The Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich largely owes its reputation as a major international museum to its unique collection of works by the artist group “Der Blaue Reiter.” In addition, Lenbachhaus also offers a look at the nineteenth century Munich school of painting. Moreover, consistent presentations in the area of contemporary art have lead to substantial acquisition activity during the last 20 years of works by important present-day artists. With the opening of the Kunstbau in 1994, Lenbachhaus experienced a fundamental expansion of its exhibition possibilities. In contrast to names like “Blue Rider“ and “Die Brücke“, the term “Neue Sachlichkeit“ (New Objectivity) was not an expression of an artistic concept that was chosen by themselves, but describes a shared period quality that was recognized by art scholars and critics in the painting of their time. The museum also pays attention to art of the 18th and 19th centuries. The continuing gulf between the court and the middle classes can be identified in the contrast between idealistic art, which was advocated by the king and the Academy of Arts, and the bourgeois realism that was popularised by the city’s art association. Since the 1970s the museum has been presenting the important trends and artists of the international contemporary art world and collecting ontemporary art.

Museum: Lenbachhaus
City: Munich / München
Country: Germany
Address: Luisenstrasse 33
Website: http://www.lenbachhaus.de