One of the finest collections of European Art
The Dukes of Mecklenburg amassed one of the highest-standing European collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. They acquired works by artists who today are world famous masters, such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Brueghel the Elder and Frans Hals. Particularly valuable pieces are the Torwache (The Sentry) by Carel Fabritius, the Dame am Cembalo (The Family Concert) by Frans van Mieris, the young boys’ heads painted in superior style by Frans Hals and still lifes from such brilliant painters as Pieter Claesz, Jan Davidsz de Heem and Willem Kalf.
The 18th century, among others, is present in the large collection of paintings and drawings by French animal painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry and the magnificent full-length portrait of Queen Charlotte following the example of Thomas Gainsborough. A winter landscape by the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich is representative of the 19th century. Works by notable painters of the early 20th century such as Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth, Franz von Stuck, Alexej von Jawlensky and Pablo Picasso, examples of Mecklenburg landscape paintings, sculptures by Ernst Barlach and paintings from the GDR set the tone for the tour around the upper level. Visitors will be engaged in intellectual discourse by works from after 1960 as well as contemporary art by John Cage, Sigmar Polke, Rachel Whiteread, Daniel Spoerri and François Morellet, amongst others.
The Schwerin Collection Marcel Duchamp is exceptional in its unity. With 90 pieces in total, it comprises virtually all phases and aspects of work from an artist who, along with Picasso, was one of the greatest inspirations of 20th-century art. For example the Ready-mades Fresh Widow, 1920/64; LHOOQ, 1919/64 and Travellers Folding Item, 1919/64 belong to the collection, as well as 13 hand drawings.
The Kupferstichkabinett (cabinet of prints) features the largest inventory of hand drawings, sketches and graphic prints from the 16th to the 20th century.
Visits to the Kupferstichkabinett are by appointment only – appointments can be made in the villa at Werderstraße 141.
The collections of decorative arts consist of almost ten thousand objects, including three thousand porcelain pieces, primarily from the Meissen factory. In addition there are classic and contemporary ceramics, glass, gold and silver smithery, furniture, weapons dating from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century, as well as coins and medals.
The Münzkabinett in Werderstraße 141 is opened every Wednesday 2 – 5 pm and by appointment.