How to Brücke-Museum: A Look behind the Scenes

What is a museum? What are its tasks and how does it work? The exhibition celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Brücke-Museum, which opened on 15 September 1967, and aims to provide a glimpse behind the scenes of museum operations. Many major works from the collection by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel will be on display. At the same time, the museum’s different tasks and sections will be introduced, along with the people who work here.


Arranged in thematic chapters, the exhibition will convey an impression of the different stages a work in the collection goes through after its initial acquisition, or what exactly a provenance researcher does. The conservation work will be exemplified using paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, and the curatorial decision as to what should actually go on show moves into focus. All the Brücke-Museum staff members participate in this process.


We not only cast a glance back at the history of the museum, but also forward to its future: How can the museum, which is essentially an analog space, be supplemented by digitization? What shape should a contemporary approach to the colonial heritage and the related issues take? And how do contemporary artists actually view the museum? This and other questions will be addressed in the presentation of the collection. In the process, there will of course be plenty of art on display, including many masterpieces from the Brücke-Museum’s collection. In accompanying table discussions, museum staff invite visitors to discuss topics such as curating, researching, preserving and mediating. The presentation will be complemented by an artistic work by Christian Jankowski.