Art and culture is written large in our small town. Visual art is a fixed element in the town’s culture.
In order to ensure the targeted support of a wide range of art on different levels the town of Halle provides exhibition locations for its artists. The town of Halle has two galleries offering exhibition space for different target groups. There is also a private art museum in Halle, a virtual history museum, the ‘Haller ZeitRäume’ and a museum of local history in the district of Hörste.
Alte Lederfabrik (Old Leather Factory) Art Gallery
The town of Halle has been supporting the mature structure of artistic and cultural creation since 2008 with its own gallery space at the old Güttgemanns leather factory. The activities of the articles and craftspeople here represent great enrichment of the cultural life of Halle.
The two spaces at the municipal gallery Alte Lederfabrik offer the opportunity of organising large exhibitions of contemporary art on 200 square metres of space. Temporary exhibitions are held here with paintings, sculpture and installations.
The town of Halle offers the opportunity for art lovers from the region and beyond to grapple with the questions raised by contemporary art during the exhibitions at the municipal gallery. Thus, the gallery sees itself not only as an opportunity to exhibit but also as a hub for dialogue in the world of contemporary art.
Gallery at the ‘Remise’ (‘Carriage Hall’) Centre
The complex at the Remise community centre includes the Kisker distillery buildings which were used as a distillery prior to its move to a nearby business park.
The Remise Gallery is located on the first floor of the community centre. Organised by the cultural office in Halle, the Remise Gallery holds regular individual and group exhibitions. The main emphasis of the exhibition programme is on visual art. The Remise Gallery is primarily intended as a forum for artists from the region. Study at an art school or similar is not a prerequisite to be able to exhibit here. The exhibits are mainly acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings as well as photographic work. The Remise Gallery is intended as a forum for constructive dialogue and a place for meeting and communication.
"Haller Zeiträume" ("Halle in Westphalia Timeline") History Museum
The virtual history museum in Halle
A municipal history museum that is unique in Germany began in Halle in April 2010: the virtual museum ‘Haller ZeitRäume’. It describes the history of the world using the small town of Halle as an example and using personal objects and personal experiences.
Online, and at the click of a mouse, visitors are able to go on a voyage of discovery through virtual periods that are opened successively. Citizens of all ages are invited to cooperate in the creation of the museum. They bring their historical objects to the weekly museum consultation and explain their history. Some take on voluntary positions. To date, more than 80 citizens have taken part in the museum work at Haller ZeitRäume.
Public events such as guided tours of the town, lectures and school events make the virtual museum Haller ZeitRäume real.
Heimatmuseum Hörste (Hörste Museum of Local History)
Historical room at the Hörste museum of local history
The village of Hörste is a popular residential location within Halle and has a wide range of clubs, regular events and inviting restaurants. The local history society in the Hörste district of Halle has installed a historical room at the old village school. You can see equipment for farm crafts here as well as practical household tools from the past.
Some of the particularly interesting exhibits are the collection of relatively rare coins with Ravensberg mintage and banknotes from the time of rampant inflation, some decorated with linen and embroidery. A separate room is dedicated to linen, its manufacture and its processing. Besides an old loom there are also some pieces of traditional clothing and tools for the processing and care of textiles. Another special feature consists of stuffed examples of local animals, including several particularly rare birds. Old postcards and photographs of the village of Hörste and its inhabitants round off the exhibition.
Museum for works of childhood and adolescence of important artists
The oldest house in the town of Halle (Westphalia) houses the museum for the works of important artists that were created during their childhood and youth. The house on the church square, which was built in 1246, looks back on an eventful history. It housed a monastery, served as a church room for a time and was also used as a prison.
The museum was founded in May 1987 at the initiative of the painter Ursula Blaschke after the building had been completely renovated by a group of tradeswomen. Old building structures were consciously preserved during the renovation.
This museum, which is the only one of its kind worldwide, displays childhood and youth works by important artists, including Conrad Felixmüller, Paul and Felix Klee, August Macke, Friedrich Karl Gotsch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Pablo Picasso, to name just a few. In special exhibitions the museum also shows the development of artists from their earliest to their latest work, such as Oskar Kokoschka or Otto Modersohn. This museum offers great artistic enjoyment for young and old alike.
Sigmund Strecker Museum
At Gartenstrasse number 4 a narrow, wooden door leads into an enchanting garden where the artist’s house is like an oasis of peace. This is where the painter Sigmund Strecker worked between 1957 and 1969.
This residential house with a studio was originally a sheep pen in Hartmanns Hof, which had been dismantled at its location at Kättkenstrasse in 1956 and painstakingly rebuilt at Gartenstrasse. This is where Sigmund Strecker lived with his wife Ilse Strecker, neé Winckel, who was also an artist, and his four children.
On a visit, you see not only the beautiful, interesting house itself but also a dozen or so original pictures and many reproductions of paintings from the actual Sigmund Strecker Museum in Neuenkirchen: wonderful pictures of flowers that depict hollyhocks, poppies and daisies from the garden and still lifes with glasses and jugs, pears and quinces - simple things, about which the painter said, “The visible things of everyday life remain inexhaustible for painting. It’s just a matter of finding a new side to things again and again.”