Gallery of Old & New Masters
With the opening of the gallery’s new building in July 2016, completely new perspectives for presenting the art from the 20th and 21st centuries in Schwerin are now available: On the 1,500 square metres of exhibition space, the Modernist works finally have their own permanent place – with alternating presentations from the stock of works here. A glass walkway connects the new building with the gallery’s old one, permitting the visitors to stroll through the history of art from the 17th to the 21st century for the first time.
Exhibited on the upper floor are a series of large-format canvases, loaned by Günther Uecker and specifically created for the inaugural exhibition on the shores of the island of Wustrow. The works refer to the refugee drama in the Baltic Sea at the end of WWII. They are juxtaposed with large sculptures and installations by the artist.
Part of the collection New Media is presented for the very first time in the basement. Here a large, water-filled sculpture by Jörg Herold dominates the space. His Mahnmal für einen Matrosen (Memorial for a Sailor) corresponds with Uecker’s canvases and in a less specifically biographical narrative also refers to the sinking of the three refugee ships in the Baltic Sea.
Furthermore installations by Gediminas & Nomeda Urbonas, Aernout Mik and Ulrike Rosenbach among others are on display.
The new two-story building is designed by architects ARGE Scheidt Kasprusch · Reiner Becker Architekten BDA and fits into the surrounding area and is designed not to interfere with the UNESCO- World Heritage application that is still pending.