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CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

 

17.2. TO 26.5.24: RESTITUTION OF A PAINTING

MODIGLIANI?
TÊTE DE FEMME
Expropriated in Paris in 1941
Acquired in 1949 by the City of Hanover from the collection of Dr. Conrad Doebbeke (1889-1954) from Berlin
17.2. BIS 26.5.24

On January 26, 2024, the Cultural Committee of the City of Hanover unanimously recommended that the painting "Tête de femme" by Amedeo Modigliani (circle) be restituted to the community of heirs of the Jewish writer, journalist and artist Michel Georges Michel (1883-1985). The work was confiscated in Paris in 1941 and is now being returned after being shown once again at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover. An installation by the artist Raphaël Denis, whose work focuses on the expropriation of Jewish collectors, artists and dealers in France during the Nazi occupation and who was able to track down a decisive trace in the case of the Modigliani, provides the framework for the presentation.

RAPHAËL DENIS
LA LOI NORMALE DES ERREURS (THE NORMAL LAW OF ERRORS)

The artist Raphaël Denis (lives and works in Paris) is researching the expropriation of Jewish-owned works of art by the National Socialists in France. During the preparations for his installation "Les transactions Göring-Rochlitz" - currently on show at the Kunsthaus Zürich as part of the presentation of the Bührle Collection - Denis was able to identify an expropriated painting from the collection of the state capital Hanover, which is now kept in the Sprengel Museum Hanover. This painting, labeled "Modigliani, Portrait de femme" and signed "MGM1" on documents.

Denis examines the exchange transactions between Hermann Göring (1893-1946) and the German art dealer Gustav Rochlitz (1889-1972). Modigliani's "Tête de femme" was part of this exchange. In 1941, the painting was confiscated from the apartment of the Jewish writer, journalist and artist Michel Georges-Michel (1883-1985).

The installation in the Sprengel Museum Hannover illustrates in detail the number of works of art that have been exchanged to date. These swaps also include confiscated French Impressionist paintings from the collection of the Jewish gallery owner and collector Paul Rosenberg (1881-1951), who was a particular patron of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

With many thanks to David Zivie and the team of the French Ministry of Culture (Mission de recherche et de restitution des biens culturels spoliés entre 1933 et 1945).

Curator: Annette Baumann

Press conference: 15.2.24, 11.00 am pm

Official opening: 16.2.24, 7.00 pm

15.11.23 TO 18.2.24: WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ME?

AN INTERVENTION BY LOTTE LINDNER & TILL STEINBRENNER
15.11.23 TO 18.2.24

Since 2020, Lindner & Steinbrenner have been working in and with the spaces of the museum. In doing so, they explore public areas as well as spaces and processes that usually remain hidden from visitors*. With the work "Unter dem Strand" (Under the Beach), 2020-2023, set up on the mezzanine floor, in which a space of the museum becomes an animated in-between place as a counter-design to the white cube, tit questions boundaries between inside and outside. For the intervention "What does this have to do with me?" Lindner & Steinbrenner are showing similarly conceived works that address the permeability of the museum and the ownership in a museum.

The intervention started on 14.11.2023 with the parade "Objects that relate to people," which brought an authorized copy of a sculpture by Kurt Schwitters, and with it part of the museum's collection, into the city visible for all. As an installation, the sedan chair and sculpture, exhibited here on the Museum Square, document the performance. The monograph series "Contemporary Art from Lower Saxony" published by the Foundation of Lower Saxony provides the occasion for the intervention and is in 2023 dedicated to the work of Lotte Lindner & Till Steinbrenner. The publication offers a comprehensive overview of their work. Volume 78, "Lotte Lindner & Till Steinbrenner", Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen

Curator: Carina Plath

Press conference: 14.11.23, 3.15 pm

Parade: 14.11.23, 4.00 to 6.00 pm

Official opening: 14.11.23, 6.30 pm

18.11.23 TO 28.1.24: CHRISTIAN RETSCHLAG. HANNOVER - MONT VENTOUX

SPRENGEL PRIZE 2023. LOWER SAXONY IN EUROPE
18.11.23 TO 28.1.24

In his photographic work, Christian Retschlag is concerned with his experience and what he learns from it. History and fiction, reality and deception – both seem possible, equally real in his works. As part of the travel scholarship, Retschlag is undertaking a cycling tour from Lower Saxony to Mont Ventoux in Provence so as to directly experience the landscape and history of his travel locations. On his tour, he is interested in sites associated with such events as the Franco-Prussian War, the invention of photography and the Tour de France.

Following his travels, the SPRENGEL PRIZE will be awarded in November 2023 and a solo exhibition will be held at the Sprengel Museum Hannover. A catalogue documenting the prize-winner’s work as well as his time spent abroad in Europe will be published at the opening of the exhibition.

The SPRENGEL PRIZE is worth EUR 12,500 and is tied to the “Lower Saxony in Europe” travel grant, which provides a further EUR 12,500 for a six-month stay abroad. The prize is sponsored by the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture.

Curator: Julius Osman

Press conference: 16.11.23, 11.00 am

Official opening: 17.11.23, 7.00 pm

25.11.23 TO 4.2.24: JAQ LISBOA: HOW TO BE AN ARTIST LIKE ME

SPRENGEL@FEINKUNST
25.11.23 TO 4.2.24

The works of Brazilian artist Jaq Lisboa (*1983) - trained at the Braunschweig University of Art - are closely linked to her biography. The focus is on her own body and the search for identity. Themes such as migration, racism and colonialism can be found in the works of the artist, who does not commit herself to one medium and claims several roles for herself, appearing as a performer, researcher, documenter and mediator. She describes her working method as anti-colonial and anti-racist.

In "How to be an artist like me", Lisboa provides intimate insights into her artistic practice, which is based on extensive research as well as personal memories and experiences she has had in Brazil, Germany and Mexico. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.

With the collaboration launched in 2019, Sprengel@feinkunst is dedicating itself to contemporary young art on the premises of feinkunst e.V.

Curator: Talia Walther

Press conference: 23.11.23, 11.00 am
Official opening: 24.11.23, 7.00 pm

17.2. TO 16.6.24: PABLO PICASSO I MAX BECKMANN. MENSCH - MYTHOS - WELT

17.2. TO 16.6.24

Pablo Picasso (1881 to 1973) and Max Beckmann (1884 to 1950) are key figures of modernism and were both instrumental in redefining figurative painting in the first half of the 20th century. So far it has not been possible to compare their works in an exhibition. An opportunity to do so is now being offered by the extensive presentation of around 200 works from the outstanding collections of the Sprengel Museum Hannover and the Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal. These are being supplemented by loans from, among other sources, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Bavarian State Painting Collections and private collections. The exhibition allows a direct comparison of the artistic careers of Pablo Picasso and Max Beckmann for the first time.

The tension-filled dialogue is dedicated to the upheavals of the personal experience of two World Wars, the artistic reappraisal of the world and male-female relationships plagued by violence and oppression. Picasso, with his Mediterranean lightness and unbridled fondness for experimentation, meets Beckmann with his somewhat Nordic disposition orientated towards the maximum concentration of form and content. The two artists arrived at different formal solutions and responses to the issues of their time, yet there are always astonishing points of contact.

Picasso and Beckmann created metaphors for the crises and rifts of the 20th century. The timeless, never-ending human drama becomes comprehensible in these artists’ mythical imagery, whose message has retained its relevance through to present day.

The exhibition has been organised in cooperation with the Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal and enjoys the patronage of François Delattre, the French Ambassador to Germany.


Curators: Reinhard Spieler, Alexander Leinemann

Press conference: 15.2.24, 11.00 am

Official opening: 16.2.24, 7.00 pm

Please note that the general admission remains valid on fridays for the exhibiton „Pablo Picasso I Max Beckmann. Mensch – Mythos – Welt“.

 

COLLECTION

 

FROM 23.4.23: THE ADVENTURE OF ABSTRACTION

THE ADVENTURE OF ABSTRACTION
FROM 23.4.23

K BARLOW 61433Reconstruction of Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau, Photo: Herling/Herling/Werner, Sprengel Museum Hannover

In “The Adventure of Abstraction”, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is showing a significant part of its collection in the museum’s newly fitted rooms. The selection provides an overview of major manifestations of and developments in non-representational art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The starting point and focus of the tour are the reconstructions of El Lissitzky’s “Cabinet of the Abstract” (1927) and Kurt Schwitters’ “Merz Construction” (1933). Both rooms, which previously existed in Hannover, embody influential stages in abstract art and allow the visitor to directly experience the interplay of colour and form.

In addition to outstanding works by Schwitters and Lissitzky, Classical Modernism is represented by works by Piet Mondrian, Hans Arp and Paul Klee, among others. From the post-war period are works by, among others, Willi Baumeister, Pierre Soulages and K.O. Götz. These lead on to contemporary artists, such as Pia Fries, Pippilotti Rist and Wolfgang Tillmans. Awaiting discovery in the 18 rooms of “The Adventure of Abstraction” are a cabinet of graphic works, expansive media artworks and abstract films from the early days of the medium.

ARTISTS IN HANNOVER UNDER NATIONAL SOCIALISM

On the museum’s mezzanine floor, another area opens up that takes a look at Hannover artists and art from 1933 to 1945. Taking nine people as examples and tracing historical events, the exhibition illuminates the situation of art and artists under National Socialism and asks how the political conditions impacted on the institutions and artists’ lives and work, museum staff and collectors. Finally, we investigate the extent to which the Nazi past continues to affect the museum to this day.

Curator of “The Adventure of Abstraction”: Isabel Schulz

Curatorial assistant for “The Adventure of Abstraction”: Julius Osman

UNTIL 25.2.24: ELEMENTARY PARTS. BASIC PARTS OF THE SPRENGEL MUSEUM HANNOVER AND ITS ART

ELEMENTARY PARTS. BASIC PARTS OF THE SPRENGEL MUSEUM HANNOVER AND ITS ART
13.4.19 TO 25.2.24

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The exhibition ELEMENTARY PARTS poses simple and obvious questions about art that nevertheless prove to be absolutely fundamental: What is art? What are works of art actually made of, which materials are used? Which formal languages do they employ? Which reality (or realities) do they refer to between the figurative, the abstract and the virtual? What is art about, what kind of narratives does it tell, and how does it reflect history? In nine themed rooms, the exhibition unfolds an impressive spectrum of the fundamental possibilities of the material, formal and expressive languages of art and its levels of meaning.

The main topics are colour, material, form/shape, realities, history/narratives, natural and human shaped spaces, strong emotions and finally faces, which ultimately reflect our image of human kind. The exhibition brings together a total of more than 150 works from painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic art and film/video (installation) – all part of the Sprengel Museum Hannover’s collection or on permanent loan. They cover a period stretching from the dawn of Modern Art at the beginning of the 20th century to the immediate present. The selection ranges from Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Paul Klee via Louise Bourgeois, Sean Scully, Timm Ulrichs, Niki de Saint Phalle and Gerhard Richter to Marlene Dumas, Andrea Fraser, Bruce Nauman, Julian Charrière, Julius von Bismarck, Christoph Girardet and Julia Schmid.

At the beginning of the exhibition, a further room is dedicated to the Sprengel Museum Hannover itself, thematising the basic elements that make up the institution: What is the legal basis for relations between the museum and its sponsors, donors, (permanent) lenders and partners? What collections does it consist of? What departments are there and what are they each responsible for?

With ELEMENTARY PARTS, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the donation of Bernhard and Margrit Sprengel and the 40th year of the museum’s existence.

Please note that due to fire protection renovation measures the museum ist not fully accessible. Not accessible are the works of James Turrell and the Upper Collection of the museum. 


 Welcome to the Sprengel Museum Hannover

The Sprengel Museum Hannover with its comprehensive permanent collection and diverse temporary exhibitions ranks among the most important museums of 20th and 21st century art.

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Opening hours

Tuesday
Wednesday to Sunday
Monday
10 am – 8 pm
10 am – 6 pm
closed
 

 

special opening hours

1 January (New Year´s Day)
closed
Good Friday
closed
Easter Sunday and Monday
10 am – 6 pm
1 May
closed
14 May
closed
Ascension Day
10 am – 6 pm
Whitsunday and Whitmonday
10 am – 6 pm
3 October
10 am – 6 pm
31 October
closed
24 December (Christmas Eve)
closed
25 December (First Christmas Day)
closed
26 December (Second Christmas Day)
10 am – 6 pm
31 December (New Year´s Eve)
closed

Library

Due to fire protection renovation work, the library of the Sprengel Museum Hannover will be closed from 12 September 2022 until probably spring   2025.
We apologise for the closure. Thank you for your understanding.
 
Tuesday
Wednesday to Sunday
Sundays, Mondays and all bank holidays
2 pm – 8 pm
2 pm – 6 pm
closed
 

 


 

Admission

Adults
7 Euro / reduced 4 Euro

Children aged 18 and under
Free admission

Groups of 10 or more people
4 Euro

Classes of schoolchildren
Free admission

Fridays
Free admission

Guided tours and events (unless stated otherwise)
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The MuseumsCard offers free admission to the participating museums and exhibition halls for one year from the first visit. More information: www.museumscard-hannover.de
Please note that the general admission remains valid on fridays for the exhibition „Pablo Picasso I Max Beckmann. Mensch - Mythos - Welt."

 

Reduced Admission

  • Schoolchildren 13 and over
  • Trainees and students
  • School-leavers in compulsory military service and social year
  • Unemployed persons
  • Senior citizens 65 and over

Free Admission

  • Every Friday for all visitors
  • Children up to 18 years
  • Classes of schoolchildren
  • ICOM and CIMAM Members (Appropriate ID required when buying tickets)
  • Owner of the Hannover Active Pass
  • Members of the Sprengelfriends and Young Sprengelfriends

 


 

How to get to the Museum

Sprengel Museum Hannover
Kurt-Schwitters-Platz
30169 Hannover

 


 

Bookshop

The MERZ bookshop offers an extensive range of specialist books and magazines from the fields of art, photography, architecture and design as well as children's books, antiquarian books, non-book articles and a large selection of high-quality art prints and art postcards.

The MERZ bookshop ist currently closed.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

MERZ-BUCHHANDLUNG
KURT-SCHWITTERS-PLATZ 1
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Restaurant

For over 20 years the restaurant bell´ARTE with its young fresh kitchen with Italian accent offers the perfect culinary addition to the museum visit. The restaurant has over 80 restaurant seats as well as 30 winter garden seats with the best view of the Maschsee. On sunny days the large terrace with 140 seats invites you to enjoy the sun into the evening hours.

Tuesday to Friday there are constantly changing, inexpensive lunch menus on offer.

 

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday
Friday and Saturday
Monday
12 am – 9 pm
12 am – 11 pm
closed

 

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