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9,000 works, drawn from his entire period of artistic creativity from 1901 to 1940 and termed "special class", were withdrawn from the art market and compiled for an estate collection.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

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