The Große Kunstschau houses the most famous paintings of Worpswede’s first generation of painters and is the centrepiece of Bernhard Hoetger’s outstanding architectural ensemble. This unique architectural masterpiece of north German Expressionism is complemented by the newly-renovated and now the most modern museum building in Worpswede. Originally developed from the former Roselius Museum, it provides exhibition space for current and contemporary art.
Adjoining this is Kaffee Worpswede, also designed by Bernhard Hoetger, which offers creative delicacies for the palate in an ambience that has preserved its original flair.
In the exhibition rooms of the historical Hoetger building, the Große Kunstschau presents works from Worpswede’s first generation of painters: Heinrich Vogeler, Otto Modersohn, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Hans am Ende, Fritz Overbeck, Fritz Mackensen and Carl Vinnen. In addition, its modern rooms show temporary exhibitions of current and contemporary art as well as works from the collections of the local Cultural Foundation, the "Kulturstiftung Landkreis Osterholz".