Artists such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Picasso and Beuys are immortalised at the most well-loved art museums in the state. Establishments such as Museum Folkwang, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and Museum Ludwig present key works by the most influential painters, sculptors and photographers in their exhibitions. Art lovers and newcomers can look forward to an inspiring journey through the ages and styles on a tour. And at most of the establishments, the architecture itself is an artwork worth visiting.
Please note that interested parties should check the websites of the museums to see whether dates and opening times have changed. There you will usually find information on behavioral requirements, access limits and hygiene measures as well.
Museum Folkwang in Essen
Once known as the “prettiest museum for modern art”, the museum Folkwang still counts as one of the most renowned German art museums. The significant collection of the house includes among others works of Cézanne, van Gogh or Manet. Top-class temporary exhibitions complement the repertoire.
Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud in Cologne
The large exhibition presents European art spanning a total of 700 years. In three thematic sections, visitors can familiarise themselves with works dating from the Medieval and Baroque periods in art, as well as Impressionism and Modernism. Masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Dürer and Liebermann are represented.
Pablo Picasso Art Museum in Münster
The art museum Pablo Picasso in Münster is the first and only Picasso museum in Germany. Behind listed building facades midst Münsters old town, it accommodates more than 800 lithographs of Picasso, in its unity a worldwide one-off collection.
Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf
The exhibition venues K20, K21 and F3 Schmela Haus, known as “place of art”, “place of artists” and “place of discussions”, in Düsseldorf exhibit art works of classical modern and contemporary art. The K21 at the Ständehaus primarily offers room for temporary exhibitions.
Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal
The internationally renowned museum attracts art lovers with its large collection that is presented in different sections. The collection includes art from the 1st millennium up to the present age. It focuses on impressionism, expressionism and the twenties.
Moyland Castle in Bedburg-Hau
Since its restoration in the 1990s the neo-gothic water castle is a significant museum for modern and contemporary art. Besides others the foundation museum Schloss Moyland possesses the world’s largest collection of art works from Joseph Beuys and is a research centre of international degree. Moreover historical gardens stretch around the castle at the Lower Rhine.
Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn
Living culture and promoting cultural exchange: The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany serves an official function. The facility shows up to four exhibitions simultaneously. The establishment also offers high-quality events, media conferences and concerts.
The rooms display graphic gems, paintings from several centuries, treasures from the Düsseldorf School of Painting, icons of photographic history and exceptional craft and design art as well as important glass art. Impressive sculptures astound the viewers. Music lovers get their money’s worth at the Kammerkonzertsaal.