Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Hamburg and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Hamburg
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Hamburg you can head to:
- Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe at Steintorplatz
- Flo Peters Gallery at Chilehaus C Burchardstr. 13
- Levy Galerie at Hagedornstr 47
- Ernst Barlach Haus at Baron Voght Str. 50 A
- Dorothea Schlueter at Schaferstr. 26
- Altonaer Museum at Museumstr. 23
- Jenisch Haus at Baron Voght Str. 50
- Bucerius Kunst Forum at Alter Wall 12
- Hamburger Kunsthalle at Glockengiesserwall 5
- Hall For Current Art House Of Photography at Deichtorstr 1-2
- Galerie Vera Munro at Heilwigstr. 64
- Sfeir Semler Gallery at Admiralitätstr. 71
With approximately 500,000 artifacts from over 4,000 years of human history the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MK&G) is one of the most prominent museums for arts and crafts in Europe. Opened in 1877 the MKG depicts the extraordinary tale of human ingenuity and has world-class collections extending from ancient to contemporary art that encompasses cultural regions from Europe, Islam, and East Asia. They are closed on Monday, open from 10am to 6pm the rest of the week and until 9pm on Thursday nights.
Flo Peters Gallery was founded in 2005 and is an internationally active fine art photography gallery with a focus on 20th century black-and-white photography as well as exceptional contemporary pieces. Aside from preserving and displaying outstanding masterworks of contemporary photography from noon to 4pm Tuesday through Friday while closing at 3pm on Saturday the gallery is especially dedicated to discovering and exhibiting high-quality work by today’s brilliant new artists.
Levy Galerie is open from 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and has been active in the international art scene for 50 years gaining a first-rate reputation among European galleries by maintaining dependencies in some of the biggest cities on the continent. Thomas Levy created the gallery in Hamburg in 1970 following a comprehensive program based on the pillars of Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop Art.
The Ernst Barlach Haus opened as a private museum in 1962 and is located in Jenischpark which is one of the cities most magnificent landscape gardens. The Ernst Barlach Haus is closed on Monday but open from 11am to 6pm the rest of the week and provides a broad program of guided tours, seminars, and the concert series Klang & Form in addition to different presentations of the collection and temporary exhibits of classical modern and contemporary art.
The Altonaer Museum was established in 1863 and is open from 10am to 5pm every day except for Tuesday when they are closed and on weekends they keep the doors open an hour later. Altonaer is one of Germany’s major regional museums focusing on the cultural history of Northern Germany with a particular emphasis on the development of the Elbe region around Altona, Schleswig-Holstein, and the coastal districts next to the North Sea and Baltic.
Jenisch Haus is one of the most magnificent historical structures in your area being set in a large manicured garden on the banks of the Elbe. Today it is an art and culture museum in Jenisch Park featuring representative rooms with beautiful stucco work and parquet flooring as well as furniture, paintings, and sculptures from the Empire and Biedermeier periods on the ground floor. You can head to Jenisch Haus from 11am to 6pm every day but Tuesday when they are closed and it has been a part of the Altona Museum of the Hamburg Historical Museums Foundation since 2008.
The Bucerius Kunst Forum is open from noon to 6pm daily located in the center of town adjacent to the city hall where they hold four exhibits every year showcasing world-class works of art from antiquity to the present.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of Germany’s largest and most prominent art museums and its first-rate collection includes 700 years of art under one roof. They are closed on Monday with hours from 10am to 6pm the rest of the week and on Thursday they stay open until 9pm.
The Deichtorhallen is one of Europe’s largest contemporary art and photography exhibition halls. The open steel-and-glass constructions of the two historical buildings which date from 1911 to 1913 are distinctive in design while it has evolved as a photographic and contemporary art exhibition hub with three pillars of activity.
The Galerie Vera Munro was formed in 1977 and works with a broad variety of local artists in various media like painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, and video that you can check out from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and 11am to 2pm on Saturday. The gallery is the major representative of both young and established contemporary artists, many of whom had their initial exhibitions in Hamburg and have since been shown and acquired by museums and institutions all over the world.
Sfeir-Semler Gallery was founded in 1985 by Andrée Sfeir-Semler and focuses on worldwide contemporary art with a focus on conceptual and minimal art. For the past fifteen years this great gallery near you has been at the vanguard of Arab art creation cultivating a unique cross-cultural link between Western and Middle Eastern contemporary art practices. Head over from 10:30am to 7pm on weekdays and from 11am to 4pm on Saturday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best places to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
- Pentel Schreibgeräte at Lademannbogen 143
- Idee Creativmarkt at Ballindamm 40
- Maltuche + Künstlerbedarf at Bahrenfelder Str 49
- Gustav Jerwitz at Kleiner Schäferkamp 29
- Boesner at Lerchenfeld 7
Pentel Schreibgeräte is a private Japanese stationery manufacturer that was founded in 1946 where mechanical pencils, erasers, markers, pens, eraser fluid, retractable markers, and pencil leads are among the supplies and materials they sell.
Idee Creativmarkt is Germany’s biggest creative sector shop and since 1979 they have provided a diverse selection of DIY supplies and creative ideas at over 40 locations.
At Maltuche + Münstlerbedarf you will find paintings and canvases as well as all kinds of supplies for artists from different manufacturers and for professionals.
Gustav Jerwitz has everything an artist might want and their large selection of art materials and painting tools includes everything from studio equipment to sketching tools for art, school, and hobbies.
In their 600 square meters of space Boesner can offer you everything you need to carry out your artistic ambitions.
Shows & Events
Some of the top local art shows and events would be:
- Hafengeburtstag in May
- Stamp Festival in June
- Alafia Festival in August
- Kreativ Hamburg in September
- The 48h Wilhelmsburg in September
Hafengeburtstag is a public event and fun art fair in your area that is typically held during the first weekend of May to commemorate the anniversary of the cities port which is the largest in Germany.
On the first weekend of June a diverse range of urban artists, musicians, and dancers congregate to showcase their skills on the streets of Altona and Ottensen for the Stamp Festival which has over 1,000 different performances from 20 different nations bringing around 400,000 visitors each year to witness the colorful mix of events.
The Alafia Festival in Ottensen honors the rich cultural legacy of Africa and the Caribbean islands. This three-day event transforms the Ottensen neighborhood into a cultural melting pot par excellence thanks to a diverse schedule of music and dance acts.
Ceramics, digital media, drawing, glass, painting, pastels, drawing watercolors, photography, and other media are shown at Kreativ Hamburg.
In 2010 the 48th Wilhelmsburg festival was founded and the weekend-long event showcased traditional, classical, and contemporary music that are all represented as equals. The festival is completely free to attend and visitors may pay a modest charge to acquire an armband to show their support for the creators if they want.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you need help with buying, selling, or valuing a piece contact these art dealers and appraisers near you:
- Atelier Nordlicht at Mühlenkamp 48
- Tilman Kriesel Art Advisors at Kleine Reichenstr. 1
- Kunstkopie at Haferweg 46
- Affenfaust Galerie at Paul-Roosen-Str. 43
Atelier Nordlicht is located in the heart of the scenic Mühlenkamp at an exquisite studio where they provide abstract acrylic art exhibitions and workshops for both beginners and experienced students.
Tilman Kriesel Art Advisors offers independent and thorough consultancy services in the global art market while providing material, organize the establishment of high-quality art collections, offering complete collection administration, and assistance with sales procedures.
Hardy Schulz created Kunstkopie which was one of the the first online marketplaces for custom-made art back in 1999 and he has been in charge of the company’s headquarters and manufacturing in Hamburg for the past 20 years which now employs around 40 people.
Since 2012 the Affenfaust Gallery has provided a contemporary art venue for both emerging and renowned artists with an exhibition program that includes a variety of painting, drawing, and sculpture positions as well as spatial installations, performances, and video works.
Galerie Brockstedt also sells art.
With the Alternative Tours at Zeiseweg 9 you can explore the vibrant and creative districts of Sternchanze, St. Pauli, and Karolinenviertel where you will find urban art, community projects, squatted buildings, local legends, green initiatives, and the fight against gentrification.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really cool sculptures and statues in your area like:
- Skulptur Liegende at Gorch-Fock-Wall 3
- Mann und Frau at Arno-Schmidt-Platz
- Hans-Albers-Denkmal at Hans-Albers-Platz
- Lessing Denkmal at Gänsemarkt 38
- Zitronenjette at Ludwig Erhard Str. 7
- Schillerdenkmal at Dammtordamm 4
The bronze Liegende in front of the side entrance to Planten und Blomen am Stephansplatz is arguably Edgar Augustin’s most well-known piece and the reclining female performance was purchased by Freie Akademie der Künste in 1977.
Stephan Balkenhol’s artwork Mann and Frau was built in 2004.
Since 1986 a nearly three-metre-tall bronze Hans Albers statue by Jörg Immendorff has been in the center of a town square in St. Pauli.
The Lessing statue on Hamburg’s Gänsemarkt is a piece of art by Berlin artist Fritz Schaper that was built in 1881 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s death.
The Friedrich Schiller statue in Hamburg was inaugurated in 1866 and has remained at Gustav Mahler Park on Dammtordamm since 1958.
Hamburg Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow his skills you have some options. Some of the best Hamburg art schools and classes near you can be found at:
- HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg at Lerchenfeld 2
- Akademie Leonardo at Ruhrstr. 11B
- Kunstschule Hamburg KAW at Ruhrstr. 61
- Alsterdamm School of Visual Arts at Paul-Dessau-Str. 8
- Thomas Stordel at Hochrad 70
- Künstlerschule Hamburg KSH at Wehmerweg 26
The University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK) is a public university that studies art and its theories and since 1970 it has acknowledged the status of artistic-scientific university.
The program of Akademie Leonardo is rounded up with a wide range of workshops from conventional to experimental as well as ArsFabula which are small stories of art shared in humorous and instructive 50 minute lectures.
Individual classes in a group are provided by Kunstschule Hamburg KAW where their qualified lecturers are topic masters who are also pedagogically educated and can react to both beginners and advanced pupils.
Since March 2017 the private vocational schools Kunstschule Alsterdamm and HTK academy have cooperated combining over 100 years of teaching experience. Alsterdamm School of Visual Arts has been absorbed by HTK making it one of the leading vocational schools for communication design in Germany allowing it to increase its emphasis on practice-oriented training of tomorrow’s designers.
Under the supervision of Thomas Stordel the Atelier am Jenischpark has been encouraging you to paint, sketch, and create sculptural art since 1997. Art classes for children and adults are held in the studio area which also serves as a free area for a wide range of aesthetic growth.
Art classes are also available at The Bucerius Kunst Forum which we mentioned earlier.
Studios For Rent Near You
These local art studios might have some available space to rent:
Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft supplies and organizes adequate spaces for creative workers because they know many local artists and creative individuals are seeking for adequate space whether it be studios, offices, music or theatrical practice spaces, exhibition or storage spaces.
Westwerk is a historic structure in the heart of town and a group of artists and creative people manage and organize the place as an office space, an art gallery, a music club, and a site for installations, performances, readings, and events on the ground floor of an artists’ house in the heart of Hamburg.
A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for art framing in Hamburg are:
- Bilderrahmen Altona at Bahrenfelder Str 19
- Blickpunkt Bilderrahmen at Steinstr. 7
- Galerie Kunst & Rahmen at Eppendorfer Weg 77
- Bilderrahmen und Einrahmungen at Sierichstr. 124
- Martin Dickel at Warnstedtstr. 8
- Peters Bilderrahmen at Beerenweg 1F
- Lindemann Bilderrahmen at Elbchaussee 517
Bilderrahmen Altona has been providing frames of various types in your area since 2002 and you can anticipate a personalized consultation and your photographs should be in excellent hands.
Blickpunkt Bilderrahmen offers high-quality picture frames in Hamburg in a variety of styles and strip widths that are all built to order.
Martin Dickel in Hamburg Old Frames and Mirrors provides antique picture frames and strips as well as repair of old frames and conservative framing.
Peters Picture Frame operates on a total area of 520 square meters, employs six trained people, maintains high-quality precise machine equipment, and provides high-quality picture frames to a significant number of demanding clients.
Lindemann Bilderrahmen’s key competency is expert framing of your pictures and graphics.
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