The Collection

Prints and Drawings

With 40,000 artworks dating from the early 16th century to the present, the Collection of Prints and Drawings of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel is one of the larger collections of its kind in Germany

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, "Christus heilt die Kranken", (sog. Hundertguldenblatt), around 1643-1649 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Martin Frommhagen
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, "Christus heilt die Kranken", (sog. Hundertguldenblatt), around 1643-1649 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Martin Frommhagen

The whole range of genres of “art on paper” is represented in our collection: Drawings, watercolours, pastels, and gouaches, as well as an extensive collection of prints including woodcuts, copperplate engravings, etchings, aquatints and lithographs. The foundation for the collection was laid in 1862 with the purchase of the 6000 sheet collection of Ludwig Gustav Heinzelmann, a former member of the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein. Further bequests and donations followed, among them the Carl August Petersen bequest in 1880 or the Albert Hänel bequest in 1918.

Today the collection owns graphic prints from the time of Albrecht Dürer, Dutch landscape prints of the 16th and 17th centuries, and Italian prints. It likewise boasts an admirable collection of 19th-century German drawings and watercolors, and expressionist art is one of its highlights. Key German and international examples of post-World War II art are also part of the collection. Additionally we have been able to add many new acquisitions of mostly contemporary, international artists, especially in the area of photography.

Portfolio artworks, artists’ books, and ornamental prints make up a section of their own.
 

The new exhibition rooms of the Collection of Prints and Drawings

Since May 2011, the Collection of Prints and Drawings has housed its 40,000 artworks in its own 114-square-metre exhibition space. The exhibition rooms are on the upper level of the historical building and have been rebuilt and refurbished especially to suit the demands of presenting prints and drawings. Together with the appropriate lighting technology, the conditions in the rooms are now ideal for showing works on paper from the viewpoint of their conservation. New presentations are mounted in the rooms three to four times a year.

Contact person:
Dr. Annette Weisner
Phone: +49 431 88057-80
weisner@kunsthalle-kiel.de