August Macke House

The August Macke House in Bonn is the former home and studio of August Macke. The artist lived here with his family from the beginning of 1911 to August 1914.

In 1900 the Macke family moved to Bonn which then became the center of young August Macke's life. It was here that he and his future wife Elisabeth met each other in 1903 when both of them were still in school. And it was in Bonn that August Macke matured and developed into a widely known and admired artist.

In the autumn of 1910, when the young couple and their little son Walter returned to Bonn from the Tegernsee, Elisabeth's family gave them the late-classicist house on Bornheimer Strasse to live in. The house was located at what was then the outskirts of town, on the large premises of the company owned and operated by the Gerhardt family.

The top story was redone into a studio in accordance with the wishes and instructions of August Macke. It was here that he received his artist friends, among whom were Robert Delaunay, Max Ernst, and Franz Marc.  

August Macke's most famous paintings were done here, as well as numerous works that show his view from the studio window onto the large garden and to the home's immediate surroundings. In addition, the artist created sculptures and designed craftworks here. Together with Franz Marc, Macke painted the 4 x 2 meter programmatic ›Paradise‹ on the wall of the studio in the autumn of 1912.

Thanks to the efforts of a group of Bonn's civic-minded citizens the house was preserved and in 1991 was opened to the public as a museum and exhibition venue. It is operated by the August Macke House Association and financed by the August Macke House Foundation of the Sparkasse in Bonn.

The New Permanent Exhibition

A permanent exhibition on August Macke was developed and designed by Dr. Ina Ewers-Schultz and Matthias Arndt, Arndt & Seelig Kommunikationsdesign, as part of the thematic and physical expansion of the house into the August Macke House Museum as conceived by Dr. Klara Drenker-Nagels. The permanent exhibition was installed in the personal rooms of the artist's former residence and studio, and was officially reopened in December 2017.

At the original site of the happenings, the exhibition relates the fascinating story of Macke's life, his family, his artistic evolution, and his involvement in the art politics of his time - against the background of the Wilhelmine Empire.

Surrounded by the numerous works of August Macke, visitors can immerse themselves in the home and private atmosphere of an outstanding artist family and experience the exciting phase of cultural upheavals and radically new notions of art in the Fin-de-Siècle age - all with the support of modern media and display techniques.

Great care was taken to make the former living quarters on the first floor come to life again. The remaining rooms focus on various themes associated with the life and work of this multi-talented artist and art-communicator.