Audio guide: New Treasures at the MKdW. From Max Liebermann to Jochen Hein. Read by Sarah Thomas.


In recent years, the Museum Kunst der Westküste has been able to add more than 200 major new works to its collection. These include acquisitions as well as permanent loans and donations. With its focus on paintings and prints devoted to the overall theme of “sea and seaside” in the period from 1830 until 1930 in the four countries of Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, the unique and very homogeneous collection currently assembles more than 900 works. International contemporary art focusing on the same range of subjects also plays an important role. The exhibition combines a selection of “new treasures” with works which have been part of the collection for some time. This juxtaposition allows us to see how focal areas of the collection have been expanded. Prominently included are paintings and oil sketches by the German impressionist Max Liebermann. Colourful images of the North Sea and ports by Erich Heckel add expressionist compositions. The exhibition also features impressive artworks by the Skagen painters Michael Ancher and Christian Krogh alongside landscapes by North Frisian artists like Hans Peter Feddersen and Emil Nolde. In the field of contemporary art, monumental paintings by Jochen Hein reveal the inexhaustible possibilities painting offers with regard to the subject of the sea. Photographic works by the artists in residence Mila Teshaieva and Anja Jensen re-examine the insular "heimat".