Spot On

AUGUST 2014 – 31 JANUARY 2016

In this presentation we showed six centuries of art history in a single display. We were turning the spotlight on more than 200 masterpieces from our permanent collection. Learn more about the exhibition concept, view a selection of artworks and discover which artists were featured.

Masterpieces from the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection

We’re turning the spotlight on the finest works in the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection! SPOT ON is a display of more than 200 masterpieces from our permanent collection, spanning from the Old Masters to 19th-century art and Classical Modernism through to the art of the present day. Visitors can see almost 600 years of art history unfold in this fascinating exhibition, which extends over 2,000 m2 on the lower ground floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart. SPOT ON reflects the strengths of the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection – Dutch Golden Age painting, French Impressionism, the Expressionist artists’ groups Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter, as well as Pop art and Vienna Actionism – and also features major groups of works by Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Max Liebermann and Edvard Munch that are among the museum’s most significant holdings. The thematically arranged installation encourages viewers to consider the collection from a different perspective: the artworks are grouped according to themes such as role and identity, nature and culture or gesture, material and rhythm. In addition to being highlights of the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection, exhibits such as Johann Georg Hinz’s Kunstkammerregal (1666), Caspar David Friedrich’s Das Eismeer (1823/24), Édouard Manet’s Nana (1877) or Max Beckmann’s Odysseus und Kalypso (1943) are also extremely important from an art-historical point of view. SPOT ON not only gives visitors the chance to see familiar artworks in a new light, it also gives prominence to a number of works that have not been on public display for a long time. The Kunsthalle is taking this opportunity to present the impressive site-specific installations Measurements of Time (1996) by Richard Serra and Healing with Paintings (1996) by Ilya Kabakov. SPOT ON – Masterpieces from the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection. From 1 August 2014 to 31 January 2016 on the lower ground floor of the Hamburger Kunsthalle.

A large-format publication with three thematic tours and many coloured illustrations accompanies the exhibition. The publication is available for 4,90€ at the museum shops and


Below is a selection of the artists featured in the collection display. Click through twelve of the masterpieces from the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection.

Meister Francke, Die Verhöhnung des hl. Thomas von Canterbury, um 1426

Johann Georg Hinz, Kunstkammerregal, 1666

Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer, um 1817

Edouard Manet, Nana, 1877

Max Liebermann, Die Netzflickerinnen, 1887/89

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Selbstbildnis mit Modell, 1910, überarbeitet 1926

Robert Delaunay, Fenster-Bild, 1912

Max Beckmann, Odysseus und Kalypso, 1943

Joseph Beuys, Filzanzug, 1970

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (in Fright Wig), 1986

Richard Serra, Measurements of Time: (Seeing is Believing),
Marius Dietrich, Ernst Fuchs, Heinz Klettke, Andreas Krueger, Gunther Maria Kolck, Jochen Möhle, 1996

The artists

Old Masters

Bartel Beham, Bernardo Bellotto, Lucas Cranach d.J., Meister Francke, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Johann Georg Hinz, Jan Massys, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, among others.

19th Century

Carl Blechen, Arnold Böcklin, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Anselm Feuerbach, Caspar David Friedrich, Wilhelm Leibl, Max Liebermann, Édouard Manet, Adolph Menzel, Claude Monet Auguste Rodin and Philipp Otto Runge, among others.

Classical Modernism

Francis Bacon, Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, James Ensor, Max Ernst, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Otto Mueller, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, among others.

Contemporary Art

Joseph Beuys, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Rebecca Horn, Ilya Kabakov, On Kawara, Yves Klein, Kitty Kraus, Robert Morris, Hermann Nitsch, George Segal, Richard Serra, Franz Erhard Walther and Andy Warhol, among others.

Alle Reprophotos: Elke Walford, Christoph Irrgang

Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Richard Serra: VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2014

Caspar David Friedrich: SHK/Hamburger Kunsthalle

Andy Warhol: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY 2014