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Josef-Hegenbarth-Archive

Untouched are the scrubby brushes in their stone pots on the wooden desk in the former studio of the artist Josef Hegenbarth (1884-1962). The ink in the small glass bottles has long since dried up, as well as the paint in the tubes. The atmosphere, however, still seems as if Hegenbarth disappeared only for his daily walk on the slopes above the Elbe, and would return at any moment to his house on Calberlastraße in Loschwitz to devote himself completely to drawing and painting again.

The slopes of the Elbe are no longer as they were during Hegenbarth’s lifetime, but his home and studio have survived the decades after his death in 1962 virtually unchanged. Here, where he created thousands of drawings and illustrations of the major works of world literature, where Hegenbarth gave many literary characters a face, where he watched the bustle of the city and captured it on paper, the time has stopped, but the past is still alive.

  • Atelier, Josef Hegenbarth
 - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.
  • Originale Zeichenutensilien, Josef Hegenbarth - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.


This is largely due to his widow Johanna Hegenbarth who donated the house, including the estate therein, on condition that it will be made available to the public as a memorial place. Following her wishes, the house was carefully renovated first and finally became part of the Dresden museum landscape as a branch of the Kupferstich-Kabinett (Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs) in 1998.

While the 2nd floor with the originally preserved living environment of the artist is a research archive and guided groups were given an intimate glimpse, four exhibition rooms were arranged on the first floor, providing just the right small but fine ambience for exhibitions on Josef Hegenbarth, other graphic designers and illustrators of his generation and contemporary artists. Accompanying the exhibition workshops, lectures and concerts round off the multifaceted program of the house. People enjoying places with a unique atmosphere will here experience art and culture in a setting which is worth leaving the beaten tracks.

  • Ausstellungsräume, Josef-Hegenbarth-Archiv
 - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.
  • Ausstellungsräume, Josef-Hegenbarth-Archiv - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.