With its focus on German Expressionism and French Modernism, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is regarded as one of the most important museums of art of the 20th and 21st century.
The foundation was laid by the donation of chocolate manufacturer Dr. Bernhard Sprengel: In 1969, he entrusted his extensive collection of modern art to the city of Hanover and supported the construction of the museum. Highlights include works by important groups of artists such as "The Bridge" and "The Blue Rider", as well as styles such as Cubism and Surrealism. The collection includes important works, for example by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Max Beckmann, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, and Kurt Schwitters.
By donating more than 400 pieces, including pictures, sculptures and drawings, the exeptional artist Niki de Saint Phalle allowed the museum to expand their impressive collection. She is known for her Nana sculptures, which have become the secret landmark of Hannover.
A special attraction of the Sprengel Museum Hannover, are its rooms designed by artists. Among the most famous are the reconstruction of the legendary Merzbau by Kurt Schwitters and the light rooms of James Turrell.
In the past 30 years, the museum has been expanded to include major trends after 1945, including works by Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. In addition, photography has become an important focus.