Exterior of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Hamburg | Germany

About the Museum

Interior of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG Hamburg) is a museum that displays fine, applied and decorative arts. It was founded in 1874 after the model of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. When Hitler rose to power in the 1930s there was a campaign against “degenerate art”, which resulted in the loss of many pieces of the collection. The museum building itself was also partially destroyed from bombing during World War II, and its rebuilding was finished in 1959. Its collection includes musical instruments such as harpsichords, clavichords, and spinets; faience and 17th and 18th century porcelain, Art Nouveau style pieces of decorative arts and design, and Expressionist works of art. Also of note is an early 16th century carpet from Lune Abbey, which is displayed once a year between Easter and Pentecost.

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