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The Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (State Art Gallery) belongs to the oldest cultural institutions of the city. Since the opening in 1909 there were a lot of exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary art. The Staatliche Kunsthalle is located between the Museum Frieder Burda and the Kulturhaus LA8 in the Lichtentaler Allee and therefore it is part of Baden-Baden's Museum Mile.
Already in the 1890s artists from Karlsruhe wished to own a gallery building in order to be able to organize temporary exhibitions. In 1906 the painter Robert Engelhorn presented the "project of a permanent art exhibition" to the public. Robert Engelhorn was the son of the co-founder of BASF and therefore had the financial means to start the project. Because of the greater public appeal one decided to build the museum in Baden-Baden. The construction of the building was appointed to the experienced museum architect Hermann Billing.
On 3 April 1909 the Staatliche Kunsthalle was opened by grand duke Friedrich II and his wife. There was a wide range of opinions about the building, which has proved to be very useful in hindsight. While some people considered it as a temple, others spoke of a crematorium or even a stable. From 1909 to 1934 temporary exhibitions where presented to the public. Probably in the 1920s the Staatliche Kunsthalle passed into state ownership, as the patron Robert Engelhorn suffered considerable financial losses due to inflation.
When the National Socialists came to power the exhibition program changed. After the Second World War the building was used as a library at first. In 1951 the Staatliche Kunsthalle was turned into an art gallery again.
Since 2004, the Kunsthalle is connected to the new building of the Museum Frieder Burda by a glass bridge.