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"Early Modern Art" Lenbachhaus - Museum - Square Tip by hquittner

Lenbachhaus - Museum - Square, Munich: 13 reviews and 23 photos

  Lenbach Villa -Front View
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  • Lenbach Villa -Front View - Munich
      Lenbach Villa -Front View
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  • Lenbach Villa from Near the Propylaea - Munich
      Lenbach Villa from Near the Propylaea
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  • Lenbach Villa- Side Wing - Munich
      Lenbach Villa- Side Wing
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  • Decoration on Facade - Munich
      Decoration on Facade
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The Lenbach Villa was deeded in 1929 to the City by the widow of the successful 19C portrait painter Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904) to house collections of paintings by artists working in Munich. These works are talented but not exceptional (although Lenbach's portraits are sometimes of famous men). In 1957, Gabriele Munter of the "Blaue Reiter" group (from the 1910 decade) gave her collection of Expressionist paintings, which embodies the principles of the later Bauhaus teachings, to the museum. Their incorporation turned the museum into a world-class venue overnight. Further donations from the Koehler Foundation quickly followed. The villa was severely damaged in WWII but it was now repaired as much as possible and expanded since it was adjacent to the other Art sites in Munich. It is now a center for special exhibits and dialogs on artistic principles. It is worthy of note that the wall colors and patterns as well as the floors are in different colors and patterns presumably carefully chose to enhance the "character" of each room (devoted to individual artists). I wonder if these selections follow Franz Marc's precepts. (Another Tip shows some paintings).

Address: Königsplatz
Directions: near Königsplatz
Phone: +49 - 89 233 320-00

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  • Written Jul 19, 2008
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