The Department of Prints and Drawings is a highlight of the museum’s collection, being one of the greatest collections of its kind in Europe, with over 200,000 hand drawings and prints.
The Kunstverein also seeks to promote current trends in the world of art. It awards the Böttcherstrasse Art Prize and organises exhibitions through its Förderkreis für Gegenwartskunst (Supporters’ Circle for Contemporary Art in the Kunstverein Bremen).
An architectural masterwork
Two new wings flank either side of the 1849 neoclassical main building, setting the older building off like a jewel. The new extensions contrast and yet harmonize with the original structure, and allow for an honest "reading" of the old and new elements of the building. An unprecedented, specially commissioned piece by the American artist James Turrell which spans over three stories, has been integrated into the new building with the title "Above-Between-Below".
Regularly changing temporary exhibitions are held in the Kunsthalle, featuring significant artists and contemporary artworks. Check the website for the current temporary exhibition.