A visit to the Musée Unterlinden covers nearly 7,000 years of history, from the prehistoric era to 20th century art.
Whilst travelling in time amidst the museum’s encyclopaedic collections, visitors can also discover the multiple facets of its architecture, which have been unified and enhanced by the architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Medieval cloister presents the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with works by the likes of Martin Schongauer, Hans Holbein and Lucas Cranach, as well as the museum’s great masterpiece, the Isenheim Altarpiece (1512–1516) by Grünewald and Niclaus of Haguenau.
The former baths building inaugurated in 1906 provides a perfect space for temporary events, whilst the works of major 20th century artists such as Monet, de Staël, Picasso and Dubuffet have a new showcase in the contemporary wing.
Restoration of the Isenheim Altarpiece
The Isenheim Altarpiece, the monumental polyptych created between 1512 and 1516 by the painter Grünewald and the sculptor Niclaus of Haguenau, is the masterpiece of the collection at Colmar’s Musée Unterlinden. Having been regularly maintained and revarnished since the 18th century, it underwent an exceptional full restoration project beginning in 2018 (covering everything from the painted panels and sculptures to the frames and more), with visitors able to observe the completion of the process in late June 2022.
Fabienne Verdier – The Song of the Stars
1st of October 2022 – 27th of March 2023
In autumn 2022, the Musée Unterlinden will devote a major monographic exhibition to Fabienne Verdier, comprising 92 works responding to the museum’s collections and architecture. The exhibition is designed as a progression beginning in the permanent collections, where Fabienne Verdier’s creations sit alongside Old Master paintings and works of modern art. By playing on correspondences of forms, rhythms, colours, compositions or subjects, she encourages visitors to think about the way they approach an artwork and to take a fresh perspective on the paintings of Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach, Jean-Jacques Henner, Serge Poliakoff, Jean Dubuffet or Georg Baselitz.