The Hamburger Kunsthalle reopened Saturday (April 30, 2016) under the theme “Art is back” after extensive refurbishment made possible by a EUR 15 million donation from the Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation and around EUR 7 million from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The renovations have concluded on time and within budget.
Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “The modernisation of the Hamburger Kunsthalle has given rise to an impressive, new definition of what this venerable institution can and must be for Hamburg and art: a modern, ambitious, visitor-orientated museum in the heart of the city.”
The reopened historic, main entrance at the foundation building was a key element of the renovation work. In future, visitors will enter the museum through the newly decorated, spacious foyer where the main services are located. The art collection area featuring art from all eras has been fully renovated and expanded by a 500 square-metre exhibition area. The new Werner Otto hall provides more space for events. Also, new elevators to all the floors and a ramp at the entrance facing the Alster will make both the interior and exterior of the building fully accessible.
Free admission in May
The reopening on Saturday will be celebrated with exhibitions and various events. Later, interdisciplinary programmes in May will showcase four new collection areas: old masters, 19th century, classical modern as well as contemporary art. Admission from April 30-May 31, 2016 is free.