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“Architecture and art”
Review of Museum Folkwang

Museum Folkwang
Ranked #2 of 79 things to do in Essen
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Brand new, well designed museum: lots of light, Bauhaus- type style. Quite a good permanent collection, often combined with major temporary exhibitions.
A "must visit" in Essen.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Le Monde called it "the most beautiful museum in the world" and meant the building by David Chipperfield which indeed is perfect for a pleasant art experience.The string of interconnected pavillons are light and light-flooded, bridge inside and outside by opening the perspective to green interior courtyards and the town outside, and make you discover the collection quite effortless in a pleasant stroll.

And what a collection they have: The 19th century is represented by a great collection of French and German artists, the contemporary 20th and 21st century mainly by German artists. Amongst the many top names and pictures I personally liked in particular the following:

Lise with the parapluie by Auguste Renoir, Claude Monnet's Cathedral of Rouen in mist, a small painting by Manet called "the granate", the portrait of 16 year-old Armand Roulin by Van Gogh, a great "horse against landscape" by Franz Marc and a wonderful "concentrated" view of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice by Max Ernst (?).

There are also great sculptures by Rodin, Maillol and a stunning fountain by Belgian artist Georges Minne. At the moment of my visit, they had a stunning temporary exhibition of sculptures by Thomas Schuette.

The large and excellent collection reveals sometimes surprising cross references. For example the pictures by the Swiss Hodler and the Norvegian Munch are so similar in colours, tones and even subject that one may think that they were painted by the same person. Oh, and then they do have a portrait painted by Miro. Incredible. I always thought that he could only do colourful abstracts which he would call star with woman and bird, or was it bird, woman and star?

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Nice examples of some of the Master's - Monet, Picasso etc. Galleries are large with high ceilings and well lit, so good for viewing. I was there mid-day and very few other people were there so it was pleasant to view in quiet. Definitely worth getting audio tour from museum.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

I loved, loved, loved this museum. Aside from its shockingly good permanent collection of modern art, from Kirchner and German Expressionist pieces to a variety of other art movements represented -- we saw what in recent memory is my absolute favorite temporary show, "Im Farbenrausch-Matisse, Munch and the Expressionists" . This had to be one of the most brilliantly organized and chosen exhibits of my lifetime, and I go to up to twenty major exhibitions a year. I will never forget the day I spent at the Folkwang as long as I live. Despite having seen many of the works in their original museums, it was the particular gathering of these particular items in one space that was so moving. I wish I could meet and speak to the curators who put that show together, because it could simply not have been a more perfect series of pairings and rooms- not to mention an excellent audioguide. On top of all this there is an amazing poster museum the likes of which don't exist many places in the world. Ah, this place is heaven. Go out of your way and get yourself to this museum. Who knew Essen would have one of my favorite museum visits in a lifetime.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Nice collection of 19th century art. We enjoyed especially the 4 Van Goghs, but also Nolde, Macke, Kirchner and other painters. And some great sculptures by Rodin.
Vincent & Paul next door is a good restaurant.

Thank Michel B
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