Bremen Art Gallery

The Kunsthalle Bremen is a major German art museum that has earned a high reputation for its changing exhibitions.
A group of initially 34 art-interested merchants around the senator Hieronymus Klugkist founded the Kunstverein in Bremen in 1823 with the aim of "spreading and educating the sense for beauty", limiting themselves to the fine arts. Shortly after the founding, hand drawings and prints from an important Bremen collection were acquired by signing shares, probably also to prevent them from being lost to the city. Membership was initially limited to 50, then grew to 575 within three years after the limit was lifted in 1843. The first 20 years of the association's activity also included public art exhibitions, from the proceeds of which the business activity and the acquisition of works of art were financially secured. From 1843 on, the exhibitions were organized in cooperation with the art associations in Hanover, Lübeck, Greifswald and Rostock, a strategy that was continued through intensive contacts with the art associations and the friends of the museums in Hamburg, Hanover, Stuttgart and other cities. We also coordinate exhibition projects with these houses. The Kunstverein in Bremen is still the sole sponsor of the Kunsthalle Bremen and now has around 9000 members. Under the chairmanship of Georg Abegg, the building was both remodeled on the inside (opened in 1998) and expanded with laterally flanking annexes by the Berlin architectural firm Hufnagel Pütz Rafaelian (construction period 2008-2011). Since October 2020, Nicole Lamotte has presided over the Kunstverein as its first chairwoman.
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