LWL-Museum for Art and Culture

LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

The LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur unites 1000 years of art, ranging from the early Middle Ages through to the present. 

In total the LWL-Museum’s collection comprises over 350 000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and prints, coins and objects as well as 135 000 books. About 1300 exhibits are on view in the new presentation of the collection. While exploring the 51 exhibition spaces, visitors encounter works of art by Heinrich Brabender, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, Otto Piene, Gerhard Richter and Rosemarie Trockel, amongst many others. 

The museum’s roots lead back to the early 19th century: in 1825 the Verein für Geschichte und Altertumskunde Westfalens (Historical and Archaeological Society of Westphalia) began establishing a museum collection and concurrently, from 1836 onwards, the Westfälischer Kunstverein began running an art museum. The two collections were merged in 1908 as the new Landesmuseum für die Provinz Westfalen (Regional Museum for the Province of Westphalia).

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