Kunsthalle / Our collection / A Collection Restarted

The light-flooded new “City within the City” building will open at the end of 2017 with an unconventional new display of the collection across 5,000 square meters. // This will not be a single-file march of artistic styles but rather a bold obstacle course through two hundred years of art with international names, site-specific works, and surprising discoveries. The new Kunsthalle Mannheim earns a top spot in the European museum world not only due to its innovative architecture, but also because of its impressive acquisitions and ambitious collaborations with James Turrell, William Kentridge, Dan Graham, and Anselm Kiefer.
We examine the basic foundations of human existence though the mirror of contemporary art. How do humans position themselves in the world? What moves them? What influence can they have on their era? What we look for in art are themes and questions that influence our own lives: time and transience, home and cosmos, chaos and order, the visible and the invisible. At the same time, we bring to life key moments in our institutional history through classic masterpieces, focusing on exhibitions and impulses that the Kunsthalle has made history.
We are the first museum to create a permanent exhibition presenting fascinating insights into our six years of experience in provenance research, and thus to bring to light suppressed stories of Jewish history in Mannheim. In our first special exhibition, we put three key moments of human action under the magnifying glass. Under the rubrics space of existence, craftsmanship, and landscapes, we combine large-scale works and installations by artists such as Ulrike Grossarth, Stella Hamberg, Martin Honert, and Tahum Nevet, some of which have not been exhibited for years, with 600 ceramic, porcelain, and glass objects—in a unique debut exhibition. The effectively unknown Mannheim applied art collection, created under the Nazi dictatorship and later completed by a generous private donation, will be presented here in its entirety for the first time.

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