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Hamburger Kunsthalle reopens

City's share of refurbishment comes to EUR 7 million. Funds by Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation helped get project underway

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.

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About the Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation

The non-profit Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation was founded in early 2011 by the couple who belong to the ECE, Otto group. The foundation focuses on medical and health research as well as culture in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Their biggest projects include the outpatient clinic for traditional Chinese medicine in the breast center at the Jerusalem Hospital, refurbishing the Hamburger Kunsthallle and restoraton of the St. Katharinen church in Hamburg. For more information:

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