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Contemporary Art





The collection of contemporary art starts after 1945. A representative selection of collection works is shown in both the upper large barrel vault of the refectory building and in the sculpture park.
Starting from the museum's opening in 1976, sculpture art made in GDR was collected to a great extend. From the beginning of 1990, the collection was open again to international artistic developments, like it was once during the start-up phase. Hence, the museum had returned to its former conception, made by Theodor Volbehr, who created a public art collection in Magdeburg by the end of the 19th century in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum. During the last years, the collection was reorganized without any geographic, stylistic or media-specific categorization. The contemporary art scene seems like a vibrant, temporally changing system which operates with a variety of different artistic practices. In accordance with this fast moving scene, general connections are illustrated by significant artworks. Currently, the permanent exhibition includes among sculptures, paintings and videos of German artists also artworks by artists from Italy, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the United States, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Israel. Away from the big metropolitan areas, the location in Magdeburg allows to pay attention to the artistic development and to focus on less well-known impulses which stress the independent character of the collection.


By the end of the last century, the video developed to an equal artistic medium, thus creating its own understanding of images. The art museum's media collection was opened in 2002 and includes already important artworks by John Smith, Dagmar Varady, Sigalit Landau, Sean Snyder, Andrea Fraser, Beat Streuli, Nan Hoover or Hito Steyerl.



Rashid Johnson, Koji Kamoji, Ruth Francken, Hermann Glöckner
Foto (3): Hans-Wulf Kunze

The Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt, the collection of the foundation for art and culture of the municipal savings bank (Stadtsparkasse) Magdeburg, as well as private sponsors and donators and the friends of the museum are indispensable partners for realizing the museum's acquisition policy.