H2 (Foto: Felix Weinold)
© Jaume Plensa "The secret heart", 2015/2016 (Foto: Felix Weinold)
Ferit Kuyas, "Kyle" from "Aurora - Struggles", 2011 © Ferit Kuyas
Larry Sultan, Meander, Corte Madera, 2006 © The Estate of Larry Sultan, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

H2 – Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast

The H2 - Centre for Contemporary Art in the Glass Palace is Augsburg's municipal museum of contemporary art. Since its founding in 2006, it has been located in the so-called Glaspalast in Augsburg's textile quarter, a former cotton mill built by Philipp Jakob Manz and completed in 1910. The "H" stands for hall. The H2 continuously shows special exhibitions and presentations of its own collection of young, contemporary art, which is currently being built up.

HISTORY

The H2 - Centre for Contemporary Art is Augsburg's newest art museum. In 2006, it was reopened after a three-year planning and realisation phase as a result of the closure of the former "Kunsthalle am Wittelsbacherpark", which officially ended its operations in 2003. Since 2006, the H2 has presented 56 exhibitions as well as numerous artist talks, performances, concerts, conferences and guest events.

COLLECTION

For the first time, the Sammlung Neue Kunst has a venue in H2 where its own holdings and new acquisitions can be regularly presented in alternation with the museum's special exhibition programme. In changing stagings and constellations, the series 'Die Sammlung Neue Kunst' (The New Art Collection) shows the still young collection that is being built up. In addition to internationally and nationally discussed positions, it also includes a number of works by regional artists as well as artists working in Augsburg. In addition to private foundations, donations and the active support of the Freunde der Kunstsammlungen Augsburg E.V. (Friends of the Augsburg Art Collections), numerous works have found their way into the collection as a result of projects and collaboration with artists. The collection thus also has a focus that visibly reflects the exhibition activities of the H2.

LIBRARY

Originally generated from the entire holdings of the Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, the museum library, which is now being systematically expanded, focuses on monographic and thematic exhibition catalogues, reference works and periodicals on the fine arts from classical modernism to the present. It can also be used as a reading and seminar room and is available to interested visitors free of charge as a reference library.

ARTOTHEK

An Artothek run by the Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst (GfG) offers art lovers the opportunity to borrow contemporary art for their home environment. There is a choice of more than 140 works on paper by internationally, nationally and regionally known artists, which can be borrowed for two months for a small fee. Opening hours: See website: www.artothek-augsburg.de