At Georg Kolbe’s request, his house was opened to the public after his death as a place to collect his work. The Georg Kolbe Foundation was established in 1949 as the administrator of his legacy, and it still acts as the supporting organization of the museum today. The sculptor bequeathed his house, his works, as well as his library, his archive and his private art collection to the Foundation. Since 1978, the museum has also acquired works by Kolbe’s contemporaries. In addition to a considerable collection of figurative small sculpture from the first half of the 20th century, it owns a large number of graphic works from this period. The museum’s research focuses on modernist sculpture and the care and processing of Georg Kolbe’s artistic and written estate, which is one of the most extensive artist’s estates in the history of sculpture.