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It began with the donation of chocolate producer Dr. Bernhard Sprengel: In 1969, he handed over his extensive collection of modern art of the city of Hanover and supported the construction of the museum. Impressive accents important groups of artists as "The Bridge" and "Der Blaue Reiter" and styles such as Cubism and Surrealism. The collection includes important groups u. A. By Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Max Beckmann, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, and Kurt Schwitters. Niki de Saint Phalle, who is known for her Nana sculptures, the Sprengel Museum Hannover enriched by their donation in 2000. With more than 400 plants all key phases of represented "century artist", including assemblages, shooting paintings, sculptures and drawings. A special attraction is the Sprengel Museum Hannover with the artist-designed rooms. Among the most famous include the reconstruction of the legendary Merzbau of Kurt Schwitters and the light spaces of James Turrell. In the past 30 years of the museum collection has been extended by significant trends in art after 1945, including works by Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. Moreover, the photograph is a major focus of the collection.