September 14, 2018 - Museum Ludwig, Cologne - Gabriele Münter: Painting to the Point
September 14, 2018

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Installation view Gabriele Münter: Painting to the Point, Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2018. Photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln/Cologne, Jonas Klein.

Gabriele Münter
Painting to the Point
September 15, 2018–January 13, 2019

Opening: September 14, 7pm

Museum Ludwig, Cologne
50667 Cologne
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm

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Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) was a central figure of German Expressionism and the Blue Rider artist group, which was founded at Münter’s house in Murnau. Her role as a dedicated proponent, mediator, and longtime companion of Wassily Kandinsky is well known and recognized. This exhibition demonstrates Gabriele Münter’s importance and independence as a painter: with more than 120 paintings, including works from her estate that will be presented to the public for the first time, it will offer a new look at this strong artist.

Münter is one of the few women who played an early role in developing modernism. Her openness and willingness to experiment as a painter, photographer, and graphic artist will now be presented in detail for the first time. Her well-known paintings include portraits of figures such as Marianne von Werefkin and Kandinsky as well as romantic landscapes of her adopted home in Bavaria. The exhibition begins with rare photographs taken by Münter around 1900 during a multi-year trip through the United States. It will focus on her paintings, which, in addition to colorful portraits and landscapes, also include interiors, abstract works, and “primitivistic pictures.”

Thanks in particular to the Haubrich Collection, the Museum Ludwig holds paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Pechstein, as well as artists from the Blue Rider group, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, August Macke, and Alexei Jawlensky. Surprisingly, the collection does not include any of Gabriele Münter’s paintings.  On the occasion of the exhibition, the Museum Ludwig is planning to acquire the work Knabenkopf (Willi Blab) by Gabriele Münter, which is on view as a loan in the exhibition. To this end, the Freunde des Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und des Museum Ludwig e.V. started a major donation campaign that has already received a great response.

Director Yilmaz Dziewior: “I am delighted about this initiative to make this important acquisition for our collection. Gabriele Münter is a central figure of the Blue Rider group, which has been well represented in our collection since 1946 thanks to the Haubrich donation. The absence of her unique position is a gap in our holdings that was particularly important to me to fill.”

About the exhibition
A large number of the works in the exhibition come from the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation and from the Lenbachhaus in Munich, which is organizing the exhibition, as well as international collections such as the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, the Center Pompidou in Paris, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Curators: Matthias Mühling, Director, Lenbachhaus, Munich; and Isabelle Jansen, Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation; for the exhibition in Cologne: Rita Kersting, Deputy Director, Museum Ludwig

The exhibition is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation, and the Freunde des Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und des Museum Ludwig e.V.

An exhibition by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München and the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation in Munich in cooperation with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humblebæk and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

The catalogue for the exhibition Gabriele Münter: Painting to the Point was published by Prestel Verlag. Edited by Isabelle Jansen and Matthias Mühling. Hardcover, 272 pages, 20.0 × 27.0 cm, 248 color illustrations, 49 black-and-white illustrations.

Website and Social Media
During the exhibition, the Museum Ludwig will be posting on its social media channels with the hashtags #MLxGM #museumludwig

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