Engaging with art reduces the pace of visual perception and directs the focus towards the essence of things.
The Kunstmuseum Bayreuth opened in 1999 and is located in the former baroque town hall (Altes Barockrathaus). The museum grew out of Dr. Helmut und Constanze Meyer’s Arts Foundation which was established in Bayreuth in 1991.
Besides this collection, the Kunstmuseum also comprises the Prof. Dr. Klaus Dettmann Arts Foundation, the Voith von Voithenberg Foundation as well as the Georg Jakob Best Arts Foundation Viola Schweinfurter. In addition, two permanent loans by the Oberfranken Foundation are showcased, namely the Caspar Walther Rauh and Werner Froemel Collections, and the Georg Tappert Donation. The mayor’s former offices with their elaborate Renaissance style ceilings are now home to the Historical Tobacco Collection (Tabakhistorische Sammlung) of British American Tobacco.
The Kunstmuseum’s own holdings centre on 20th century art and consist of multiple donations by artists and private collectors. The artworks, which are mainly on paper, span artistic movements such as Expressionism, Constructivism, Surrealism, New Objectivity, post-1945 Figuration, European Abstract Expressionism, Abstraction, Concretion, Concept Art, Fluxus and Happening.
Changing exhibitions present various themes from the aforementioned collections and are accompanied by a comprehensive educational programme designed by the museum’s pedagogic team.
The Kunstmuseum Bayreuth is located in the heart of the city in the former baroque town hall:
Tel: 0049 (0)921 – 7645310
- Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5 pm
- During festival season (Festspielzeit) in July – August also Monday: 10am – 5 pm
- Closed on Christmas Eve (24th Dec) and Christmas Day (25th Dec)
- New Year’s Eve (31st of Dec): 10 am – 2 pm
- Boxing Day (1st of Jan): 1pm – 5pm
- Opening hours on all other holidays: 10 am – 5 pm
Admission to the museum and its diverse exhibitions is 2 € (1€ reduced fare).
The building is equipped with an elevator and wheelchair access.
We look forward to your visit at the Kunstmuseum and wish you a pleasant time in Bayreuth!