Picks for things to do in January

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USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

Make time during these first weeks of the New Year to explore some of the many museums and galleries in and around Stuttgart. These stormy, rainy, and gray days are ideal for a few quiet and educating indoor activities. Take your pick from the following suggestions.

The Stuttgart State Gallery’s collection spans 700 years and features paintings, sculptures and other exhibits dating from the 14th century German, Dutch and Italian art to the 21st century contemporary art. The gallery consists of two buildings: the Old State Gallery built between 1838 and 1843, and the New State Gallery, designed in 1984 by British architect James Sterling. Currently, the state gallery features “The Master of Messkirch,” Catholic Splendor during the Reformation until April 2. Tickets to the exhibition cost €10. Art lovers can purchase tickets online.

The Kunstmuseum, or art museum, features works of art from the late 18th century to present. The museum’s main emphasis is on a collection of pieces from German painter Otto Dix. The museum is located in a 26-meter-high glass cube, offering space for four exhibition areas as well as a bar and restaurant. Currently, featured is “Patrick Angus” Private Show until April 8. The Museum opened in 2005. Admission is €11.

The Schauwerk in Sindelfingen presents contemporary art from the Schaufler collection. During the span of 30 years, the couple, Peter Schaufler and Christiane Schaufler-Münch, established one of the largest private art collections in Germany. Exhibits come from German and international artists mainly from Italy, France, Asia and South America. A “Pinc Kommt!” (“Pink is up and coming!”) exhibition featuring works of Rupprecht Geiger (1908-2009), one of the most important abstract artists of the German post-war Avantgarde, runs until Sept. 16. Tickets cost €8.

The Landesmuseum Württemberg, or Württemberg State Museum, is located in Stuttgart’s Old Castle. The museum’s intent is to trace back Baden-Württemberg’s history from the Stone Age to present. The current exhibition Children’s Museum Young Castle: “The Knights. Life in a Castle” will run through April 8. The exhibition is for children to explore and touch history with various events, hands-on activities, and guided tours. Young history buffs can go on an adventure to see how people worked, ate and spent their leisure time during the era of the Staufer dynasty (dynasty of German kings during the Middle Ages). Admission is €8 for adults and €5 for children between 4 and 17 years. For more information, visit the Off-Post calendar.

Note: Since Jan. 1, 2018, entrance is free of cost to the State Museum’s permanent collection including “Treasures” (ancient world, Celts and art chamber), “Legendary Art Works” (culture history in Baden-Württemberg), “Glass Collection” spanning 4,000 centuries, “Magnificent Watches and Instruments,” Musical Instruments at the House of Music (at Fruchtkasten building on Schillerplatz), and the Roman Lapidary at Stuttgart’s New Palace (Schlossplatz, open only upon request).

The Linden-Museum Stuttgart is the State Museum for Ethnology. Throughout the three floors, visitors can learn about different continents and regions to include Africa, the Orient, the South Seas, Japan, and America with exhibits of Native American culture and Central Asia. Until May 13, a “Hawai’i Royal Islands in the Pacific” exhibition will be featured. Tickets cost €12.

The Schweine-Museum, or pig museum, in Stuttgart is considered the world’s largest pig museum and highlights everything there is about our curly-tailed friends. The museum displays nearly 42,000 artifacts, including jewelry, collector’s items, household goods, dishes, sculptures, movies, books and paintings, all concerning pigs. The museum formerly accommodated the Stuttgart slaughterhouse and also offers a restaurant and beer garden. Tickets cost €5.90.

For those interested in astronomy and all the wonders of the galaxy, the Carl-Zeiss Planetarium will make for an interesting outing. The planetarium’s high-tech projector can reproduce stars and planets. The planetarium also offers surround sound, laser and multi-media shows, and exhibitions throughout the year. Also, for non-German speakers, the planetarium offers audio guides to listen to most of the shows in English. The audio guides, or ready-to-go system, consisting of a receive box and headphones, will be provided at the counter. Patrons just have to pay a €20 deposit that will be refunded once the devices are returned.  Visitors can also install an App through the planetarium’s website on their respective smartphone and bring their own headphones.  Tickets for the various shows cost between €5 and €8.