Lenbachhaus

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Lenbachhaus

The Lenbachhaus in Munich contains an art museum and is part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art area").

The building[edit]

The Lenbachhaus was built as a Florentine-style villa for the painter Franz von Lenbach between 1887 and 1891 by Gabriel von Seidl. Some of the rooms of the villa still have kept their original design.

New modern wing of the Lenbachhaus

The city of Munich acquired the building in 1924 and opened a museum there in 1929. The Lenbachhaus was expanded between 1927 and 1929 by Hans Grässel and again between 1969 and 1972 by Heinrich Volbehr and Rudolf Thönessen. The latest wing was closed to the public in 2009 to allow the expansion and restoration of the Lenbachhaus by Norman Foster; the 1972 extension was demolished to make way for the new building. The museum reopened in May 2013. The architect placed the new main entrance on Museumsplatz in front of the Propylaea. The new facade, clad in metal tubes made of an alloy of copper and aluminum, will weather with time.[1]

The gallery[edit]

The gallery contains a variety of works by Munich painters and contemporary artists, in styles such as The Blue Rider and New Objectivity.

Munich painters[edit]

The gallery displays masterpieces by Munich artists such as Jan Polack, Christoph Schwarz, Georges Desmarees ("Countess Holstein" 1754), Wilhelm von Kobell, Georg von Dillis, Carl Rottmann, Carl Spitzweg, Eduard Schleich, Carl Theodor von Piloty, Franz von Stuck, Franz von Lenbach, Friedrich August von Kaulbach, Wilhelm Leibl, Wilhelm Trübner and Hans Thoma.

Works by members of the Munich Secession are also on display. The group was founded in 1892, and includes artists such as the impressionist painters Lovis Corinth, Max Slevogt and Fritz von Uhde.

The Blue Rider[edit]

Franz Marc, The tiger 1912

The Lenbachhaus is most famous for the large collection of paintings by Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a group of expressionist artists established in Munich in 1911 which included, among others, the painters Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter, Franz Marc, August Macke, Marianne von Werefkin, and Paul Klee. Münter donated 1,000 “Blue Rider” works to the museum on her 80th birthday.[2]

New Objectivity[edit]

Artists of the New Objectivity like Christian Schad and Rudolf Schlichter are exhibited in several rooms.

Contemporary art[edit]

The museum gives a very profound view of international contemporary art with works by Franz Ackermann, Dennis Adams, Christian Boltanski, Joseph Beuys, James Coleman, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Valie Export, Dan Flavin, Günther Förg, Günter Fruhtrunk, Rupprecht Geiger, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Katharina Grosse, Michael Heizer, Andreas Hofer, Jenny Holzer, Stefan Huber, Asger Jorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Michaela Melian, Gerhard Merz, Maurizio Nannucci, Roman Opałka, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Gerhard Richter, Michael Sailstorfer, Richard Serra, Katharina Sieverding, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Martin Wöhrl as well as artists of the Viennese Actionism.

Young artists are promoted in exhibitions in the affiliated Kunstbau above the Subway Station Königsplatz.

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Coordinates: 48°08′49″N 11°33′49″E / 48.14694°N 11.56361°E / 48.14694; 11.56361