Permanent Exhibition

After the previous re-arrangement, characterized by a strong international emphasis, works by the great French masters of the period are at the centre of the new permanent exhibition of 19th-century art, open from June 2014, including among others the collection’s highly popular Impressionist masterpieces (works by Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Rodin). The exhibition guides visitors through art from Delacroix to Puvis de Chavannes, from Romanticism to Symbolism.

The Collection

The Department of Art after1800 houses paintings and sculptures – altogether some 1000 – which were produced after 1800. The 19th-century French collection, with its scope reaching from Romantism to Post-Impressionism, includes paintings by Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Cézanne and Gauguin. Sculptures by Rodin and Maillol complete the picture of this period. Austrian Biedermeier is represented by Waldmüller’s, Amerling’s and Danhauser’s paintings. As for the German painting of the mid-19th century, one can get a taste from canvases by Leibl, Lenbach and Menzel, while Symbolism is evoked by Böcklin, Stuck and Khnopff, three important artists of this style. Paintings by Kokoschka, Slevogt, Utrillo, Severini and Chagall provide an image of the schools of the first half of the 20th century, whereas works by Albers, Vasarely, Anthony Caro and Abakanowicz allow an insight into the more recent tendencies. The photo and media collection founded at the end of 2010 and expanding continuously ever since is based on previously acquired photographs of artistic value. Of the 300 works of art the majority are photographs, but works by computer artists (e.g. Markku Metsämäki) and motion pictures (such as the works of Bruce Checefsky) can also be found. Among the most valuable pieces are the vintage prints of Aleksandr Rodchenko, the glass negatives documenting the construction of the Centrosoyuz designed by Le Corbusier and significant examples of the œuvre of Nathan Lerner. The collection also houses several important works by émigré Hungarian artists (such as Lucien Hervé, György Kepes, Endre Tót and Orsolya Drozdik).