Franz Marc and the Blue Rider

New Collection Presentation // Autumn – Winter 2021/22

Masterpieces by Franz Marc and the ‘Blue Rider’ artists form the focal point of this exhibition of works from the collection: August Macke’s Large Promenade and his Café on the Lake, Wassily Kandinsky’s Improvisation 21 and St. George, Marc’s Leaping Horse and Haystacks in the Snow as well as Large Landscape I.

In addition, specific aspects are highlighted: a watercolour – Two Boys with a Donkey, acquired only last year – is to be seen next to Marc’s Donkey Frieze as well as a Cubist landscape by Albert Gleize alongside three watercolours by Franz Marc that, through their architectural elements, also reveal a shift towards Cubist abstraction. The postcards that Paul and Lily Klee wrote to Franz Marc, replete with small illustrations by Klee, are on display once again, as well as numerous oil sketches by Franz Marc created during his stay in Kochel and the surrounding area in 1905/6.

Among the prints by Franz Marc, two colour woodcuts that have only been acquired within the past few years, can be admired: Genesis (History of Creation) and Birth of the Horses.

From Expressionism to Informel and Anselm Kiefer

On the second floor, Anselm Kiefer’s huge painting Under the lime tree on the heath …, in dialogue with works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka and Erich Heckel, is fascinating. The juxtaposition of Kiefer’s vitrine Who has no house now … with markedly floral works by Paul Klee and Fritz Winter also opens up new perspectives. Paintings on show by Pierre Soulages, Julius Bissier and Willi Baumeister represent the emergence of post-war abstraction.