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Gabriele Münter
October 31, 2017 until April 8, 2018

Lenbachhaus | Kunstbau

Gabriele Münter was a photographer before she was a painter. She took her first pictures around 1900, during a stay in the United States. She started painting soon after and never stopped—she worked on her art almost every day for the rest of her life. And Gabriele Münter went to the movies! She was an openminded artist who embraced experimentation; many of her accomplishments have lingered in obscurity because her oeuvre has generally been studied through the narrow lens of her life and her relationship with Kandinsky. That is why the focus of attention has been almost entirely on her pictures from the "Blue Rider" years. Art lovers usually associate Münter’s name with German Expressionism, with Murnau and her home in the picturesque small town, now a museum dedicated to her and Kandinsky’s work. Yet Münter’s art was far more multifaceted, imaginative, and stylistically diverse than most people are aware.

With this exhibition of her art at the Lenbachhaus, we seek to offer a broader perspective on Münter’s creative output. We will ask questions of art history to highlight its complexity and distinctive qualities and suggest a fuller appreciation of her achievements. Her work as a painter, presented in various thematic sections, will be at the heart of the show: from classic genres such as the portrait and the landscape to interiors, abstractions, and her "primitivist" work, visitors will encounter Münter’s oeuvre in all its richness.


Fig.: Gabriele Münter, Bildnis von Marianne von Werefkin, 1909, Foto: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.



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