Your Visit

The museum is open and we are looking forward to your visit. From Sunday April 3rd you only need an medical mask for your visit.


Currently only permanent exhibition open

The next special exhibition “The Life of Thought is Real After All” Else Blankenhorn – a Retrospective will be on show from 15 September. Until then, only the permanent exhibition The Prinzhorn Collection - From "Art of the Insane" to Outsider Art is open.

We look forward to your visit!

100 Years Artistry of the Mentally Ill

100 years ago, Hans Prinzhorn published his study Artistry of the Mentally Ill. A Contribution to the Psychology and Psychopathology of Configuration. In the book, he evaluated the teaching media collection of art created in psychiatric institutions, which we now call the “Prinzhorn Collection,” and which he had compiled during his time as an assistant physician at the Heidelberg psychiatric clinic from 1919 to 1921. In contrast to what was expected by experts, he claimed the paintings had no diagnostic value, and instead focused on the aesthetic qualities of the works. Idealizing the patients’ works as an expression of unadulterated, primal creativity, the psychiatrist and art historian struck a nerve of his time. The book met with great interest among artists and art enthusiasts, and brought renown to the collection, reaching far beyond the borders of Germany. In 2022, we will continue Prinzhorn’s work and focus on two artists in the collection for whom Prinzhorn planned, but never realized, individual publications: Else Blankenhorn and Heinrich Mebes. And we will present current research on Hans Prinzhorn in a symposium. In addition, in order to visualize the resonance of the book, we are publishing a video series with voices from psychiatrists, art historians, and many others. Read more...

We look forward to celebrating this anniversary with you!


At the Haus am Wehrsteg, the Prinzhorn Collection meets comics and public space

The Haus am Wehrsteg and the Prinzhorn Collection have invited comic strip artists to take an artistic stance on works and artists from the Prinzhorn Collection. The resulting works are printed on tarpaulin in a large format of 6.5 x 4.5 metres and exhibited at the tower of the Künstlerhaus Haus am Wehrsteg, and thus in Heidelberg's public space, in monthly rotation from January to June 2022. The participating artists (Anke Feuchtenberger, Anna Haifisch, Wolfgang Klee, Lucie Langston, Mawil, and Henning Wagenbreth) represent current artistic developments in the field of comic strips and graphic novels in Germany.


Image: © Haus am Wehrsteg

Introduction to the Prinzhorn Collection

Our new guide to the Prinzhorn Collection is finally available in English! "Introduction to the Prinzhorn Collection" provides insights into this unique collection by presenting various related topics, such as surrealism, the use of special materials, medical crimes, or mediumistic art, and illustrating each topic with a work or an artist from our collection. The book can be purchased in the museum shop, or ordered by e-mail to or by phone at +49 (0)6221 / 56-44 92 (plus shipping).

Published and edited by Ingrid von Beyme and Thomas Röske, Heidelberg 2021, 80 pages, €15,00






Prinzhorn Collection
Voßstrasse 2
69115 Heidelberg

Phone: (+49) 06221/56 4492
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