current exhibitions

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the sculptors have been working on the topos of the intact but vulnerable youth in a striking variety. The conception of a sensitive male body ideal appears as a conscious counter-movement to the heroic male images of the time. In an environment of the warlike-militant self-confidence of the late imperial era and still young democratic movements, the predominantly male artists sought to refine body and mind. The cult of youth, which flourished both in militant and pacifist circles around 1900, inspired this ideal of the sensitive man. Around 60 sculptures by sculptors from three generations, born between 1847 and 1912, can be seen in the exhibition, including works by Adolf von Hildebrand, Renée Sintenis, Hermann Blumenthal and Gerhard Marcks.

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Art Museum

The art museum

In addition to its permanent collections of the works of Ernst Geitlinger and Edwin Scharff, who was born in Neu-Ulm and gives his name to the museum, the museum regularly puts on different special exhibitions.

Our emphasis is on the art of the Classic Modernism period, i.e. from the end of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century. In line with Scharff’s artistic work, the museum places a special emphasis on sculpture. The career of Scharff as painter and sculptor, from distinguished professor of sculpture to ‘degenerate’ artist is representative of the fate of countless artists between the two world wars. By presenting 50 works by Ernst Geitlinger, the painter and professor of art at the Munich Art Academy, we contrast Scharff the sculptor with a painter of about his own age, who unlike Scharff, did not remain committed to figurative art. On the contrary, he dared to make the great leap forward in the art of the 20th century: from figuration to abstraction.

Picture Gallery

permanent collection

The Scharff Collection

Our museum is founded on the bequest of the painter, graphic artist and sculptor Edwin Scharff (1887–1955) who was born in Neu-Ulm. The museum provides a broad outline of his oeuvre and significance, placing him in the context of contemporaries such as Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Barlach and Georg Kolbe. Scharff is regarded as one of the most important German sculptors of the first half of the 20th century. He was particularly well-known and successful during his Berlin years (1923–1932).

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The Geitlinger Collection

The museum houses a large part of the bequest of Ernst Geitlinger (1895–1972) which was bequeathed to us by the Ernst Geitlinger Society. A permanent exhibition is devoted to this artist, who enjoyed experimenting with different techniques in his paintings and sculptures and was also a professor at the Munich Academy. He is now regarded as a pioneer of German abstract and non-figurative art.

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