|About the Museum||Otto Dix was born in 1891 in Untermhaus near Gera, the son of Franz and Louise Dix, an ironworker and a seamstress,. Today the area is among the most beautiful in Gera. The Dix family occupied two rooms in an apartment building near the Church of St. Mary (Marienkirche). No could have known at the time that a hundred years hence Dix would be one of the most significant German artists of the 20th century. In 1991, Dix’s expanded and restored birthplace was inaugurated as a museum; since then, it has housed one of the largest publicly accessible collections of his works.
The visitor finds a permanent exhibition of the artist’s major works. Additionally, the historic atmosphere of working class household at the turn of the twentieth century has been recreated through a collection of materials that gives insight into Dix’s life. A program of special exhibits on regional art history and contemporary art rounds out the offerings.
|Museum Collections||The foundation of the Gera Art Collection is a mid-sized inventory of paintings, graphic prints, drawings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the present day. It comprises just under 11,000 objects. Highlights of the collection are exhibited in the recently renovated North wing of the Orangery.
Under the name “From Cranach to Dix,” we have create unique constellations of known and lesser-known works and artists, with pictures from various centuries, generations and worldviews. We have placed Alexander Wolfgang next to Hans Thoma, combined Barbara Toch with Karl Weschke, set 19th century works from Gera together with scenes from the famous Munich and Dresden schools of painting, and created encounters between Joseph Beuys and Horst Sakulowski and Rainer Schumacher. In short, the exhibition demonstrates the uniqueness of a specific region in connection with the larger world of art history.
The graphics collection includes works from Dürer’s time to the present day. One extraordinary group of works is titled “Sketches from the GDR” and comprises just under 2,000 works. In the studio space at Otto Dix House, you have the opportunity of receiving expert instruction in