Known the world over for its industrial vibe, Stuttgart is actually a thriving cultural metropolis with a gourmet dining scene, beautiful nature surrounding the city, and numerous art galleries and institutions. From exclusive, open-by-appointment galleries to collections of German and international 20th and 21st century art open to the public, here are the ten best places to see art in Stuttgart.
Established in 1978, Galerie Schlichtenmaier has become one of the central names in Stuttgart art circles, bearing the standard of tradition and more recently branching out to contemporary art. From its beginnings embracing the movements of new objectivity, expressive realism, and some strands of abstract art, the gallery has opened up to post-1945 art, seeking to document the struggles between realism and concrete art. It has one of the world’s most complete collections of works by Stuttgart artists Willi Baumeister (1889-1955) and Adolf Hölzel (1853-1934).
Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Kleiner Schlossplatz 11, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 120 4151
Galerie Reinhard Hauff
There are industrial vibes aplenty to be felt in Galerie Reinhard Hauff, throughout the installations, sculpture and graphic work that document the history of contemporary Germany. This gallery showcases politically engaged works that reflect the trials and tribulations of the societies in which they have been produced. The emphasis is on art as a trigger of public debate. Within a blend of the local, national, and international, the space encompasses a perfect mix catering to both locals and visitors, and representing artists from Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the USA.
Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Paulinenstrasse 47, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 609 770
Parrotta Contemporary Art
With spaces in Stuttgart and Berlin, Parrotta Contemporary Art showcases the work of younger and established artists across its three post-industrial exhibition rooms. A new arrival to the German art scene, having opened in 2007, Parrotta has nonetheless attracted major international names such as photographers Anna and Bernard Blume, while simultaneously helping to launch the careers of lesser-known German artists. Concept-driven exhibitions and a socio-political streak are defining features of this up-and-coming gallery.
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Augustenstrasse 87–89, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 699 47910
Michael Sturm opened his eponymous gallery in 1996, with a strong and visible focus on non-representational art form North America and Europe. It has links with galleries around Germany and abroad, notably Galerie Schlégl in Zurich, Vidal St. Phalle in Paris, and Green on Red Gallery in Dublin. Its emphasis is on painting and color, with past exhibitions showcasing the works of Icelandic artist Finnbogi Petursson, who represented his country at the Venice Biennale, and Briton Roger Ackling, whose work has been displayed at the Tate Modern.
Sturm Galerie, Christophstraße 6, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 615 9568
Neue Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
No list of art galleries in Stuttgart would be complete without a reference to its New State Gallery, built in 1984 by British architect James Stirling, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1981, a controversial although undeniably striking edifice standing next to the Old Gallery, right in the heart of Stuttgart. An impressive and representative example of post-modernist architecture, it houses one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Germany, including works by Picasso, Kokoschka, Miró, Beuys, and others. It recently exhibited a selection of print portfolios by Kandisky, Klee and Schiele, shedding a light on lesser-known works by those masters of modernism.
Staatsgalerie Sttutgart, Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 30 – 32, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 470 402 49
The Arts Foundation of Baden-Württemberg is an independent institution fostering the work of artists born or working in Baden-Württemberg, supporting exhibitions, attributing grants, liaising with international agencies and generally ensuring that creative energies in the state are nurtured and preserved. A must-see for an authentic feel of what the youngest generation of local artists are producing, the foundation guarantees solid insight into Stuttgart’s contemporary culture scene.
Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Gerokstraße 37, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 236 4720
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