Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden

City Guide


Home to media art and many a great collection

Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden were both once the capitals of the respective monarchies and have since emerged as the headquarters of art in Germanys Southwest. Founded in 1715, in its Kunsthalle Karlsruhe possesses an extensive art collection hailing mainly from the royal house of Baden. Yet music from the present is also played here the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunstverein und ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) make for a lively arts scene. In the spa town of Baden-Baden, 40 kilometers away, homage is paid to both modern and contemporary art with a glass bridge connecting the towns Kunsthalle architecturally to Museum Frieder Burda.

Karlsruhe classics - Staatliche Kunsthalle

Eight centuries of paintings and sculptures: The Museum am Botanischen Garten is home to works by Albrecht Dürer, Joseph Anton Koch and Caspar David Friederich < more >

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Karlsruhe classics - ZKM

The world’s great institute for media art: The spacious premises of the former arms factory allow for several exhibitions simultaneously, such as the show "Sounds. Radio – Kunst – Neue Musik" < more >

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Baden-Baden classics - Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

Exciting setting: Exhibitions of classical, Modernist and contemporary art are presented in the Kunsthalle, built in 1909. The major shows and retrospectives have a strong international reputation < more >

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Baden-Baden classics - Museum Frieder Burda

An impressive collection: In the building, inaugurated in 2004, alongside changing shows the collection of the publishing magnate heir Frieder Burda is on display, featuring works by Picasso, Mark Rothko and Gerhard Richter < more >

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Inside tip Karlsruhe - Badischer Kunstverein

En vogue artists and projects with media art: Germany’s third oldest Kunstverein has an international reputation and holds 8-10 exhibitions a year across its three floors < more >

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 Inside tip Karlsruhe  - Galleries/Fringe venues

Renowned galleries and young art spaces: The internationally famed galleries Meyer Riegger and Kadel Willborn are close to each other. Young art is to be found at Poly and Y8 < more >

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Inside tip Karlsruhe - Ursula-Blickle-Stiftung, Kraichtal

Discerning exhibitions: The Foundation in nearby Kraichtal hosts shows of an international quality. Ursula Blickle invites guest curators, who are often members of the Frankfurt art world < more >

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Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (1), ZKM (2), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (3), Museum-Frieder-Burda (4), Badischer Kunstverein (5), Galerie Meyer Riegger (6), Galerie Kadel Willborn (6), Poly (6), V8 (6), Ursula-Blickle-Stiftung, Kraichtal (7)