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Sammlung Prinzhorn (The Prinzhorn Collection)

The Prinzhorn Collection is the custodian of a worldwide exceptional body of work done by patients in psychiatric hospitals at the dawn of the 20th century, collated by the art historian and physician of the Heidelberg Psychiatric University hospital, Hans Prinzhorn from 1919 to 1921.

The Prinzhorn Collection comprises some 5000 works, the majority in pencil or crayons, together with paintings in oils and watercolours, fabric art, and wood sculptures. 435 patients/artists, including some 80 women, are represented in the collection. They were mostly committed to institutions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and by and large diagnosed as "schizophrenic".

Special Exhibition: The Team as Curator

December 14, 2017 - April 15, 2018

The Heidelberg Prinzhorn Collection showing an exciting diversity: Each member of the museum's staff presents works of the historical collection particularly dear to them, either new entries or items never before shown to the public. In addition to the largest work of the collection measuring 6 m by 2.3 m and the smallest with a size of 4.4 cm by 3.6 cm they show acrylic imagery rich in color as well as detailed large pencil drawings, delicate pastels are to be seen next to expressive oil paintings.

A small group of works display material unusual for artistic creation such as toilet paper orbed linen. With another, they show that patients occasionally used templates from the visual arts and advertising for their drawings.

Opening Hours & Prices

Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am to 8 pm (until 5 pm on holidays)
Monday closed.

Adults: €5, reduced €3
with the HeidelbergCARD €2 discount.


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