The History of our Museum

From Royal Art Collection to Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Von der königlichen Kunstsammlung zur Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

1838 - 1843

historischer Stich der Alten Staatsgalerie

King Wilhelm I of Württemberg has the architect Georg Gottlob Barth design a »Museum der Bildenden Künste« – now called the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart –and oversee its construction. It is a two-storey structure with three wings to house the art school, a painting gallery and the department of prints and drawings founded in 1806.


Reiterstandbild von Wilhelm I. vor der Alten Staatsgalerie

The U-shaped museum receives two wings at the back designed by Albert von Bok. Johann Ludwig Hofer’s equestrian statue of the museum’s founder is erected in the Courtyard of Honour. There it commemorates the Staatsgalerie’s royal roots to this day.


Founding of the »Stuttgarter Galerieverein«, later called »Freunde der Staatsgalerie« (friends of the Staatsgalerie).


The »Museum der Bildenden Künste« is renamed »Staatsgalerie«, although it is long referred to as the »Württembergische Staatsgalerie«.


zerstörte Staatsgalerie durch den II. Weltkrieg

The museum is all but destroyed during World War II.


The building is reconstructed according to plans by Maximilian Debus. Theodor Heuss, then President of the Federal Republic of Germany, inaugurates the new museum.


James Stirling mit dem damaligen Direktor Prof. Peter Beye im Gespräch
James Stirling mit dem damaligen Direktor Prof. Peter Beye im Gespräch

A limited international competition is advertised for the design of an extension. The jury unanimously awards first place to James Stirling, Michael Wilford & Associates of London.


Neue Staatsgalerie von James Stirling
Foyer der Neuen Staatsgalerie
Aufsicht Neue Staatsgalerie

The construction of the Neue Staatsgalerie and the opening of the spectacular post-modern Stirling Building on 9 March 1984.


Refurbishment of the upper-level galleries of the Alte Staatsgalerie.



Designed by architects Katharina and Wilfrid Steib of Basel, a second extension is built in the area behind the Alte Staatsgalerie to provide new exhibition galleries as well as suitable facilities for the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.


Sanierung der Räume im Altbau

The ground floor of the Alte Staatsgalerie is refurbished, within which framework new exhibition spaces are created.


Gebäude in der Urbanstr. 50
Das Gebäude in der Urbanstr. 50, dass von der Rudi-Häussler-Stiftung saniert wurde.

Thanks to the dedication of entrepreneur and patron of the arts Rudi Häussler of Stuttgart, the former art school in Urbanstraße 50 is refurbished for use by the Staatsgalerie’s art mediation department and art archives.


Neupräsentation der Sammlung 2013

Repurchase of the building in Urbanstrasse 50 by the State of Baden-Württemberg for the Staatsgalerie.

Reopening of the collection in September. Rearrangement of the presentation by Prof. Dr. Christiane Lange, director of the museum since 2013.


Verleihung der Denkmalurkunde
Staatssekretär Ingo Rust, Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft, überreicht am 12. September 2014 im Rahmen seiner Denkmalreise offiziell die Urkunde an die Staatsgalerie.

Presentation of the monument certificate: the Stirling Building is now officially a cultural monument of special significance.

The Staatsgalerie was the first German museum  to introduce certified quality management according to DIN EN ISO 9001.


[Translate to English:] Image-Kampagne der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

The Staatsgalerie has relaunched it’s website and got a new corporate design.

Beside of the quality management, the energy and environmental management systems are also certified (ISO 50001 and ISO 14001).

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