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August Macke and Franz Marc

an artist friendship

25.09.2014 - 04.01.2015

On 6 January 1910, August Macke visited Franz Marc in his Munich studio for the first time. This was the beginning of a friendship that presents one of the special events in the history of early modern art both from a social and, above all, artistic point of view. The insights gained through this acquaintance are not limited to the lives of the two artists, but also point out the effect this friendship had on the artistic discussion of that time in general. August Macke died at the beginning of the First World War in 1914, Franz Marc fell only two years later.


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of August Macke’s death Kunstmuseum Bonn and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, present for the first time an exhibition that exclusively deals with the friendship between August Macke and Franz Marc and their art. A comprehensive selection of 185 paintings, watercolors, drawings, sketchbooks, objects and other documents will bring together the works of the two artists.


Apart from the collection of Kunstmuseum Bonn and Lenbachhaus, Munich, numerous loans from international museums and private collections illustrate how Macke and Marc despite their very different characters found their artistic ways by inspiring each other, how they developed their subjects, forms of color and determined painting’s relation to the world both from a perceptive and aesthetic point of view.


The exhibition is accompanied by a substantial catalogue of 360 pages with 332 illustrations.The catalogue is available at a price of € 34. Please place your order with Buchhandlung Walther König at Kunstmuseum Bonn: Tel. 0049-(0)228-230631


In cooperation with Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München (24.1.-3.5.2015)


For further Information please click here.
Opening: Wednesday, 24.9.2014, 8 p.m.



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Have a comfortable journey to the exhibition "August Macke und Franz Marc – an artist friendship" in Bonn and back within three days with the Sparpreis Kultur. The saver ticket starts at EUR 39.00 in second class and EUR 59.00 in first class. Four further people may join the same journey and save EUR 10 each.

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Kopfbild (Ausschnitt) und oben: Franz Marc, Der Tiger, 1912, Öl auf Leinwand, 115 x 101,5 cm, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München © Foto Lenbachhaus

August Macke, Walterchens Spielsachen, 1912, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, © U. Edelmann – Städel Museum – ARTOTHEK

Franz Marc, Gelbe Kuh, 1911, Öl auf Leinwand, 140,5 x 189,2 cm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, 49.1210

August Macke, Lesender Mann im Park, 1914, Öl auf Leinwand, 86,5 x 100 cm, Museum Ludwig, Köln, © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_c000050

Franz Marc, Abstrakte Formen II, 1914, Öl auf Leinwand, 81 x 112,5 cm, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster

August Macke, Türkisches Café I, 1914, Öl auf Holz, 33,5 x 25 cm, Kunstmuseum Bonn