Today, Museum Wiesbaden is a museum of art and nature. Built in the early years of the 20th century to plans by architect Theodor Fischer, it is one of the three State ofHessen museums. The museum has an international reputation thanks to its art collections, above all the portfolio of a good one hundred works by Russian Expressionist Alexei von Jawlensky (born 1864 in Torzhok, died 1941 inWiesbaden). The museum’s main collection focuses are on German Expressionism, Constructivist positions, and post-War art. Starting with international representatives of Abstract Expressionism, the list of big names extends from Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt through K. O. Götz, Gerhard Hoeme, Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorf, Joseph Beuys, to Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell and Dieter Roth.
Moreover, the museum program includes regular special exhibitions featuring international art, such as in spring 2012 when the first retrospective on the black-and-white works by Jawlensky Prize winner Ellsworth Kelly opened. Parallel to it, masterpieces from the Prints Collection will be on show through the fall. As the birthplace of Fluxus, Museum Wiesbaden is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world’s very first Fluxus performances, which took place in the museum’s auditorium from Sept. 1-23, 1962 as part of the International Festival of Newest Music. Together with Ben Patterson an exhibition has been organized that is devoted to the performance side to Fluxus art. Alongside film excerpts, audio snippets, and sculptures, the museum has, together with the Institute for Contemporary Music at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts and Staatstheater Wiesbaden, organized both the performance of some of the best-known Fluxus pieces and also the presentation of modern recordings of classic and exemplary Fluxus pieces. In summer, the exhibition on Space as Line with American drawings and sculptures veritably takes up the Fluxus tradition of deconstruction, in that the movement set out with its specific type of score to redefine what constituted an artistic statement.