München Lenbachhaus - Blue Rider

27 July 2013
Franz Marc - Blaues Pferd
It's my birthday.  This time we went to München (Munich), a city last visited many years ago.  I was alone last time, visiting the new and old Pinakothek, English Garden.  This year, Family Heim was with me.  We took a Bavaria ticket from Nürnberg to München for 40 Euro, with unlimited rides on local train and all kinds of transportation free.

Alexej Jawlensky -
Bildnis des Tänzers Alexander Sacharoff
Our first stop was a tiny church with modern interior decoration,then the Museum part.  The destination for the morning was Lenbachhaus.  The key exhibitions include 19th century paintings, Joseph Beuys, Art after 1945 and Blue Rider Collections.  This article features the Blue Rider (Blauen Reiter) Collection.

Blue Rider was a group of artists rejecting the Neue Künstlervereinigung Munich as it has become too strict and traditional.   It was formed with a group of Russian painters (Wassily KandinskyAlexej Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin) and German painters, including Franz Marc, August Macke and Gabriele Münter.
The paintings were very enjoyable.  The ones shown here impressed me a lot.  But there were still many fantastic others.  The first few are from Wassily Kandinsky, a key group member.
Wassily Kandinsky - Kochel and Improvisation 6 African
Wassily Kandinsky - Kochel
Wassily Kandinsky - Interieur
Gabriele Münter - Jawlensky und Werefkin
Gabriele Münter - Zören
August Macke - Promenade
Franz Marc - Kühe, Gelb-Rot-Grün
Marianne von Werefkin - Wascherinnen

Adolf Erbsloh

Erma Bossi - Zirkus

Heinrich Campendonk - Bild mit Kuh
Richard Riemerschmid - Wolkengepenster
Wladimir Burliuk

Alexej Jawlensky -Heilandsgesicht Sternenelicht, The Prayer and Leibe


München Lenbachhaus

27 July 2013

I was blessed to have my birthday again in Germany. Sunshine in vibrant München.  Ah ha, temperature was around 40C, my hottest birthday.  We were there to see the newly renovated Lenbachhaus, just completed in May 2013.  Eyes wide opened.   Apart from the Blue Rider exhibition, it also houses a rich collection of 19th century German paintings and After 1945 Art.
In 1929 the Städtische Galerie was established in the former residence of the artist Franz von Lenbach.  The director at time was ambitious to bring together Munich paintings and contemporary art as a big collection.  Unfortunately the development was thwarted during the Nazis period.  It suffered from damages and destruction.   Gradually, it recovered, refurbished.   In 1957 it received generous donation from Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation which major paintings of Blue Rider could be displayed. It held key exhibitions and drew visitors from many places.  In 2003 it started to renovate the complex by Foster + Partners architects.  Now a new façade with brass-colour metal together with the historical parts.  Amazingly done!
The garden is nicely enclosed by the orange historical buildings.  Nice sculptures stand admirable under the sun, witness the non-stop change of the place. Near the entrance are some modern art, a nice contrast.

Following are 19th century paintings.  First come the landscape, a few dotted with people, a glimpse of life in the past.  
Max Slevogt

 Another important part - post 1945 art!


München Nymphenburg

27 July 2013

Schloss Nymphenburg
After the intensive morning and midday, we headed to Nymphenburg with the local tram.  It originated as a summer palace for Max Emanuel.   It is huge, located on the western edge of the city, surrounded by countryside at time of chosen as the site of the palace.  The first design was Italian.  Construction stopped during the Spanish War.  The construction continued after but in the direction of French design.  The design is symmetrical.  The central pavilion became the focal point.

It's a long walk from the traffic to the palace.  The park was huge.  Walking half of it took us 2 hours But the time is worth for the peaceful and picturesque scenes.   Everywhere was green, a presentation of energy, life and vitality.  River, lake, building, pavilion, couple, family, lonely persons.....  All sorts but delighting.