Cut-outs and Silhouettes in Dialogue

6 July – 3 November 2018

The Exhibition that has been chosen to build a bridge into the world of contem-porary art at the August Macke House Museum places a traditional medium side by side with striking new interpretations by 16 contemporary artists. The new horizons charted by contemporary artists extend from tiny miniatures to room-filling installations, from simple black-white contrasts to color variation, from vegetal ornamentation to political statement. 

An opening prologue sets the spotlight on silhouette master and shadow artist Ernst Moritz Engert (1892–1986) and on animated-film pioneer Lotte Reiniger (1899–1981). Starting with the stark imagery of selected Expressionist works, including a never-before-shown collage by August Macke (1887–1914), the Exhibition becomes an exciting expedition into contemporary art.

With Felix Droese, Annette Schröter, Tobias Gerber, Anett Frontzek, Lena von Goedeke, Zipora Rafaelov, Marion Eichmann, Volker Saul, Andreas Kocks, Heike Weber, Cornelia Genschow, Gabriele Basch, Hans Lankes, Martin Noël, Katharina Hinsberg, Charlotte McGowan-Griffin.

A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the Exhibition.

In Dialogue with His 
Expressionist Artist Friends

18 March –17 June 2018

The 125th birthday and 80th anniversary of the death of Expressionist Helmuth Macke (1891–1936) offer us an occasion to take a new look at his life's work. Born in Krefeld in 1891, the artist drowned tragically in 1936 during a boat excursion on Lake Constance. Our exhibition treats Macke for the first time in the context of his Expressionist artist friends and highlights his role as one of the players on the contemporary avant-garde scene. The show in the August Macke House Museum is the final lap of a travelling exhibition that began in Constance in the autumn of 2016.

The Exhibition takes a fresh look at the artist and offers insights into his personality and development in creative dialogue with friends such as Heinrich Campendonk, Wilhelm Wieger, Heinrich und Marie Nauen, as August Macke, Franz and Maria Marc, Gabriele Münter, Alexej von Jawlensky, Erich Heckel, Max Pechstein und Hans Thuar. A richly illustrated book edited by Ina Ewers-Schultz documents the lifework of the artist.


3 December 2017 – 4 March 2018

With »August Macke and Friends – Encounters in an Image World« the August Macke House Museum is inaugurating its spacious new exhibition rooms while honoring the great Expressionist on the 130th anniversary of his birth. As a tribute to Macke‘s outstanding importance in the avant-garde movement before the First World War, the show is also intended to complement for a limited time the newly installed permanent exhibition in August Macke‘s former home and studio in Bonn, onto which an extensive addition has now been built.

Significant works focusing on themes of central importance are presented in the chronological order of their appearance in the artist‘s oeuvre and, for the first time, against the background of the fruitful interaction between Macke and his artist colleagues. Tracing this dialogue reveals the range of contacts, networks, and friends cultivated by August Macke in the few years during which he was able to create such an extraordinary corpus of works. Juxtaposition of pictures within the individual themes will underscore similarities as well as the different accents set by the various artists and the ideas that motivated them.

The exhibition brings together some 150 works by August Macke and artist colleagues such as Heinrich Campendonk, Claus Cito, Robert Delaunay, Max Ernst, Alexej Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Helmuth Macke, Walter Macke, Franz und Maria Marc, Carlo Mense, Marie von Malachowski-Nauen, Louis Moilliet, Gabriele Münter, Heinrich Nauen, Paul A. Seehaus, Hans Thuar, and Marianne von Werefkin. A catalogue has been published in conjunction with the exhibition.