The Blue Horse in the golden cube: welcome to the world’s largest collection of artwork by the “Blaue Reiter” (Blue Rider) group.
The Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Lenbachhaus art gallery) is housed in the historic villa that once belonged to master painter Franz von Lenbach and one of the most beautiful spots in Munich. It is also part of the extensive art area in Munich's Maxvorstadt, which comprises a total of 16 museums - including the Pinakotheken, the Museum Brandhorst and the Glyptothek.
Even today, visitors of the Lenbachhaus can still marvel this majestic building, which was inspired by the Italian style. Its idyllic garden and bubbling fountains offer a small piece of paradise, just like the rooms in the artist’s residence, whose intimate atmosphere was carefully maintained during the renovations by renowned architects Foster + Partner.
While the museum’s café Ella provides enjoyment of the culinary variety, the new rooms in the golden cube provide artistic pleasure at its finest: Since Gabriele Münter made his generous donation back in 1957, the museum has been home to the world’s largest collection of art by the Blue Rider movement, including pieces by Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter, Franz Marc and many more. Visitors therefore have the chance to marvel at iconic paintings like “Blaue Pferd” (“Blue Horse”).
Meanwhile, visitors to the exhibition of 19th century artwork can relish pieces from the Biedermeier period and Symbolism movement. The “Art After 1945” and Joseph Beuys collections provide an insight into more recent forms of art.
Visitors can also view over 1500 paintings, photographs, objects, installations and much more in the online collection of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. The works are sorted by themes such as The Blue Rider or "Art after 1945".
Good to know: Munich Card holders are entitled to a reduced admission fee. If one owns the Munich City Pass, the entrance is free of charge. No matter which card you choose, the public transport is included.
Also interesting: The world-famous works of Franz Marc were created around Kochelsee. So if you want to discover "The home of Der blaue Reiter", you can explore various Marc-related places in the centre of Kochel am See and then stop off at the Franz Marc Museum. A great excursion that combines nature with art.