Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
600 years of art
The Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK) is one of the most prestigious, civilian-created art collections in Germany. The construction of the new museum by the Berlin-based architectural firm Hufnagel, Pütz and Rafaelian – completed in 2004 – was the first large-scale museum construction project in eastern Germany since 1945. Its exhibition of paintings and sculptures spans three storeys and is supplemented by a section dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
The museum’s holdings include paintings from the late Middle Ages to the present, sculptures and an impressive collection of graphic art. The collection specifically focuses on Old German paintings, Dutch paintings of the 17th century, Italian drawings of the Baroque period and German art of the 19th century.
The artwork of the former GDR is extensively documented with a focus on the Leipzig School. The MdbK is a vibrant venue of contemporary art – and not only that of the New Leipzig School.