The ancient city of Augsburg is not only a delightful place to explore for travelers interested in history, but is also a treasure trove for art enthusiasts. In many of Augsburg’s art museums and galleries, history and art blend to fascinate visitors with priceless historic paintings. On the other hand, several museums and galleries cater to the taste of those with a penchant for contemporary art. Let’s take a look at the best destinations in Augsburg for art lovers.
Behind the stunning baroque facade of Augsburg
‘s Schaezlerpalais is housed a series of priceless art in an equally grand interior. Visitors get to feast their eyes on paintings from South Germany ranging from 15th to 18th centuries and baroque paintings by Paolo Veronese, Canaletto, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and other famous painters. Additionally, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions on a regular basis.
Soon after its doors opened in 2002, Galerie Noah carved a niche for itself throughout the country in the field of contemporary painting and sculpture. The focal point of attraction of this gallery is Eastern and Western German art by famous artists like Jörg Immendorff, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Bernd Zimmer, Bernhard Heisig and Arno Rink, among others. The gallery is also dedicated to promoting upcoming talents.
Kunstmuseum Walter im Glaspalast
Kunstmuseum Walter im Glaspalast is a privately owned art museum in Augsburg that is known for its admirable collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum, owned by and housing the private collection of Ignaz Walter, boasts over 1,000 pieces of art ranging from the mid-20th century to the modern times. Visitors can expect to find artwork from former West Germany, the Leipzig School
, and creations of international artists. The highlight of the museum is the unique Glass Collection by Egidio Costantini.
H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst
H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst (H2 Center for Contemporary Art) is an extremely popular museum for the art of today. Contemporary art enthusiasts flock to this museum to see the works by the likes of Tony Cragg, Klaus Zöttl, Rupprecht Geiger, Tobias Rehberger
, Christian Hörl, Christopher Koch and Felix Weinold, among others. This is also the venue for regular temporary exhibitions and houses a well-stocked library on modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus
Art Gallery, Art Museum
Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, a gallery of contemporary art, is housed in a historic building. Since its inauguration in 2006, it has steadily earned more and more popularity with art enthusiasts, thanks to its rich collection of international art. Here, visitors not only enjoy beautiful artwork, but also get to know the exhibiting artists through catalogues, documents and films.
Galerie Granec & Mitteldorf
Galerie Granec & Mitteldorf has its finger firmly on the pulse of the ever-changing preferences of the art world. Consequently, they keep rotating and updating their collection. The gallery is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Creations of famous artists as well as young, upcoming talents are proudly exhibited here. The gallery also hosts exhibitions by traveling artists on a regular basis.
Maximilian Museum is not only the headquarters of art museums in Augsburg, but an architectural as well as historical landmark in its own right. Visitors are invariably delighted by the unbeatable collection of decorative arts housed in this museum, including paintings, sculptures, arts, crafts and historic artifacts. The building itself, with its glass-ceiling courtyard and beautiful architecture, is certainly worth exploring.