Olaf Gulbransson Museum Tegernsee

"By the way, I don't understand why people are angry about caricatures. A face that cannot be caricatured disgusts me. It comes from the fact that it has no expression at all." - Olaf Gulbransson

The museum has been dedicated to the memory of the artist Olaf Gulbransson since 1966. As a cartoonist for the legendary Munich satire newspaper Simplicissimus, the Norwegian quickly gained international fame. In the 1920s he settled in Tegernsee and created important works here, which were among the great moments of European drawing in the 20th century. An extensive permanent exhibition with his caricatures, oil paintings, book illustrations and landscape drawings can be viewed in the old building of the museum.

An extension shows a remarkable exhibition of the drawings for the Simplicissimus - by Olaf Gulbransson, who decisively shaped the drawing style of the satirical magazine, as well as by companions.

The two films about the artist, which run within the exhibition and illustrate the everyday work and the philosophy of life of the eccentric “titan”, also aroused great interest. Regularly changing special exhibitions by well-known national and international caricaturists, cartoonists, graphic artists and painters are housed in the new building.

One of the highlights was the exhibition “Beck meets Nolde” in 2018. Works by the famous expressionist landscape painter Emil Nolde were juxtaposed with those of the Tegernsee expressionist Herbert Beck.

The Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee is a branch gallery of the Bavarian State Painting Collections.

Special opening times:

  • closed on Monday
  • Easter and Whit Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • December 31st, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Closed on January 1st, Shrove Tuesday, December 24th and 25th