Throughout its history, Stuttgart has embraced innovative art and design and this fondness for aesthetic experimentation is clearly displayed at the impressive Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. The museum is one of the most visited in Germany, offering visitors the chance to see great permanent and special exhibitions. Visitors with a love for culture will find that the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and the equally impressive Kunstmuseum, will satisfy even the strongest appetite for art.
A history of ambition
The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart started out as a provincial gallery when it was opened in 1843. In the late 20th century a bold expansion was implemented, transforming the gallery into one of Europe's most exciting museums. Now the older building holds collections of classic art stretching back from the medieval time through to the end of the 19th century. The newer building of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart houses the gallery's modern art collection, including works by Mondrian and Picasso.
An enlightening day out
It would be easy to spend a full day soaking up the artwork to be found at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. No matter how much time visitors need to enjoy the museum, they will take something positive away from the experience. On about 12,000 meters squared , spread over the old building dating back to 1843, the famous postmodern Stirling-Bau and the Steib-Hallen built in 2002, the museum presents top-class collections. The important holdings include around 400,000 works of the Graphic Collection, old Swabian panel paintings, and outstanding works of the Swabian Classicism of the 19th century. Undoubtedly, Classical Modernism with works from 1900 to 1980 represent the focus of the museum's collection. Special highlights include Oskar Schlemmer's "Figurines in Space: Study for the Triadic Ballet" from the early 1920s, the famous Weiblicher Rückenakt (Female Nude from behind) 1909–1930 by Henri Matisse, and numerous works by Picasso such as the sculpture "The Bathers" 1956.