An exceptional public awareness of Modern Art and its presentation in museum settings took place in Germany in the 1920s. Parallel to political efforts towards more democratization, a diverse and dynamic art scene was the starting point for one of the most influential structural transformations in the history of the art museum. The avant-garde’s move into the museum followed the emergence of a new type of
museum for 20th century art, with specific guidelines for a collection, its presentation and how its works should be mediated to the public. The German museum landscape was also able to make an international name for itself due to its extraordinary engagement for contemporary art.
This publication focuses on three important, but quite different public museums: the Nationalgalerie’s new department in Berlin’s Kronprinzenpalais; the art department at the Provinzialmuseum Hannover and the Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim.