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    Art in Every Stone

From Monastery to Museum

A museum of contemporary art located in an almost entirely preserved Romanesque architectural complex from the 11th century – this is unique and offers an unforgettable experience. On the whole, there are five floors of art and many architectural peculiarities like the crypt or the pittoresque cloister to explore. The most influential Premonstratensian monastery outside France in the Middle Ages, the complex became a school in the 17th century and now houses the city’s art museum which is the most important place for the presentation of contemporary art in Saxony-Anhalt.

Situated near the cathedral and next to the Elbe river it is not only a quiet oasis right in the city center but also a place for artistic and cultural events of all kinds, especially concerts.


The art museum in the complex of the former monastery of Our Lady seen from the outside.


Contemporary Art 

Today the Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen dedicates itself especially to national and international contemporary art of all genres. Starting from the museum‘s opening in 1975, sculpture art made in GDR was collected to a great extent. From the beginning of 1990, the collection opened again towards all international artistic developments since the 1960s.  

Currently, the permanent exhibition includes alongside the sculptures, paintings, photographies and videos by German artists also works by artists from Italy, France, Greece, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States, Poland, Japan and Israel. 


View into the presentation of parts of the collections of contempory art with works by Norbert Prangenberg and Jannis Kounellis.


Special Exhibitions

Special exhibitions range from big retrospectives to exciting new discoveries as well as thematic group shows. Art as a vivid, time-dependent and changing system is in the center of the collection and the exhibitions. For current, upcoming and past exhibitions see exhibitions



View of the media lounge with an installation of video art by Pia Maria Martin.