For her career as a painter, Berta Hummel possessed an important talent; an eye for the essentials – whether it was people, animals, plants, beautiful landscapes or humble housing. Encouraged from an early age by her parents and teachers, she used her prodigious talent to sketch views from her rural homeland, the Rottal region. These consisted of farmers and market scenes, idyllic landscapes and character studies.
The Berta Hummel Museum was opened in the Hummel family home in Massing on 22nd July 1994. In the house where artist Berta Hummel, or Maria Innocientia Hummel – the name she later adopted as a Franciscan nun – was born, her nephew, Alfred Hummel, and his wife Maria have created a small but beautiful art museum.
Changing exhibitions show a cross-section of the cultural output of Berta Hummel. Starting with her primary education at school in Massing then moving through her time with the English ladies in the Institut Marienhöhe in Simbach and her studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, and finishing with her work in the Franciscan convent of Sießen, the pictures bring visitors a step closer to the high artistic achievements of Berta Hummel. A multitude of floral watercolours, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, caricatures and her religious studies are displayed. Visitors can also see the “Hummel Children”, which from 1935 onwards were the inspiration for her world famous figurines.
Alongside the drawings and paintings, the Berta Hummel Museum in the Hummel family home houses the world’s largest private collection of Hummel figurines, a selection of which is also on display.
Since 2005, special exhibitions have displayed the works of other well-known artist such as Horst Janssen, Alfred Kubin, Lovis Corinth, Olaf Gulbransson, Wilhelm Busch and Käthe Kollwitz, which enter into a fascinating dialogue with Berta Hummel.
Interested visitors will be delighted to find a well-stocked museum shop with all the Hummel products currently on the market – Hummel figurines, books, cards, calendars etc. as well as very high quality reproductions of paintings.
For opening times and admission prices please visit the original website.