Founded in 1903 as the Germanic Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum is the only museum in North America dedicated to the study of art from the German-speaking countries of central and northern Europe in all media and in all periods. Its holdings include signiﬁcant works of Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and material related to the Bauhaus. Other strengths include late medieval sculpture and 18th-century art.
The museum also holds noteworthy postwar and contemporary art from German-speaking Europe, including works by Georg Baselitz, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, and Rosemarie Trockel, as well as one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Joseph Beuys’ multiples.
Special Notice: The galleries of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums are currently closed for the ﬁnal phases of a renovation and expansion project. A new state-of-the-art Harvard Art Museums facility, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will unite the three museums under one roof, and will open to the public at our historic 32 Quincy Street location on November 16, 2014. Read more about the project, including an overview, timeline, and weekly updates, in our Renovation section. See the Visit page for information about access to the museums during the project.