HANOVER.- The art world in Hanover was incredibly diverse, forward-thinking and international in the 1920s. Pioneers of abstraction, such as Kurt Schwitters and El Lissitzky were as active as representatives of the Neue Sachlichkeit movement, grouped around Fritz Burger-Mühlfeld. In 1927, a group of local artists founded the die abstrakten hannover and ring neuer werbegestalter groups, devoted to the development of new, elementary visual forms and modern, functional design. That same year, on Alexander Dorner's initiative, the Provinzialmuseum established their »Kabinett der Abstrakten« with works by El Lissitzky.
The Sprengel Museum Hannover contains a significant and sizeable collection from this period which has, thanks to recent kind donations and permanent loans of works, reinforced the focus on these movements. This expanded new presentation of works of art and documents about Hanover in the 1920s in the lower level gallery of the museum now also contains a wall of information about the reconstruction of the »Kabinett der Abstrakten«.