The Kunsthalle is known for its comprehensive collection of works by old masters, but over time, this collection has been complemented by a remarkable inventory of more recent and contemporary art that is now of international renown. In recent years, no other department at the Kunsthalle has grown in reputation and scope as much as our department of art dating from the second half of the 20th century up to the present day.
A cornerstone of the Karlsruhe collection is formed by German painting from 1960 to the present day. Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Markus Lüpertz, Gerhard Richter, Raimund Girke, Imi Knoebel, Günter Förg and Pia Fries are all represented at the Kunsthalle by excellent examples of their painting. Numerous works by artists who took up teaching posts during their careers at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe – such as Fritz Klemm, Jacob Broder, Günter Umberg, Helmut Dorner and Daniel Roth – serve to reflect how the museum is also firmly rooted in the heritage of the local region.
The focus on German art is complemented by works by foreign artists. Paintings by Jean Dubuffet, Victor Vasarely and François Morellet are exhibited along with materially experimental works by Yves Klein and Antoni Tàpies. Contemporary sculptures include works by Christian Boltanski and Franz Erhard Walther, as well as formally austere works by Hubert Kiecol, Wolfgang Laib and Vincent Tavenne.
As the Kunsthalle’s inventory has been constantly developed and enriched over the centuries, the high-ranking collection of traditional painting finds a dynamic counterpart in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.