Opened in 1979, the Sprengel Museum Hannover, with its comprehensive Collection and diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, ranks among the major art museums of the 20th and 21st century.
The museum today builds on the original collection owned by Dr Bernhard Sprengel, who favoured German Expressionism and French Modern Art. The last 20 years have seen the Collection expand to include works from the most important epochs of contemporary art. Moreover, the Department of Photography and Media came into being in 1994. The museum holds on average 25 temporary exhibitions each year, numerous symposia and several different series of lectures. It also offers a comprehensive educational programme and since 1993 houses the Kurt Schwitters Archive. The Sprengel Museum thus provides a lively forum for art and art studies.