About us

Photo: Christian Wasenmüller

Mission statement

The Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst is that institution in Bremen which is devoted to international contemporary art. Both a succession of solo and thematic group exhibitions and a collection presentation with long-term orientation allow lively, inquisitive encounters with artistic production from the 1960s to the present.

In 1989, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen laid the cornerstone for the Stiftung Neues Museum Weserburg, which opened its doors in 1991 as Europe’s first collectors’ museum. Since 2007, the institution has been named the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst. Close partnerships with private and corporate collections serve as the foundation for an exciting and revealing contact with contemporary art in various formats and as an extension of the museum’s own collection.

International Orientation and Regional Roots

In multifaceted exhibitions, programs, outreach formats and scholarly publications, the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst offers a wide range of insights into international art. There is a focus on highly-quality positions from Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme, as well as from the Sound, Conceptual and Minimal Art movements ; these positions characterize the program and engage in dialogue with the art of the 21st century. In addition to its decidedly international outlook, the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst is also devoted to outstanding regional positions and to the promotion of young artists.

The Centre for Artists’ Publications

The Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst possesses a collection of artists’ publications and documents on a scale that is unique in Europe. The Centre for Artists’ Publications serves in equal measure as an archive, research institute and exhibition site. The numerous archives, bequests, Fonds and collections work with far more than 300,000 published or reproduced works of art from throughout the world — from postage stamps past books, correspondence, films, videos and records all the way to multimedia editions.

Our Vision of an Open Museum

The Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst is an integral part of the urban community. Our impact is directed towards art and its counterpart — namely the visitors. We give concrete form to the idea of the open museum as a site of exchange, diversity, participation and education for all target- and age-groups. We place particular value on the communal experiencing of art. The historical warehouses, with a central and remarkable location in the middle of the Weser River, provide almost 5,000 square metres of exhibition space serving as an ideal framework for these shared experiences.

As a museum of the 21st century, the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst is a living organism which, besides fulfilling the classic tasks of a museum, turns its gaze towards change and is itself open to transformation. We commit ourselves to tolerance and to actions which are ecologically and economically responsible. We treat all colleagues in a dependable and respectful manner. We play an active role in shaping the modes of access to the present which an art museum can facilitate today and in the future. We intend to be one of the leading institutions in Germany for contemporary art.