Closing Time

The Brücke-Museum will be closed from 17 June to 31 August 2024 due to fire protection measures.

The exhibition Biographies of Modern Art provides an insight into the work of provenance research at the Brücke Museum. The focus of the presentation is not on the provenance of the artworks, but on the biographies of the former owners.   It introduces eight visionary personalities who have been significantly involved in …

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel und Otto Mueller beim Schach (Erich Heckel and Otto Mueller Playing Chess, 1913, Brücke-Museum
In honour of the memory of the previous owner Dr. Victor Wallerstein (1878-1944), art historian, galleristand collector

Museum of the Year 2023

The German section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) has chosen the Brücke-Museum as Museum of the Year 2023. This is the most important award for museums in Germany.

The AICA justifies its decision as follows:
"Under the direction of Lisa Marei Schmidt, the small Brücke Museum with its Expressionist collection on the edge of Berlin's Grunewald forest has developed pioneering models of critical scrutiny of its own history and collection since 2017 and has established itself as a lively meeting place in the capital's cultural scene."

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In 1964, the artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff initiated the establishment of a museum in his city of residence Berlin to honour the artists’ group Brücke. With a donation to the State of Berlin, he laid the foundation for its collection. Just three years later, on 15 September 1967, Brücke-Museum opened in a new building designed by Werner Düttmann in Berlin’s Dahlem district. … More

Installation view of the first collection display, 1967, photo: Ingeborg Lommatzsch © Ingeborg Lommatzsch

“My dear Mr. Düttmann, now that the furore of the opening has died down, I would like to waste no time in thanking you most sincerely once again. Your building for Brücke-Museum is a creation one can’t help but praise … The building has good proportions and correct dimensions throughout … and the landscape has been incorporated in a way that is nothing short of exhilarating. It will no doubt bring cheer to each and every visitor while they are here … Yours always, KSR” … More

Outside view of Brücke-Museum, September 1967, photo: Reinhard Friedrich, Academy of Arts, Berlin, Werner Düttmann Archive, No. 33 F.33/8