Recent Acquisitions

Establishing and expanding an art collection »arouses and generates powers of the mind and heart which are otherwise dormant«. This comment in the book »Der Sammler« (1922, The Collector) by Alfred Lichtwark, first director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle, applies until today to the museum's approach to collecting.

The permanent collection is the core and vital source of every museum. Owing to a targeted acquisition strategy and its many supporters, the Kunsthalle is able to continually expand and further develop the collection. This expansion sustains the museum's vitality. We endeavour to set new accents in the collection and reinforce those existing. It remains an essential aspect for us to emphasise the international context of our main fields of collection. The Kunsthalle wishes to react to reassessments within the art of all eras and, likewise, to actively promote processes of ongoing reconsideration. Time and again, we discover relevant artists or see well-known artists from a new perspective.  

New acquisitions succeed through various donations and purchases enabled through the support of different partners. Numerous foundations are involved in the Kunsthalle's advancement, including the Campe'sche Historische Kulturstiftung and the Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlungen. The Campe'sche Stiftung has supported the Hamburger Kunsthalle for more than 100 years in the acquisition of artworks ranging from the Old Masters to Modern Art. The Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlungen has provided continual support to our museum for over 60 years by compiling the donations from foundations and private individuals.

The Hamburger Kunsthalle strives to acquire works that reflect a great variety of themes, genres and materials. Between 2016 and 2017 the inventory was supplemented by oil paintings, etchings, videos, photos and installations by international artists from all periods, such as Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Felice Giani, Charles de La Fosse, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Sigmund Lipinsky, Erich Grandeit, Otto Rohse, Armin Sandig, Tabet Rayyane and Haegue Yang.

Here we are presenting to you a selection of our recent acquisitions.

Recent Acquisitions

Annika Kahrs (*1984)

Infra Voice, 2018
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Recent Acquisitions

Jan Köchermann (*1967)

Pierced Building, 2003
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Recent Acquisitions

Philippe Vandenberg

Studie after Caravaggio, 2000-2003, and others
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Thomas Gainsborough

Landscape with Horse and Figures, ca 1780 - 1785
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Paul Thek (1933-1988)

A Station of the Cross [Kreuzwegstation], 1972
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Jose Dávila (*1974)

The riddles have been unriddled, 2017
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

Gretchens Schatten erscheint Faust, ca. 1826/27
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Charles De La Fosse (1636-1716)

Die Geburt der Minerva, ca. 1707
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Felice Giani (1758-1823)

Paolo and Francesca Surprised by Gianciotto Malatesta, 1805
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen (1886-1930)

Zwei Akte mit Mondsichel, 1919
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Prinz Gholam (*1969 / *1963)

My Sweet Country (Olympieion), 2017
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Rayyane Tabet (*1983)

Achilles' Heel, 2015
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696 - 1770)

Rest on the Flight to Egypt with two Angels, 1753 - 1762
The work in detail
Recent Acquisitions

Haegue Yang (*1971)

The Intermediate – Hairy All Over, 2016
The work in detail