 08.10.2021.

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.

In the future, 20th and 21st century paintings will be permanently exhibited on the 3rd floor. Starting with Max Beckmann, the so-called Leipzig school will be shown here in a regularly changing selection of works. Female and contemporary artistic positions are to be emphasised more strongly in order to reflect the dynamics and diversity of current trends in art and society.

The 2nd floor is mainly reserved for the so-called Old Masters. The focus here is on the Cranach workshop as well as the Dutch and Flemish paintings of the Baroque period. Here new forms of presentation and narration are used as well.

The rooms on the 1st floor, on the other hand, take up the art of the 19th century, with the works of Max Klinger standing out. At the same time, the graphic and photographic arts will also have their own rooms here. In this part, changing exhibitions on photography, graphic art and video art will find their place. The focus will be on the museum's own extensive collection of drawings, prints and photography.

Finally, the MdbK's extensive collection of sculptures will also be on display to a greater extent. For this reason, we will present sculptural works on the ground 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 multi-coloured marble can stand out. In the high and spacious surroundings of the courtyard, which opens onto the city, Klinger's work appears less formidable. Visitors no longer have to climb up to the throne, but can even look down on it from the large hall on the first floor. This actually makes the sculpture perceptible from different perspectives.

The entrance hall 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 cloakroom 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 appropriate 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 collection. 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 limitations - and are therefore considered a significant contribution to inclusive art education.

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.