Picasso & Hummel - Lithographie / Collotype / Etching
May 24, 2017- May 2018

An unexpected liaison between two artists is taking place in the Berta Hummel Museum in Massing. From a private collector the museum has received a number of lithographs, collotypes and etchings - some even with the original Picasso signature. Posters from well-known Picasso exhibitions, mostly in France, together with a ceramic bowl will also be on display. The world-famous Spanish painter, graphic artist and sculptor left a large number of paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and fine ceramics behind for the world of art appreciation. The total is estimated to be 50,000 works of art. They represent a huge variety of different forms and as many different techniques as well. The works from his blue and his pink period and the beginnings of Cubism (together with Georges Braque) mark the commencement of a very exceptional artist’s career.

Pablo Picasso - often referred to as the “world artist“ - is meeting Berta M. I. Hummel - world famous for her Hummel figurines - in the Berta Hummel Museum. In the 1930’s her Hummel figurines, often referred to as the „Hummel children,“ became more and more popular. For many generations they have represented art to view and enjoy. However, Berta Hummel’s diverse artistic talents remained for the most part unrecognised behind the sweet, perfect world of the Hummel children. She left many works of art behind, many from the time of her studies in Munich where she still signed her works with „Berta Hummel“: water colors of landscapes and flowers-both powerful and fluid-detailed street pictures, exquisite nude drawings, fascinating portraits and brutally honest caricatures. Many of her works of art have only been displayed in the museum in the last few years.

July 23, 2017 - A Hummel figurine originates from many parts - the Hummel
Museum is 23 years old
October 1, 2017 - 1 p.m. Free guided tour of the museum
December 2-3, 2017 Christmas Market in Massing
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"How everything began" Berta M.I.Hummel
May 18,2018 to May 2019

A cross-section of the complete artistic works of Berta Hummel will be presented in this exhibition, beginning with her first sketches as a child, the works done during her time at the University of Applied Arts in Munich, and extending to the pictures done after she entered the Franciscan convent in Siessen. Those were the pictures used as models for the world-famous Hummel figurines. For the first time ever, the first six Hummel originals will be shown, which were the basis for the first "Fleißbildchen“ ( little cards which were often used in schools for pupils who had done their work well). The first “Fleißbildchen“ or little pictures made by the publishing companies, Ver Sacrum and der Verlag für christliche Kunst in München (the Publishing House for Christian Art in Munich) will also be on display. Less well-known "little pictures“ with English, French or Dutch texts will also be shown, as well as other little pictures, such as the artist’s "taking of the vows" or the little pictures that were presented in her memory to the guests at her funeral. A selection of prints never shown before will also be on exhibit.
In 1994 The Berta Hummel Museum in the Hummel family home was opened with the exhibition „Life-long creative works of an artist.“ This exhibition will be the 22nd and will include Hummel originals, some of which have never been shown before. The first Hummel figurine ever made will also be on display. Originally Berta Hummel wanted to do the figurines in terra-cotta or simply in white,. But the W. Goebel Porcelain Factory, the producer of Hummel figurines at that time, convinced her that only colorful figurines would sell. Some time ago the Berta Hummel Museum was able to purchase the first Hummel figurine - a terra-cotta boy on a hike. That figurine will be displayed along with one in white and another in black from the series „Zeitgeist“ (Spirit of the Age)
The Berta Hummel Museum has the largest Hummel figurine collection in the world with over 3,000 pieces. Approximately 500 of those can be seen in the entrance to the museum.
Future Activities:
July 22, 2 p.m. Hummel treasures
Have your Hummel treasures valued
Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Free guided tour of the museum
Dec. 1 and 2 - Christmas program during the Christmas market in Massing
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Bavaria and Tirol - Berta M.I.Hummel and Paul Flora
April 15th, 2016 to April, 2017

Paul Flora is the ninth artist to enter into dialog with Berta M.I. Hummel here in the Berta Hummel Museum. Berta Hummel became world famous for the porcelain figurines that were modeled from her drawings. The many other facets of the artist’s talents remained undiscovered behind the world of the sweet, innocent children. Her works of art were manifold - many of them done during her university years in Munich, where she was studying art and still signing her works with "Berta Hummel.“ This exhibition will show landscape paintings, street scenes, portraits and brutally honest caricatures - in dialog with Paul Flora’s works which were often done with a fine pen or quill.

Paul Flora was probably the most important Austrian cartoonist and illustrator of the post World War II period. He worked for the newspaper „Die Zeit“ for many years and the „Observer“, the New York Times and the Canberra Times printed his cartoons. His pictures were exhibited in the most important European museums and in New York as well. In 1987 he became a member of the Bavarian Academy of Arts. Born in South Tirol he lived in Innsbruck where he adopted his trademark - the black raven. When the artist died in 2009 he left a life’s work of over 10,000 works. In this exhibition we are proud to show more than 50 pictures from his daughter’s and his son’s collection.
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From the pictures to the figurines - 80th Anniversary of the Hummel Figurines
March 14, 2015 to March , 2016

M. I. Hummel - a name that is known universally in the world of porcelain figurines. The success story of the „Hummel figures“ began in the 1930s and has been a visible part of the childhood of many generations of young people since then.

These Hummel „children“ are soon to be 80 years old. The first 46 Hummel figurines were presented by the Goebel Porcelain Factory at the Spring Fair in Leipzig in the year 1935. And it is this event that the Berta Hummel Museum in the Hummel family home will be celebrating with nearly 100 Hummel original drawings which were used to make the first Hummel figurines at the Goebel Porcelain Factory. Information from our archives state that Berta Hummel herself viewed the first 180 figurines and chose suitable colors for them.

The Berta Hummel Museum in the Hummel family home was opened in 1994. At that time there were nearly 1000 original drawings and since then another 100 have been acquired. At least half of those were used as models for the Hummel figurines. With over 3500 figurines available in the archives and still more from collectors of Hummel figurines, the museum is able to present some very old figurines together with the sketches they were made from. Some real „surprises“ will be shown from the Goebel insolvency sale - figurines in various stages of production that have never before been shown to the public.

Upcoming events:
April 27th, 5 p.m.: Hummel Treasures - find out the value of your treasures

May 10th, 2 p.m.: M. Huschka demonstates modeling figurines

July 26th, 2 p.m.: No charge for the guided tour through the museum ( 4 euros entrance fee)

November 29th, 2 p.m.: Painting-Event - a painter of Hummel figurines will be our guest
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Traces of Humanity - Berta Hummel
November 1st, 2014 to February, 2015

Berta M.I. Hummel - a name that has become a world-famous trademark because of the porcelain figurines. The march of fame for the „Hummel children“ began in the 1930’s and the porcelain children have been enjoyed by many generations of lovers of the figurines. For many years the versatility of the highly talented young artist remained hidden behind the idyllic world of the Hummel children. But there were many other sides to Berta Hummel. Many works of art from her university time in Munich, before she entered the convent and where she still signed her pictures with "Berta Hummel" remain today. We will be showing religious motives, landscape pictures and portraits.

In the last years more and more people have become interested in this other highly talented Berta Hummel, in her life and her art work. Her story is one of success, an attestation to her time, but also in some ways a tragedy.

The exhibition is planned until the end of February 2015. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. On Sundays and holidays it is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
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Traces of Humanity - Andreas Kuhnlein / Berta Hummel
March 21st to October 31st, 2014

One of the most important responsibilities for the curator of a museum is making contact with and talking to other artists at the art shows. And that is the way the first contacts with Andreas Kuhnlein and his wife Geli took place - at the opening of the exhibition in Miesbach. The parents-in-law of my daughter Stefanie were also a great help, as they have been friends with Andreas Kuhnlein for many years. As a result we now have the opportunity of showing 23 sculptures in the museums in Massing - 14 in the Berta Hummel Museum and 9 in the Lower Bavarian Open Air Museum.

Andreas Kuhnlein was born in Unterwoessen in the Chiemgau in 1953. For him the tree is the intrinsic symbol for man. Using branches from dead or upturned trees, he turns them into human beings - characterized by their vulnerability and their perishability. Kuhnlein believes that a tree with its annual growth rings bears the same traces of time as the human countenance. They are pictures that make us ask the questions - who are we? where do we come from? and where are we going?
His exhibitions have been seen in a great number of places, both within and outside of Germany.

Berta M.I. Hummel - a name that has become a world-famous trademark because of the porcelain figurines. The march of fame for the „Hummel children“ began in the 1930’s and the porcelain children have been enjoyed by many generations of lovers of the figurines. For many years the versatility of the highly talented young artist remained hidden behind the idyllic world of the Hummel children. But there were many other sides to Berta Hummel. Many works of art from her university time in Munich, before she entered the convent and where she still signed her pictures with "Berta Hummel" remain today. We will be showing pieces of Berta Hummel’s art that complement the sculptures from Andreas Kuhlein. These include religious motives, landscape pictures and portraits.

In the last years more and more people have become interested in this other highly talented Berta Hummel, in her life and her art work. Her story is one of success, an attestation to her time, but also in some ways a tragedy.
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Lost and Found: Berta Hummel's rediscovered Works
January 30, 2013 to January, 2014

On January 29th, 2013, Manfred Hölzlein, the highest county official, will open the exhibition "Lost and Found: Berta Hummel's rediscovered Works." Nearly one hundred of her works have been rediscovered since the opening of the museum in 1994. Many of these were paintings privately owned by families who no longer wished to keep the works of art and sold them to the museum. Another large portion of these rediscovered works, the calendar series, was part of an American collection, which was also made available to the museum. Last year, with the closing of the Goebel-Hummel archives in Roedental another 38 pictures came into our possession. Many of these pictures were motives for the world famous Hummel figurines.

After many exhibitions with famous German artists, this will be an exhibition showing only the works of Berta Hummel. Along with all of the rediscovered work of Berta Hummel, there is also a room displaying her flower paintings. For the collectors of Hummel figurines we also have a showcase with the Hummel figurines exhibited next to the original paintings.

The exhibition is planned until the end of January 2014. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. On Sundays and holidays it is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
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Two Artists, Two Lives - Berta Hummel and Käthe Kollwitz
September 29, 2012 to January 20, 2013

One of the main guidelines of our museum is to support effective, long-lasting and modern cultural activities in our society. This time we have been able to culturally connect Cologne, Massing and Tegernsee. Thanks to Sandra Wiedemann, the extremely competent director of the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee, we will be able to present a comprehensive collective of the works of Käthe Kollwitz in our museum from September 2012 to January 2013. The exhibition will then be moved to the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee. Fifty of her artistic works covering a period of over forty years will be shown.

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) observed the world realistically and with eyes wide open and she possessed the ability to transfer this reality into her art both boldly and with great insight. Her works can be seen as critical artistic accusations, calling for peace in a manner that can still be heard today. She was raised in a liberal middle-class family. Her training took her from the academy in Königsberg to the Munich School of Art, where she was influenced strongly by Fritz Ude and Max Liebermann. After being exposed to the hardship and poverty in north Berlin, she began her first works that were critical of social inequalities. "Ein Weberaufstand" (protesting weavers) was her first attempt and she immediately made a name for herself in the artistic world. (This remained her most famous work throughout her lifetime.)

Käthe Kollwitz and Berta Hummel are the most famous German artists of the 20th century. That alone is reason enough to bring the two together.

M.I. Hummel - a name known world-wide in the field of porcelain figurines. In the 1930's the "Hummel Children" began their successful development and have remained a part of the lives of generations of children since then. For many years the artist Berta Hummel remained hidden behind the porcelain figurines. However the works she completed in her lifetime - many of them from her university years in Munich where she still signed them with her own name "Berta Hummel" are many in number, including landscapes, flowers in exquisite colors, detailed street scenes, nude drawings, portraits and fascinating caricatures. Her life stotry is both a success story and a tragedy.

This exhibition will show a smaller selection of her works during her lifetime. The selection is a bit smaller as the 50 large pictures by Käthe Kollwitz will need a great deal of the room in our museum. In 2012, however, there will be an exhibition with works exclusively by Berta Hummel, including the nearly 100 new works acquired by the museum since its founding in 1994.
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City and Country - Honoré Daumier and Berta Hummel
Exhibition from May 12, 2012 to August 31st, 2012

Honoré Daumier was probably one of the most important 19th century French graphic artists in the field of caricatures. He went to Paris at an early age where he, for the most post, trained himself in the fields of painting, sculptures and lithographic prints. When the first magazines dealing with caricatures began to appear regularly, he worked as an artist for "La Caricature" from the years 1830 to 1835 and from 1832 to 1875 for the magazine "Le Charivari". Political satire and criticism of conventional morality were reoccurring themes in his works. His precise and clear-cut style, achieving impressive effects with seemingly little effort, made lithography an art in itself. He made illustrations for books and caricatures in the form of sculptures. In the 1860s he began painting, specializing in the fields of romanticism and early modern realism. Two of his series have been made available for this exhibition by the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee. They are "Honoré Daumier and the Hunt" and "Honoré Daumier and the citizens of Paris".

The exhibition will also be showing a number of caricatures done by Berta Hummel and a number of animal and landscape paintings never before shown to the public. Her pictures also include paintings of city views done during her university years in Munich from 1927 to 1931. Her best-known painting "The Lady in Red" is also on display. At the entrance to the museum, the visitor can see a selection of Hummel figurines from the museums's collection, the largest in the world. In the exhibition also Hummel figurines on display dealing with the theme of hunting, that were modeled from paintings by Berta Hummel herself.
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Max, Moritz and the Goosegirl - Wilhelm Busch meets Berta Hummel
May 21st, 2011 to April 2012

The Lower Bavarian regional president Manfred Hölzlein will open the new exhibition "Max, Moritz and the Goose Girl - Wilhelm Busch meets Berta Hummel" on Friday, the 13th of May 2011. We will be showing 54 Wilhelm Busch pictures from the German Museum for caricatures and drawings - Wilhelm Busch in Hannover, including "Max and Moritz - the first and third tricks" and "The pious Helena". We will also be showing "The little Pepi with his new trousers" and "The abduction from the Serail" and many others from the series "Münchener Bilderbogen" (pictures from Munich). Some of his less well-known works from the series "Zeichnungen nach der Natur", including portraits and oil paintings of his home in Wiedensahl will be shown.

Some of Berta Hummel's children's portraits and pictures from fairy tales that have not been shown before will also appear in the exhibition. Along with them, the visitors will see newly acquired works, caricatures, landscapes and portraits by Berta Hummel. The exhibition will end in April 2012. In Oktober 2011 part of the Wilhelm Busch pictures will be replaced by some of his other works, setting new accents and making the exhibition worth a seond visit.

Deutsches Museum für Karikatur und Zeichenkuns - Wilhelm Busch
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Freedom and Free Spirits - Olaf Gulbransson meets Berta Hummel
Exhibition from May 18th, 2010 to April 2011

The works of the famous Norwegian painter Olaf Gulbransson and those of Berta Hummel will come together for the first time in the Hummel House in Massing. Olaf Gulbransson is well known for his political caricatures in satirical Norwegian magazines - in Germany he is best known for his sketches in "Simplicissimus". Olaf drew hard-hitting sketches for the magazine and each sketch was accompanied by a fitting comment. Even today Olaf Gulbranssons's caricatures of famous people of his time are still greatly loved and appreciated.

Olaf Gulbransson illustrated many books, just as Berta Hummel did. His illustrations included Hans-Christian Andersen's "Märchen" (Fairy Tales) and his collegue Ludwig Thoma's "Lausbuben Geschichen."

Berta Hummel's excellent portraits will be shown in this exhibition. During her years as a student in Munich, she did many character portraits. Two self-portraits and "The Lady in Red" will also be shown. Berta Hummel, much like her collegue Olaf Gulbransson, enjoyed painting and drawing realistic caricatures.

Both artists loved their homeland dearly. Berta Hummel painted charming aquarells of her Bavarian homeland and Olaf Gulbransson loved to paint his "second home", the Bavarian Alps near Tegernsee from the "Schererhof." He often called Tegernsee "His fjord".
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Looking back - Berta Hummel's 100th Birthday
Exhibition from May 21st, 2009 to April 2010

"M.I. Hummel" - a name that has become well known in the world of porcelain figurines. From the 1930's until today the "Hummel children" have continued to grow in popularity and have remained a source of enjoyment for generations of children.

For many years a great deal of attention was placed on the "innocent and loving world" portrayed by the children in the figurines, leaving the artist with all her many talents in the background. Her works of art, many of which were done in her pre-convent period during her university time in Munich when she was still signed her work with "Berta Hummel" have remained for us to enjoy. Among them are wonderful water color paintings of landscapes and flowers, local paintings from scenes on the streets of Bavaria in exquisite detail, masterly drawings of nudes, powerful portraits and unforgiving caricatures.

In recent years people have begun to turn their attention toward the not-so-well-known "other Hummel". The story of her life -both private and professional - is a story of success but also one of tragedy, a life greatly influenced by the events of that time.

The exhibition in honor of Berta Hummel's 100th birthday deals with biographical themes. It covers her first pictures with colored pencils done as a happy child and ends with her last drawings, done shortly before her death. An assortment of documents and photographs compliment and complete the exhibition.

Near the entrance the visitor can see an exhibition of old Hummel figurines and Hummel dolls. This is a small but very interesting selection from the archives of the Hummel Museum, the largest collection of Hummel figurines world wide.

The book "I Want to Give Joy - A Fateful Woman's Career" by Dido Nitz, arsEdition München accompanies this exhibition and is available for 29,95 Euros. The ISBN number is 978-3-7607-2964-0
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Soul Landscapes - Lovis Corinth / Berta Hummel / Peter Wittmann
Exhibition from March 14th, 2008 to May 2009

This year, 2008, marks Lovis Corinth's 150th birthday. (1858-1925). For this reason renowned museums like the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Museum of Art in Leipzig and the East German Gallery in Regensburg are planning Lovis Corinth exhibitions. The first of these exhibitions will be "Soul Landscapes" in the Berta Hummel Museum in Massing.

Pictures from Corinth's Walchensee series have been made available by the East German Gallery in Regensburg. There will also be Corinth prints from Otto Mauer's collection in the Archbishop's Museum in Vienna. Berta Hummel works (1909-1946) and Peter Wittman works (1951-) dealing with similar themes will also be on display.

A number of Berta Hummel's landscapes and city scenes from her Bavarian home painted during her university years in Munich can be seen together with pictures from a later period when she was in the convent in Sießen. Here the visitor can see landscapes with her Hummel children or landscapes with religious motives, such as the picture "Shephards on the way to Bethlehem."

Peter Wittman, a painter from Regensburg will be showing landscapes from 1984 to 1989 - pictures that resulted from his five-year-stay in the Himalayas (1977 to 1982).

Along with works from the three artists mentioned above, the visitor can see old Hummel figurines and Hummel dolls in the entranceway to the museum. There is also a selection of some of the museum's Hummel figurines from the world's largest collection on display.

A catalog will also be available with texts by Dr. Genoveva Nitz (an art historian), Dr. Herber Schneidler (Director of the East German Gallery in Regensburg) and Dr. Roman Zieglgänsberger (Director of the Print Collection in the East German Gallery in Regensburg). The catalog includes many pictures.
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Heremit and nun - Alfred Kubin and Berta Hummel
20. July 2007 - March 2008

With Alfred Kubin – one of the well-known austrian drawers is shown in the Berta-Hummel-Museum in the Hummelhaus. Alfred Kubin spent the longest part of his life in Zwickledt – just 80 km away from Massing. Taken out of the Otto-Mauer-Collection Vienna– some of his well-known works are exhibited here since 21. Juli 2007 - next to the series “Kritiker", "Way to Damascus" and “Am Rande des Lebens”. Berta Hummel is represented with interesting pictures of her study time in Munich from 1927 to 1931.Even some works made in the early years in the convent are to be seen in this exhibition.
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Looking back - In memory of Berta Hummel's death 60 years ago
08. November 2006 - Juni 2007

Dr. Thomas Goppel, the Bavarian Minister of State, opened the new exhibition “Looking back – In memory of Berta Hummel’s death 60 years ago” on November 8, 2006. For this exhibition a representative selection of art works from her entire life span will be shown. The works of art will include selections from her school years, from the years at the university in Munich, from her time in the Franciscan Convent in Sießen, her sketches for the stations of the cross, pictures with religious themes and of course a selection of the children’s pictures, which were used as the basis for the world-famous Hummel figurines.
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The new exhibition was opened on May 19th, 2006 by district president, Manfred Hölzlein. Horst Janssen is considered to be the most important German post-war painter and graphic artist and the Berta Hummel Museum was proud to be presenting a selection of 33 of his excellent works. The Horst-Janssen Museum in Oldenburg has made these excellent works available to our museum. At the opening of the exhibition the director of the Horst Janssen Museum, Dr. Moster-Hoos, spoke about his life and about the works she had brought with her. This exhibition is only the fourth in southern Germany. His pictures have only been exhibited in Stuttgart, Nürnberg and Munich. Berta Hummel and Horst Janssen complement each other in the exhibition. A close comparison of the portraits and the self-portraits reveals similarities and parallels that will surprise and fascinate the viewers.
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On June 27th 2005 the mayor of Regensburg, Mr. Hans Schaidinger, had opened the new exhibition entitled "Rooms of Blossoms". This was the 9th exhibition since the opening of the Berta-Hummel-Museum on July 22nd 1994.
For the first time a second artist had his works on display with the works of Berta Hummel. This person was the Bavarian artist Mr. Peter Wittmann who lives and works in Regensburg.
The exhibition concentrated exclusively on flowers in water colors, pencil sketches, pastels, acryl and oil paintings. Each artist was allotted a separate room, but their pictures were also displayed together in other rooms. Certainly an interesting exhibition.
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Over the past ten years, researches tracing the art of Berta Hummel have led to the discovery of a large number of hitherto unknown works. In some cases it proved possible to purchase these for the Museum. Thanks to documentary evidence several objects could be assigned definitely to specific work periods. In this exhibition we were able to present to the public for the first time a number of unknown portraits, flower studies and landscapes in water colour.
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The sense of confidence and satisfaction experienced by Berta Hummel during her student years at the State College of Applied Arts in Munich are reflected in a versatile creative output comprizing landscapes, town scenes, floral studies, still life compositions, portraits, motifs with children, carricatures and applied arts. The exhibition "Study years in Munich" offered the visitor an impressive selection of works from this time.
A high point of the last ten years was reached with the production of a Catalogue raisonné of Hummel works from her Munich years 1927 - 1931. This volume with over 400 illustrations in colour was published by the Munich Prestel-Verlag in November 2002.
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