Today the 600-year history of the Alma Mater Lipsiensis is best reflected by the University’s artistic holdings, which are of considerable cultural historical significance. They are administered by the Kustodie.
Over the centuries, the University’s art collection has grown to include works of European painting, sculpture, graphic art and handicrafts from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Kustodie serves to promote our internal sense of identity and to anchor the University in the city, making an important contribution to cultural life in Leipzig. At the same time, the collection offers great potential for hands-on teaching of art history.
In addition to its own holdings of the art collection in the Rectorate building, the Kustodie presents exhibitions on historical and contemporary art in the gallery inside the Neues Augusteum.