an artist friendship

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Der Tiger, 1912 Öl Auf Leinwand 115 X 101,5 Cm © Courtesy of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München
an artist friendship

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
51331 Bonn
September 25th, 2014 - January 4th, 2015
Opening: September 24th, 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

+49 (0)228 77-6209
Tue, Thu-Sun 11-6; Wed 11-9
objects, painting, drawing


On 6 January 1910, August Macke visited Franz Marc in his Munich studio for the first time. This was the beginning of a friendship that presents one of the special events in the history of early modern art both from a social and, above all, artistic point of view. The insights gained through this acquaintance are not limited to the lives of the two artists, but also point out the effect this friendship had on the artistic discussion of that time in general. August Macke died at the beginning of the First World War in 1914, Franz Marc fell only two years later.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of August Macke’s death Kunstmuseum Bonn and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, present for the first time an exhibition that exclusively deals with the friendship between August Macke and Franz Marc and their art. A comprehensive selection of 185 paintings, watercolors, drawings, sketchbooks, objects and other documents will bring together the works of the two artists.

Apart from the collection of Kunstmuseum Bonn and Lenbachhaus, Munich, numerous loans from international museums and private collections illustrate how Macke and Marc despite their very different characters found their artistic ways by inspiring each other, how they developed their subjects, forms of color and determined painting’s relation to the world both from a perceptive and aesthetic point of view.

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