Encounters in an Image World
3 December 2017 to 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.
Curators: Dr. Ina Ewers-Schultz / Dr. Klara Drenker-Nagels