A visit to Alsace usually means a visit to Colmar, a city of culture that stands out in particular thanks to its flagship museum: the Unterlinden museum
The Unterlinden Museum exhibits a rich collection with more than 3,500 works covering 7,000 years of history and gathers different art techniques such as painting, sculpting or engraving. When it was opened in 1853 by the Schongauer company, the museum only extended to the former convent of the Dominican nuns of Unterlinden. As the various collections kept constantly growing, the museum was eventually extended to the municipal baths to provide enough space to the collected works of art.
Art from the 11th to the 16th centuries
This altarpiece, one of the most famous in the world, is the flagship work of the Unterlinden Museum. Painted by Grünewald during the 16th century for the Alsatian village of Isenheim from which it got its name, this polyptych is a masterpiece shaking up, among others, greatest names such as Picasso or Matisse.
Good news, the Isenheim altarpiece is as good as new! The polyptych went through a meticulous restoration between 2018 and 2022 to give it back the harmony and the brilliance it had lost over the last five centuries.
…independently, for a self-guided tour with the help of an audio guide or a museum map.
…or guided, for a led tour to discover all the secrets of the museum: “The Masterpieces” to enjoy the main works of the museum, “The essentials” for a simple and efficient overview. Different thematic guided tours allow a visit according to individual tastes.
Reopening of the 14th and 15th century rooms : it is once again possible to (re)discover the works of Middle Ages, such as the Passion Altarpiece by Gaspard Isenmann
Temporary exhibitions : October 2023 – Spring 2024, the Unterlinden Museum celebrates its 170th anniversary! For this occasion, a festive and recreational programme will be set up to trace the last 170 last years of the museum
New mediation space : a mediation room exclusively designed and built for the famous altarpiece
crédits photos : L. MORENO, F. FESSLER, D. LEVÊQUE