When we lived in Munich, ages ago, this became my favorite art museum. In the inviting atmosphere of the Villa Lehnbach was a startling collection of the bright, colorful and boundary-pushing work of the Blue Rider School of German Expressionism. Many visits to this intriguing display honed my appreciation for post-impressionistic art. My visit to this collection two weeks ago blew me away. The collection of expressionistic works has grown immensely and has been accompanied by a large gallery showing the work of 19th Century German artists. Thinking we would see the same collection of the Blue Rider School for which we had so much affection, we spent quite a bit a time among the works of earlier painters. Our mistake. When we reached the Blue Rider floor, the museum seem to explode with this expanded collection. Among the works new to us, were those that were familiar "old friends." We soon discovered that we had spent way too much time on the lower floor and were pushed to miss some parts of the display of Expressionists. So please, if you are a fan of Expressionism, and you only have time for one visit, view that collection first so that you have time to savor each painting or sculpture.. The core of the Blue Rider collection includes Kandinsky (love his early works) Munter, Marc, Macke and Jawlensky. It also features a couple galleries of Klee. BTW: the new building built for this art is also a work of art. Audio tapes in several languages, including English, are available.
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