Want to view a real Picasso, Monet or Cézanne in peace? You don’t have to travel to Paris or London to do so. The Von-der-Heydt Museum in the centre of Wuppertal enjoys and excellent reputation internationally.
In the venerable rooms of Ebersfeld Rathaus (Ebersfeld Town Hall), the paintings by old masters are shown to their best advantage. Works of Flemish and Dutch landscape painting dating up to the 17th century. The transitions are seamless: Impressionism, Expressionism and the 1920s are other focal points.
Wuppertal citizens and art patrons have made this museum into an impressive place of art over 150 years. The holdings include 3,000 paintings, 400 sculptures and 30,000 graphic sheets. They are presented to the public in changing exhibitions.
The branch in Barmen is also impressive. The focal point of the Von-der-Heydt Art Gallery – international contemporary art – provides an exciting contrast to the exterior ambience: this pantheon was inaugurated by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1900: It was intended to make old and not so old masters accessible to the citizens.