Collecting Worldwide

As the founder of Museum Folkwang, Karl Ernst Osthaus’s objective was to exhibit works of art and artefacts from various different cultures and historical eras – on the one hand, for general educational purposes and, on the other, to inspire and promote the shaping of contemporary art and design. He achieved this by making his collection of works accessible to the public in Hagen from 1902 onwards. The painter August Macke, a well-known visitor of the collector’s museum, summed up his impression: “He has the best modern works, also old things, a lot of Egyptian, Greek, Indian, Gothic and Italian art. We were mad about it all, jeck as people here call it.”

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