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Art and museums

Art and museums in Leipzig

Famous artists and museums reappraising the past

Leipzig is famous not just for its musicians but also for its artists.

The “Leipzig School” and its artists, such as Neo Rauch, Tilo Baumgärtel and Tim Eitel, have been causing an international sensation for years. Many of them have established themselves in the Baumwollspinnerei with its 80 or so workshops and galleries. Visitors can also see works from the Leipzig School in the Museum of Fine Arts, and also pieces by, for example, Max Beckmann, Caspar David Friedrich and Max Klinger. The GRASSI Museum complex is also renowned and houses three museums, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Museum of Musical Instruments, containing one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world, and the Museum of Ethnology.

If you would like to know more about the history of Leipzig, you will find all you need to know at the Museum of Local History. The various exhibitions, which are scattered all over the city, throw light on how Leipzig developed from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The more recent history of the city is the theme of the “Runde Ecke” (Round Corner) Memorial Museum, which used to house the Ministry for State Security in the GDR period. In the former offices of the Stasi officers, visitors can now find out how state security functioned. By contrast, opposition, resistance and civilian bravery in the GDR is remembered against the backdrop of the division of Germany in the Contemporary Forum, a branch of the Bonn House of History. Regional history of another kind can be seen at the city’s Natural History Museum. There visitors will find mainly regional exhibits from geological, botanical, zoological and archaeological collections. The museum is also famous for its dermoplastics borrowed from Universität Leipzig.

last update: 04.04.2011 


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