The museumThe Georg Schäfer Museum showcases the most important private art collection of the 19th- century German-speaking world. With paintings and other works dating from the late 18th to early 20th centuries, it offers a panorama of diverse art movements of this time – from late Rococo, through Classicism and Romanticism and onto Impressionism.
Masterpieces in the museum include Franz Pforr’s painting Sulamith and Maria, Caspar David Friedrich’s Evening on the Baltic Sea and Adolph Menzel’s Circle at the Court of Emperor Wilhelm I. The MGS is also home to the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Spitzweg: 160 paintings and 110 drawings. The collection owns over 100 paintings, gouaches and drawings by Adolph Menzel. Other significant groups of works include those by Caspar David Friedrich, Georg Ferdinand Waldmüller, Hans Thoma, Wilhelm Leibl and his circle as well as Max Liebermann and Max Slevogt. The less famous masters include Carl Beckmann, Emil Lugo, Gustav Schönleber and Wilhelm Wach.
The Collector – The ProjectDr Georg Schäfer (1896-1975), industrialist and co-owner of one of Germany’s leading industrial concerns, FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer & Co., amassed the majority of the collection after the Second World War. In 1997, the Dr Georg Schäfer Collection Foundation was set up to look after the paintings and graphic art. Extensive donations followed between 2002 and 2005. The State of Bavaria financed the building of the museum and owns the actual building, while the city of Schweinfurt designed and now supports the museum. The museum was built in 1998-2000 to plans by the Berlin architect Volker Staab. It is run by the city of Schweinfurt with financial support from the foundation. As well as the 300 paintings on permanent display, the museum regularly stages special exhibitions (to see current events please visit the museum’s homepage).
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