The picturesque Böttcherstraße in the heart of the Hanseatic city of Bremen is known for its ornate brick architecture. The Böttcherstraße Museums (Museen Böttcherstraße) provide the architectural and cultural highlight of the Böttcherstraße ensemble. They include the Ludwig Roselius Museum, a 16th-century patrician house typical of old Bremen, and the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, which was designed by the sculptor, decorative artist and architect Bernhard Hoetger.
Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum
The Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum was the first museum in the world to be dedicated to the work of a female painter. The masterpieces on display illustrate the artist’s extraordinary importance as a pioneer of modern painting. The museum building was commissioned by the businessman and patron Ludwig Roselius, who owned a considerable collection of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s work. The building’s architect, Bernhard Hoetger, designed a unique building that is considered one of the most important examples of Expressionist architecture in Germany; it was opened in 1927 as a museum. In 1988 the collection was purchased by the city of Bremen and the Federal Republic of Germany.
The collection has been supplemented with works from the estate of the artist, which is managed by the Paula Modersohn-Becker Stiftung, founded in 1978 by the artist’s daughter, Mathilde Modersohn. In 1994 the savings bank Sparkasse Bremen invested in the museum’s restoration and expansion. Today the museum provides an overview of every phase of the artist’s oeuvre. The museum also houses the most extensive collection of works by Bernhard Hoetgers, beginning with sculptures that were still influenced by Auguste Rodin and continuing on to his more independent late period. Jenny Holzer’s installation For Paula Modersohn-Becker has been on permanent display since May 2005.
Ludwig Roselius Museum
The Roselius House is the historic centre of the Böttcherstraße. It was built in Renaissance style in 1588. Ludwig Roselius, the inventor of decaffeinated coffee and founder of the mercantile company Kaffee HAG, bought the building in 1902 and subsequently initiated a reshaping of the Böttcherstraße.
In 1907/08 he had the Roselius House renovated in keeping with his ideal image of the house of a medieval citizen of Bremen; in 1927/28, he had it embellished with a crow-stepped gable. In 1928 he opened the Ludwig Roselius Museum, granting the public access to his valuable collection of Northern European fine and decorative art. Today the collection continues to be presented according to Roselius’ intentions, featuring exquisite furniture, carpets, wall coverings and decorative art. Collectively this ensemble evokes the atmosphere of life in a middle-class, North German household. Precious artworks complete the overall impression and invite visitors to embark upon a journey through the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque epochs. Highlights of the collection are provided by the sculptures, including works by Tilmann Riemenschneider, and the group of medieval altarpieces, which is unique in Bremen, as well as paintings by Ludger tom Ring and Lucas Cranach the Elder. The historical silver treasury of Riga’s Compagnie der Schwarzen Häupter (Brotherhood of Blackheads) has been on permanent loan to the museum since 1987.
Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum & Ludwig Roselius Museum Böttcherstraße 6–10, 28195 Bremen
T +49 (0)421 33882-22 F +49 (0)421 33882-33
6 €, concessions: 4 €, children 6 and under: free Groups (of 10 or more): 4 € per person School groups: 1,50 € per person Audio guide: 2 € (plus admission) Admission Prices may vary during special exhibitions. Opening times
Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm