Collection / Sculpture New Media

Sculpture and New Media // In its collection of international art from the 19th and 20th century to the present, the Kunsthalle Mannheim possesses one of the most significant and extensive stocks of modern sculpture in Germany. Having grown to 855 sculptures and installations, it houses key works of Auguste Rodin and Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Umberto Boccioni and Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore, Franz Erhard Walther and Thomas Hirschhorn.
From the very onset, the exhibition policy and the collection concept were oriented internationally, and thanks to the foresight of the museum directors a widely varied and high-quality collection of various sculptural forms of expression have been compiled. The broad spectrum ranges from late classicism, to Jugendstil, all the way to the era of the European modernist movements of Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism; it comprises figurative sculptures from the first half of the 20th century and international sculptural art from 1945 to the present. The core of the Mannheimer sculpture collection is formed by a group of loans that the Jewish art collector Sally Falk from Mannheim gave the museum as a gift in 1921, including seven sculptures by Lehmbruck. After the Second World War, high-standard, international modernist sculptures were collected with systematic interest. Alongside the rapidly increasing stock of German sculptures, the focus was also placed on English and French sculptural art. Works by Mario Merz, Nam June Paik and Richard Long along with works by Keith Sonnier and Tony Cragg, Kiki Smith and Georg Herold, establish a bridge to the present. Recent acquisitions of Franz Erhard Walther, Tobias Rehberger and Martin Honert, large-scale pieces by Thomas Hirschhorn and Nairy Baghramian, as well as artworks by young sculptors such as Sebastian Kuhn and Nasan Tur exemplarily embody the expanded concept of sculpture since the 1960s.

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