This house was originally built as the residence of a well-do-do and evidently rather eccentric Munich painter named Franz von Lenbach (1836 – 1904). It now belongs to the City of Munich and is the site of a very popular art museum featuring painters of the "Blue Rider" school of the early 20th century, which includes such painters as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Alexej von Jawlensky (who spent the last twenty years of his life in Wiesbaden), Gabriele Münter, August Macke and Lyonel Feininger.
Second photo: This woman is listening to one of the audio-guides that are available at the entrance.
Third photo: In the center tract of the building you can see how Franz von Lenbach had the house furnished when he was living there. (I told you he was rather eccentric.)
Fourth photo: View of the house and garden in the late afternoon.
This horse is blue to represent "masculinity". It is NOT the iconic image of the group "Der Blaue Reiter" ,the title of a painting by Kandinsky adopted as the title of an Annual published by the New Artists' Federation in Munich starting in 1902 by him and Franz Marc. By 1911 the two of them withdrew from that organization along with four other artists to develop specific principles of creating paintings (the group taking the above name). Marc and another member, August Macke, developed a concept wherein color became an independent element in the composition (an idea van Gogh struggled with). Each of them was slowly heading toward abstract painting when the War began and they entered the military, which terminated their lives and careers. Others in the group were Paul Klee (saved by being Swiss), Jawlonsky (Russian) , Kubin and Gabriele Munter (female; responsible for this marvelous gallery). The Blue Horse was created in 1913 and the Tiger in 1912 and are still figurative with atypical color work providing an emotional setting. At this time, Klee reverted to childish forms to help liberate his colorings and Kandinsky to geometrical structures, both also moving down the abstract path. The works here are still very attractive to most viewers. There may be materials in the next rooms that may cause different responses. View ahead!
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).
The ticket costs 6€/adult, but I recommend this house-museum for all of those who love Kandinsky, since the collection holds aprox. 300 works from this painter, leader of the expressionist mouvement called 'Der blauer Reiter'.
Very beautiful garden too.
The Lenbachhaus - just behind Königsplatz and the Propyläen monument - is an attractive Italian-style villa and art museum. The collection concentrates on 19th and early 20th century art - the highlight are works of the "Blaue Reiter" group (Paul Klee, August Macke etc.). The refurbished showrooms are spectacular.
If you like modern art, this is the place to be. They have rooms for contemporary art, paintings by Munich artists late 19/ early 20th century and a fantastic selection of paintings by the "Blauer Reiter" (blue rider) group. Kandinsky, Marc, Macke...
There is little additional information about the painters or the time they lived and worked, which is a pity, put you can get an audio guide and I guess they give you lots of info on backgroudns through that.
And don't forget to stop by at the café.
The Kunstbau - Lenbachhaus is one of the less visited of Munich's Art Galleries even though it has the most charming of settings. We loved sitting in its lovely courtyard when we first moved into the neighborhood, with the spring flowers blooming. Don't ask me what is inside, I never got past that courtyard, it was so beautiful.
The Lenbachhaus is a museum housed in a beautiful 19th century yellow Italian villa built for the portrait painter Franz von Lenbach. The museum holds many of his works as well as works by Munich artists throughout the ages. It has a wonderful collection of works from the 20th century Blaue Reiter school, including works by Kandinsky, Klee, and Muenter. It also has many other modern pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries and contemporary visiting exhibitions. Visit the moody Lenbachraeume to see how the villa was decorated when it was built.
Open Tues-Sun, 1000-1800. Cost is 7E for adults. There is a cafe in the courtyard.
The Municipal Museum is its official name. Locally it is called the Lenbach House. This villa was the Italianate home and working studio of the Munich painter Franz von Lenbach, built in 1861.
A pair of rooms on the upper floor are maintained as the artist left them. Everything else has been converted or outfitted to house the works of 19th and 20th century art displayed here, including a significant number of paintings by Klee and Kandinsky.
An entirely original new wing was added in 1994 which contains changing exhibits of ultramodern work.
A gift shop and cafe on the ground floor offer a spot for relaxation after walking the long corridors and grand staircase in this museum.
After visiting some of the larger-scale art museums in Munich like the Pinakothek Museums, the Haus Der Kunst, and the Bayerishes National Museum, visiting the Lenbachhaus was quite a treat. This building, the former mansion of the Munich painter Franz von Lenbach, provides a beautiful Italian villa-like setting for the artworks within, which were donated (along with the building) to the city by Lenbach's widow in 1924. During my visit, there were a couple of contemporary exhibitions on show, but the highlight of the collection is definitely the "Blauer Reiter" (Blue Rider) collection, including works by Kandinsky and Klee among others. If you prefer to view artwork in less gigantic and more intimate settings, yet with still a worthy collection on hand (the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC come to mind), you will enjoy a visit to the Lenbachhaus.
The Lenbachhaus, a great modern art museum. If you like Wassily Kandinsky, this is the place to go: it has, literally, room after room of his work. It also has a strong assortment of paintings by Franz Marc and Jawlensky. Even if you don't like or haven't heard of any of these artists, you're sure to find something that suits your fancy in this very eclectic, wonderful museum. Check it out on the web: http://www.lenbachhaus.de/
In case the weather is bad: There are always interesting exhibitions in Munich.
In Lenbachhaus you can see the famous 'Fettecke' (Grease corner) of Joseph Beuys. When he created this some cleaning stuff distroyed his work, because they didn't know much about art. In Beuys' opinion everyone is an artist and I like that opinion...