The landmark museum building on the Kleiner Schlossplatz Square provides an impressive backdrop for Stuttgart's important art collection. The glass cube rising to a height of 26 metres envelopes an inner cube made of stone. The building unfolds its true genius at night: While by day the cube presents a cool face to the outside world, at night the inner illuminated stone cube comes to the fore, bathed in a warm and inviting light.
On entering the museum, the two elongated exhibition levels tucked underneath the raised Kleiner Schlossplatz square provide the real architectural surprise of this unique building. The architects Hascher and Jehle made skilful use of two former traffic underpasses to create space for 4,000 square metres of additional exhibition space. This area is used primarily to exhibit the Museum's own collection. The 1,000 square metre cube is generally houses special temporary exhibitions.
In 1924, Count Silvio della Valle di Casanova bequeathed 77 paintings by Swabian impressionists to his adopted home city, creating the basis of what has become a municipal collection encompassing some 15,000 art works. Today, Stuttgart has become renowned primarily for the world's most significant collection of works by the artist Otto Dix. Visitors to the Museum will also encounter impressive collections from artists such as Adolf Hölzel, Willi Baumeister, Fritz Winter, Dieter Roth, Wolfgang Laib and Karin Sander.