The collection of major works of classical modernism, built up since 1961, can be seen in the K20. A selection of works by Paul Klee gives an impression of the rich holdings with over 120 works. The presentation also shows top-class paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, among others.
At selected points, the paintings of the historical avant-gardes enter into dialogue with works by contemporary artists of the non-Western canon: these include Etel Adnan, Nevin Aladağ, and Kader Attia. Expanded to include new acquisitions of Egyptian Surrealism are the classics of Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Joan Miró, and Max Ernst.
Post-World War II movements mark works such as those by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, and Helena Vieira da Silva. An integral part of the tour is the monumental installation Palazzo Regale by Joseph Beuys.This content has been machine translated.