About Us


The Folkwang idea, coined by Karl Ernst Osthaus at the beginning of the 20th century, encompasses three central guidelines: the dialogue of the arts and cultures, the museum as a place of exchange and cultural education, and the unity of art and life. Conscious of its own museum and collection history, the Museum Folkwang carries this idea forward into the present and the future: we see ourselves as a museum that combines emotion and spirit, warmth and humanism, that is regionally rooted and internationally oriented, that places people and their imagination at the centre and is open to new developments. A museum that unites not only the arts with each other, but also the people with the arts.