Open Depot

In addition to Georg Kolbe’s sculptures, drawings and prints, which form the centrepiece of the museum’s collection today, the museum also houses the artist’s written and photographic estate, his library and his private art collection. In the decades following Kolbe’s death, further works and partial bequests from fellow sculptors of the classical modernist period were added, including works by Renée Sintenis, Milly Steger and Emy Roeder. In 2020, a significant part of the estate from the legacy of Georg Kolbe’s granddaughter was returned to the museum.


In the museum’s Schaudepot (viewing depot), under the title Collection in Motion, changing presentations provide insights into the rich collection holdings and establish links to the temporary exhibitions. In this way, Georg Kolbe’s sculptural work and that of other artists represented in the collection can be viewed from new angles. The presentation related to the Noa Eshkol exhibition focuses on the motif of dance in Kolbe’s work. In addition, a historical network can be drawn between Georg Kolbe and Noa Eshkol, which is presented on the basis of numerous documents: in 1926, Kolbe made a portrait of Gret Palucca and drew her dancing. From 1932, the dancer Tile Rössler was part of the school management at Palucca’s school before she was dismissed in April 1933 due to her Jewish origins. She emigrated to Palestine and founded her own school. Noa Eshkol took lessons there in the 1940s.

This room is also used for the museum’s educational work. Various educational formats take place here, inviting visitors to engage creatively with Kolbe’s art and the themes of the exhibitions. School classes and kindergarten groups also work here, and the results of their workshops are presented at various intervals.