With more than 20.000 works, the collection of drawings and graphics from the 20th century is one of the most important in Germany. In addition to outstanding individual sheets such as Edvard Munch's lithograph "Scream", a one-off on violet paper, and key portfolios, including the four "Bauhaus portfolios" published between 1921 and 1924, the collection houses extensive bundles of works by Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Oskar Schlemmer.
The collection includes works from all major groups of artists and styles from the first half of the 20th century. With drawings and prints of the "Brücke", the "Blauer Reiter" and the Stuttgart "Hölzel-Kreis" almost all centers of classical modernism in Germany are represented. In addition, artists of the New Objectivity, Cubists, Futurists, Constructivists, Dadaists and Surrealists are present with important works on paper.
Art after 1945
After the Second World War, collecting activities increasingly focused on positions of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. With around 1.200 sheets by over 130 artists, the collection of American prints in the Staatsgalerie is one of the most important of its kind. Internationally Styles of Informel, Minimalism, Conceptual Art or the "New Wild Ones“ can be found in the inventory and illustrate the content and stylistic range of this collection area.