The Böhm donation

23. May to 23. August 2015

In 2014 the Essen-based collector Christian Böhm made a generous donation of contemporary art to the museum. Works by Tilo Baumgärtel, Ulrich Gebert, Henriette Grahnert, Martin Parr, Ricarda Roggan, Thomas Scheibitz, Norbert Schwontowski, Andreas Slominski and Andy Warhol have … read more

Cranach – from initial idea to final work

3. September to 15. November 2015

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553), was one of the leading artists of the German Renaissance. With great success. His son Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515–1586) continued the work of the studio. The Museum has a highly-impressive inventory of Cranach works, comprising 18 paintings, 10 drawings and 59 graphic reproductions. To mark the occasion of the 500th birthday of Lucas Cranach the Younger selected paintings, drawings and graphic reproductions by both artists are to be presented. In one room of the cabinet exhibition the results of recent restoration investigations will be shown, together with insights into how the paintings were executed. … read more

Good Neighbours

Richness and Diversity from 25 Leipzig Collections

20. June to 13. September 2015

The year 2015 goes by the motto "1000 years of Leipzig. We are the city." Because in the historic chronicle of Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg dating from 1015 we find the oldest documented mention of Leipzig, with the formulation "et in urbe Libzi vocata". As part of the events to commemorate this anniversary year the … read more

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his 9,000 works, drawn from his entire period of artistic creativity from 1901 to 1940 and termed "special class", were withdrawn from the art market and compiled for an estate collection.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 … 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 … 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 … read more