The Ernst Barlach House – Hermann F. Reemtsma Foundation is an art museum in Hamburg
, devoted to the Expressionist artist Ernst Barlach.The museum was founded by the industrialist Hermann F. Reemtsma, and is located in the Jenischpark in the west of the city.
The squat, functionalist museum building was begun in 1961 by the Hamburg architect Werner Kallmorgen, finished in 1962 after Reemtsma's death, and extended in 1996 with new rooms for temporary exhibitions. There is also a library containing literature on Barlach and his era.
Reemtsma had begun to build a collection of Barlach's works in the mid-1930s, after first meeting the multi-talented draughtsman, graphic artist, sculptor and dramatist.Shortly before his death in 1961 he commissioned the construction of the museum, which now states that its inventory has more than doubled since then and includes "around 140 works in wood, bronze, ceramics, porcelain, terracotta and plaster, more than 400 drawings from all his creative periods, almost all his printed graphics, as well as important autographs, first editions and records".