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Freunde der Kunsthalle e. V. (Friends of the Kunsthalle)

For the Friends of Kunsthalle, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is at the heart of all activities. With more than 18,000 members, it is the biggest »fan club« of a museum in Germany. The Friends of the Kunsthalle provide financial resources for exhibitions, acquisitions and publications. In their museum shop, they sell catalogues and other publications by the Kunsthalle. They finance an academic traineeship named after the founder of this circle of friends, Gustav Pauli. The Young Friends and the Friends Advanced offer younger members or those particularly interested in »young art« a tailored programme with guided tours, workshops and excursions.

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Malschule in der Kunsthalle e. V.  (Art School) 

Some 2,000 members of the Art School have supported the museum’s educational work with children since 1967. One focus of the Art School lies on enabling cooperation projects with schools in socially deprived areas. The Art School also supports the educational work involved in the Hamburger Kinderzimmer (The Hamburg Nursery) by the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.


»Die Meisterzeichnung«.
Freunde des Hamburger Kupferstichkabinetts e. V.
(The Masterdrawing.
Friends of the Hamburger Kupferstichkabinett) 

The collection of the Kupferstichkabinett at the Hamburger Kunsthalle comprises more than 130,000 drawings and prints, thus counting among the most prominent graphic collections on an international scale. The highlights of the holdings include works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffael, Brueghel, Dürer, Rembrandt, Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Edward Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann. The association Die Meisterzeichnung. Freunde des Hamburger Kupferstichkabinetts e. V., founded in 1980, supports the work of the Kupferstichkabinett. It is aimed at committed art enthusiasts and supporters who wish to contribute to further expanding the collection at the highest level. 


Förderkreis Horst Janssen in der Hamburger Kunsthalle
(Support Group Horst Janssen at the Hamburger Kunsthalle)

With over 8,000 works, the Hamburger Kunsthalle holds the world’s largest collection of works by Horst Janssen (1929–1995). Together with the generous support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder (Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States) and private donors, the museum acquired one of the artist’s most significant series from the estate of Hartmut Frielinghaus in 1997. To adequately represent Janssen’s work and to honour the memory of his printer Frielinghaus, the support group Förderkreis Horst Janssen in der Hamburger Kunsthalle was founded that same year. The support group, of which Janssen’s daughter Lamme is also a member, has committed to supporting the Kunsthalle in the academic work related to the Janssen archive and exhibitions on the artist. Furthermore, the graphic works, documents and photographs from the substantial Janssen estate of the Hamburg-based collector Gerhard Schack (1931–2007) will be filed and digitalised in full within the next years.