The Museum Folkwang offers visitors an impressively complete overview of 19th century German and French painting and sculpture. Its focal points are German Romanticism; late classicist ‘heroic’ landscapes and French landscape painting, Neo-Impressionism and Pointillism.
Unique works by van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin and Matisse, forerunners of modernism, lead to German Expressionism and the various currents of 20th century art such as Cubism, Abstraction and Concrete Art, Abstract Expressionism, Informal Art and New Figuration.
The collection today contains around 600 paintings, sculptures and objects.
Curator: Dr. Mario-Andreas von Lüttichau
T +49 201 88 45 101
In the rooms for the permanent collection, the Museum Folkwang presents a part of its post-war and contemporary art collection: In the central exhibition room, apart from major works by the Americans Mark Rothko, Newmann, Pollock, Reinhardt, Kline, Louis and Stella, one can also admire works by Klein, Fontana and Vostell as well as by Richter, Palermo Kippenberger, Starling and Horn.
The Museum Folkwang intends to develop long-term cooperation with artists, allowing the making of new works. This will revitalize a tradition which goes far back into the museum’s history and which began in Essen with Kirchner and Schlemmer who decorated or designed rooms for the museum.
From 1973 to 1988, the Museum Folkwang provided video artists with a fully equipped studio for their work, where a number of important works were made. This collection will now be reformed, expanded and shown in screenings and presentations in the rooms ot the Video Studio.
Systematic consideration of non-European cultures was a special interest of the Museum Folkwang from early on.
It will also be an important task in the future.
Curator: Dr. Marcel Schumacher
T +49 201 88 45 303