Sprengel Museum Hannover

Sprengel Museum Hannover

Sprengel Museum Hannover
Foto: Michael Herling / Aline Gwose

The Sprengel Museum Hannover is one of the most important museums of 20th century art. When Dr. Bernhard Sprengel turned over his comprehensive collection to the city of Hanover in 1969, his generous gift provided the impetus to establish the museum. The museum was opened in 1979.

The collection includes works of German Expressionism as well as French Cubism, and ranges all the way to post-World War Two Abstract Art and stylistic movements like Minimal Art, Art Informel, Nouveau Réalisme, Conceptual Art, and Post-Minimal Art. The field of photography and media has developed into an important focus of the collection in recent years. The main focus of the Sprengel Museum Hannover collection is Classic Modern, to which the paintings and sculptures of the first half of the 20th century belong. Important artist collectives (Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter), stylistic movements (Cubism, Surrealism), and leading figures (Dix, Boccioni) are substantially represented with outstanding individual works. A special attraction of the collection is the rooms designed and created by artists. The reconstructed Cabinet of Abstraction by El Lissitzky and the reconstruction of Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau (Merz Construction) present two outstanding, yet, at the same time, totally different concepts of how to artistically design a room. This basic theme is continued in present-day art with the room newly created and designed by James Turrell that displays four different light installations. The Sprengel Museum Hannover is a living forum for art and scholarship with some 20 changing exhibitions each year, numerous symposiums and lectures series, a comprehensive didactic program, as well as having the Kurt Schwitters archive, Kurt and Ernst Schwitters Foundation, Rudolf Jahns Foundation, and the Merz bookstore resident in the institute.

address und contact
Sprengel Museum Hannover
30169 Hannover
Tel +49 (0)511 168 4 38 75
Fax +49 (0)511 168 4 50 93

opening hours
Wednesday - Sunday and on holidays 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday - 10 am – 8 pm