Paul Klee – Special Class, not for sale

1. March to 25. May 2015

Paul Klee (1879–1940) is one of the most significant representatives of Classic Modernism. Over 300 of his 9,000 works, drawn from his entire period of artistic creativity from 1901 to 1940 and termed "special class", were withdrawn from the art market and compiled for an estate collection. This classification can also be regarded as the first self-conceived "retrospective" of the artist. In the 1930s in particular Klee used the "special class" to return to and revise the works that he had completed thus far. Accordingly, there are numerous undiscovered cross-references … read more


Inventor of the Baroque Rome

9. November to 1. February 2015

The Bernini Exhibition. Inventor of Baroque Rome presents the topical breadth of Bernini’s oeuvre for the first time via the medium of drawings, demonstrating the lasting influence that the artist had on Rome. The Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts owns over 200 drawings by Bernini and his studio, permitting one-of-a-kind insight into the origins and emergence of his artwork. The exhibition additionally features loans from the Roman and Vatican collections and from the Albertina in Vienna, among others. This traces Bernini’s creative process, from the initial idea to its final definition. The ingenuity with which Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) and his ecclesiastical and secular clients … read more

Margret Hoppe – The Promise of Modernity

Sachsen Bank Art Award 2014

6. December to 8. February 2015

The artist Margaret Hoppe (*1981 Greiz/Thuringia), who completed her postgraduate master classes at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in 2009 under Christoph Müller, is the winner of this year’s Sachsen Bank Art Award. … read more

Small Pictures – Big Names

Drawings from the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Collection

19. February to 17. May 2015

Baron Maximilian Speck von Sternburg (1776–1856), merchant and one of the founding patrons of the museum, was not merely a passionate collector of paintings by Old and New Masters, but also of drawings, prints and literature on this topic of art. It is thanks to his great-great grandson, Wolf-Dietrich Baron Speck von Sternburg, that his collection – 202 paintings, 127 drawings, 192 prints – has been permanently available to the city of Leipzig saince 1996 as the ‘Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Foundation’. … read more