Otto Modersohn Museum



The Otto Modersohn Museum

The museum was founded in 1974 in order to make the artist’s work accessible to the public. It has been widely extended ever since, thus making possible a chronological presentation of Modersohns artistic development from the early years at the academy to his late work. A certain number of outstanding paintings by Paula Modersohn-Becker are exposed as well. In regular intervals the museum presents special exhibitions with accompanying catalogues focussing on certain aspects in Modersohn’s work. The museum is situated in an exceptionally charming countryside through which the river Wümme flows.

The Permanent Exhibition

In a permanent exhibition the Otto Modersohn Museum presents the painter’s complete work, consisting of pictures, drawings and documents. The different artistic periods covering the years from 1883 to 1943 are divided into three main sections: Westphalia, Worpswede and Fischerhude.
A certain number of selected paintings by Paula Modersohn-Becker are also being exposed.
Special exhibitions, shown in regular intervals, help to illustrate certain aspects of Modersohn’s work and its artistic surrounding.

The Otto-Modersohn-Foundation

The Foundation was created by Christian Modersohn, the artist’s son, and his family in order to support and to preserve Otto Modersohns work and to make it accessible to a large public. The Foundation’s collection, consisting of paintings and drawings by Otto Modersohn, is to be supplemented and extended by purchases and donations which shall remain in the Otto Modersohn Museum permanently for the public.

The Otto Modersohn Archives

The life and work of Otto Modersohn are well documented in the museum’s archives which are subdivided into several sections: Correspondence, press reports, photos, lists of works and library. The museum affords assistance to art historians concerning their research and publishing.