Historically, the paintings in the collection of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel can be traced back through several lines. Besides its own acquisitions, there are additional holdings that were collected by Kiel University in its long history, including several works by Dutch painters.
Founded in 1843, the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association is largely responsible for creating and expanding the profile of today’s collection. The association initially focused on works of contemporary art from the region. In addition, it specifically collected German painting since the late 18th century and the Danish Golden Age.
In the 20th century, paintings of German impressionism, expressionism and New Objectivity found their way into the collection and, since 1970, the focus of the board of directors has been on international contemporary art. Works of art informel, concrete and constructive art and op art are represented in the collection today, as are outstanding paintings by artists such as Miriam Cahn, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Imi Knoebel and Gerhard Richter.
The Kunsthalle can rely on the generous support of sponsors such as the Circle of Patrons of the Kunsthalle e.V. and the
Karl-Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-Foundation.