Stuttgart’s State Gallery opened its doors to the public originally as the Old State Gallery on May 1, 1843, as the Museum of Fine Arts. The anniversary will reflect on the State Gallery’s ever changing collections and its history during the “#meinMuseum- 175 Jahre Staatsgalerie” exhibition. Art lovers also have a glimpse behind the scenes of the inner museum workings.
Starting May 1, admission to the State Gallery’s permanent collection and special exhibition will be free until Aug. 26 to celebrate the historic anniversary.
More information is available at #meinMuseum.
The State Gallery is open Tuesday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The State Gallery is closed on Monday.
Background information on the State Gallery:
The State Gallery Stuttgart’s collection features paintings, sculptures and art installations ranging from 14th century German, Dutch and Italian art to 21st century contemporary art.
The Old State Gallery was built between 1838 and 1843 under the reign of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg and is one of the oldest museums in Germany.
The New State Gallery is located next to the old gallery and was designed in 1984 by the British architect James Stirling. Stirling’s complex is considered one of the most popular landmarks of postmodern architecture.
When visitors cross from one gallery to the other, they will see the architecture change between classical arches and monumental halls to modern, light-flooded rooms with glass roofs. In 2002, the newest gallery building opened its doors to the public with the “Graphic Collection,” including more than 400,000 drawings, watercolors, collages, posters and photo art.
With pieces from Picasso’s “Blue Period,” Wassily Kandinsky’s “Improvisation” and paintings by French artists Monet, Manet, Pissaro, Renoir, Cezanne and Gauguin, the State Gallery attracts visitors from all over the world.
The main contemporary art collection is located in the Old State Gallery and focuses on the European and American forms of abstract expressionism and pop art, displaying artwork by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Richard Hamilton and Andy Warhol.