The Cologne Kollwitz Collection

The world’s largest Kollwitz collection

After more than 35 years of active collecting, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne now boasts more than 300 drawings, over 550 prints, all the artist’s posters as well as her entire sculptural work.

Among the drawings – one of the museum’s focal points – there are some of the most expressive sheets, many from the artist’s late period when she was mainly occupied with the theme of ›Death‹. The early period is represented by three of the fewer than 10 pastels that have been preserved and by the charcoal drawings that she mainly created for the satirical magazine Simplicissimus. The museum’s collection also comprises sketch-like preparatory drawings which highlight the genesis of important sheets from her print cycles. One focal point in this area is the genesis of the »Peasants War« (1901-1908) and »War« (1921/1922) cycles.

A tour of the Collection 

This tour of the collection gives visitors an insight into the artist’s work, arranged according to thematic areas. Please note that not all the works shown here are on permanent display at the museum.

Käthe Kollwitz - Self-portraits


Käthe Kollwitz - Early individual sheets

Early individual sheets

Käthe Kollwitz - »A Weavers’ Revolt« cycle

»A Weavers’ Revolt« cycle

Käthe Kollwitz - Parisian inspirations

Parisian inspirations

Käthe Kollwitz - »Peasants War« cycle

»Peasants War« cycle

Käthe Kollwitz - Love scenes and nudes

Love scenes and nudes

Käthe Kollwitz - Mothers and children

Mothers and children

Käthe Kollwitz - Social criticism

Social criticism

Käthe Kollwitz - Politics


Käthe Kollwitz - »War« cycle

Series »War«

Käthe Kollwitz - The war years

The war years

Käthe Kollwitz - Posters


Käthe Kollwitz - Farewell and death

Farewell and death

Käthe Kollwitz - series »Death«

Series »Death«

Käthe Kollwitz - Sculptural works

Sculptural works


Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Neumarkt 18-24 / Neumarkt Passage

50667 Köln

+49 (0)221 227 2899

+49 (0)221 227 2602

Opening hours

Tue - Sun

11 am – 6 pm

Public holidays

11 am – 6 pm

First Thu each month

11 am – 8 pm



Please note

The Käthe Kollwitz Museum's exhibition rooms are temporarily closed due to extensive renovation work.

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