100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Lenbachahus Museum

Location: Munich, Germany

2013 Exhibitions: Cindy Sherman (November 10 - February 17), Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham / Rei Kawakubo (October 4 - March 24)

The Lenbachhaus was originally built as a Florentine-style villa for the painter Franz von Lenbach between the years 1887 and 1891. In 1924, the city of Munich acquired the building, and from then onward, the villa would be known as Lenbachhaus. The gallery was expanded upon shortly after its acquisition by the city, and once again in the late 1960s. Although the doors of the gallery are currently closed, they are set to reopen in spring 2013.

Any German art aficionado would do well to visit the Lenbachhaus. The museum preserves work from early 20th century German expressionist painters known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). The Lenbachhaus also exhibits many works from the Weimar-era in a group called New Objectivity. In addition to more historical modernist works, the museum also exhibits a number of contemporary works from artists like Joseph Beuys, the work of the Viennese Aktionists, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Dan Flavin, and Olafur Eliasson, to name a few.

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