If you want to walk to several museums from one place and see art from a variety of eras in one foul sweep, then you should absolutely pay a visit to Hagen Art Quarter. And if you didn’t already know: In Hagen you are in a place where a crucial chapter of German art history was written. The museum quarter established in 2009 takes account of this history as an exhibition and event venue.
Discover countless paintings, sculptures in the Osthaus Museum
If you are not an art expert, Osthaus Museum is the right place for you: The museum focuses on making the meaning of art not only understandable for experts, but for everyone. Here, the visitors are the focus. Art from classical modernism to contemporary works can be seen in a number of special exhibitions. You can marvel at more than 1,000 paintings, nearly 800 sculptures and around 250 art objects. For children, teenagers and the young at heart, the ‘Junge Museum’ – part of the Osthaus Museum – offers art on current topics and everyday life. Primarily contemporary and modern art is found here.
Thanks to Karl Ernst Osthaus – the story of the Folkwang begins in Hagen
As a branch of the Osthaus Museum, the ‘Museum des Hagener Impulses’ in Hohenhof in Hagen provides an overview of the history of the founder of the Folkwang Museum Karl Ernst Osthaus. He was one of Germany’s most important art patrons and art collectors from the Ruhr Metropolis. Thanks to his passion for art, today we can claim with pride that one of the most important art collections was established in Hagen and today is still located in the Ruhr region. When he was alive, Osthaus was friends with the Belgian artist and designer Henry van de Velde. The latter made the Osthaus’ family villa into an art nouveau gesamtkunstwerk: Furniture, curtains, wall decoration, soft furnishings and crockery – everything was subject to the overall concept and was designed and made for the villa. So should you be interested in a wild mix of architecture, art and history, an incomparable estate awaits you here.
Visit the Emil Schumacher Museum for modern and contemporary art
The interactions between the exhibitions in Ostwall Museum and the Emil Schumacher Museum make your visit to the museum quarter a unique art experience. The latter is one of the most important modern and contemporary art museums in the Ruhr region and an absolute highlight for the art lovers among you! It is dedicated to the pioneer role of its namesake who was one of the most important painters of the late twentieth century and after 1945 was a research centre for expressive painting. Emil Schumacher Museum’s exhibition programme presents him and his works in the context of parallel international art developments and its temporal context. So if you want to learn more about the life and work of the Hagen artist and his influence on other artists, you can’t miss a visit to Emil Schumacher Museum!