Art Collections

Rebecca Horn, Circlre for Broken Landscape, 1997/2007. ©VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018

The Permanent Art Collections encompasses works from the 12th century to the present. It is organised in three parts: the Old Masters, the Classical Modernism and the Modern and Contemporary Art Collections.

to the Permanent Art Exhibitions

Further Themes

Educational Opportunities

The museums education offers events and courses for School classes, children, families, adults or groups. Please find everything concerning guided tours and workshops also special events here.

Multimedia-Guides as an App

Let us guide you – with one of our multimedia-guides. With images for comparison purposes, texts with further details and audio tours you can get a deeper imapct in our museums collections.

Please find our offers for your mobile device in the  App-Store von Apple or the Google Playstore.

Art Prizes

The prize is funded by the city of Wiesbaden, the Spielbank Wiesbaden and the Nassauische Sparkasse. The support of these three institutions signals their recognition of and commitment to the creative energy Alexej von Jawlensky contributed to the cultural life of our city and to an active dialogue with the most important currents of contemporary art.

The Museum Association Otto Ritschl began bestowing the prize in 2001 in Ritschl’s honor to artists whose work focuses on color and the investigation of color and spatiality. The prize is associated with an exhibition at Museum Wiesbaden, including a catalogue, and a cash award.

Catalogue of Works

Since the early 1990s, Museum Wiesbaden has compiled numerous catalogues of works of 20th century artists, some of which are the outcomes of research projects supported by cooperation partners, such as Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation, the Russian Avant-Garde Art Foundation, the Art Fund Foundation or the estate of Eva Hesse, and some of which were produced in connection with special exhibitions.

The catalogues also presented research opportunities for young scholars working on various aspects of their doctoral theses.

Jochen Gerz
Ilya Kabakov
Eva Hesse
Vollrad Kutscher

Provenance Research

Since January 2015 the „Zentrale Stelle für Provenienzforschung in Hessen“ (Central Bureau for Provenance Research in Hesse) is located at the Museum Wiesbaden. The institution supportes the three lands museums in Darmstadt, Kassel udn Wiesbaden in discharging their responsibility and proof systematically the confiscations resulting from National Socialist persecution. 

Archive and Estate Management

The art collections of Museum Wiesbaden have been shaped by a sustained interest in spirited critical engagement with currents of Classical Modernism, Modern and Contemporary art. Archival research, documentation and estate management must be more than self-referential reappraisal. Our knowledge of the early 20th century avant-garde, the collection of its artistic production, as well as contemporary testimony from this period, are all indispensable to our current perspective of contemporary art. Yet this fundamental work is often omitted. The classification of individual works, work convolutes, and entire estates in their respective contexts allows us not only to see the outcomes of artistic developments but to trace their structural and conceptual contexts into the present day.

Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart 


The holdings at the art library at the Museum Wiesbaden encompasses some 40.000 volumes. The profil is orientated on the art collections with the focus on Classical Modernism and Conetemporary Art. The main part is with exhibtion catalogue and portrait Painingt by painters.


The first Tuesday of every month, our expert staff of art historians and restorers is available for consultation.
Please note, we do not offer appraisal services. To make a consultation appointment, contact curator Dr. Peter Forster at +49 (0)611/335 2282.


Painting Restoration

The workshops for the restoration of paintings and sculptures in Museum Wiesbaden are responsible for the conservation and restoration of works in our collections. Furthermore, they are responsible for organizational and conservational aspects of our temporary exhibitions, as well as for national and international works on loan. Supervising the collections regarding restoration involves monitoring and maintaining a record of their condition and performing “first aid” as required. It also involves supervising the hanging of works and installations, as well as ensuring the appropriate packing of pieces after the exhibition and supervising couriers.

Restorers support a central aspect of our provenance research as well as in the meticulous inspection of individual works. Finally, restorers support the work of our curators in appraising and assessing works of and for the collection and support the monthly Consultation.

Paper Conservation

Museum Wiesbaden has employed a full-time conservator since the 1980s. In 2009, the workshop moved into the newly renovated attic rooms, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The workshop is responsible for the general maintenance of the collections regarding the conservation and restoration of works and, in recent years, increasingly for the processing of new acquisitions and the preparation of special exhibitions.

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