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Ansicht der Lyonel-Feininger-Galerie, Foto: Peter Kühn, Dessau Lyonel Feininger: Selbstbildnis mit Tonpfeife, 1910, Öl auf Leinwand Lyonel Feininger: Old Windmill, 1933, Aquarell und Feder Die Hände Lyonel Feiningers und der Druckstock für ð ‡­ie Giebel in Lüneburg“, Foto: Andreas Feininger

The Lyonel Feininger Gallery is a museum and exhibition space for 20th century and contemporary art. The museum is dedicated to the work of Lyonel Feininger and houses one of the most important collections of the graphic works of Lyonel Feininger in the world. The collection is on permanent loan from Dr. Hermann Klumpp, a former Bauhaus student and resident of Quedlinburg. Numerous watercolors and drawings as well as a number of photographs and objects created by Feininger himself enhance the collection. In addition to a unique number of early paintings, the collection also includes Self-Portrait with a Clay Pipe from 1910 as well as Vollersroda I, an early major work influenced by Cubism.

The collection is augmented by works of other artists of Classical Modernism, including Lovis Corinth, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Emil Nolde. Of particular note are the pieces that were supplied as permanent loans by the German Foundation for Monument Protection in 2005. The gallery also holds an extensive collection of graphic works by artists of the former German Democratic Republic.

The Lyonel Feininger Gallery, which opened in 1986 and was expanded with a new addition in 1997, enjoys a prominent location at the foot of the imposing castle mountain. The gallery offers a scenic contrast to the surrounding predominantly medieval old town of Quedlinburg, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Since 2006 the museum, one of the jewels of Germany's museum landscape, has been an independent institution of the Moritzburg Foundation, the State Art Museum of Saxony-Anhalt.

The German-American painter and graphic artist Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) counts as one of the most important representatives of the "Classical Modern". The Quedlinburg collection is the most comprehensive portfolios of graphic works by the artist in Europe, and includes works executed between 1906 and 1937. The gallery presents Feininger's work according to chronological, thematic or stylistic aspects while simultaneously placing them in perspective with their intellectual and art historical framework.