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Museum Folkwang Essen, Chipperfield Neubau, © Giorgio Pastore

Mu­seum Folk­wang in Es­sen


Clas­sic­al Mod­ern­ism in a Chip­per­field build­ing

Once con­sidered the “most beau­ti­ful mu­seum of mod­ern art”, today Mu­seum Folk­wang is one of Ger­many’s most renowned art mu­seums.

Museum Folkwang in Essen is one of the most renowned art museums in Germany. Following extensive renovation work, the museum was reopened during the Ruhr’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2010. Star architect David Chipperfield designed an impressive new building to replace the museum’s previous extension, which dated from the 1980s .

In particular, Museum Folkwang’s collection of classical Modernism is unique worldwide. The collection was started by patron of the arts Karl Ernst Osthaus from Hagen at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1922 it was acquired by the city of Essen and has been housed there ever since. This important collection contains works by artists such as Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Kirchner, Manet, Marc, Matisse, Munch, Rodin and many other notable artists from the late 1800s.

The museum is also home to a world-class photographic collection with works from the 20th century, the post-war era and the present day. A total of around 600 paintings, 300 sculptures and installations and more than 1,800 other works of art can be admired in Museum Folkwang. As well as the permanent exhibitions, there are also numerous top-class temporary exhibitions, often featuring works by world-famous artists such as van Gogh, Hopper, Picasso or Gauguin on loan to the Essen museum. The German Poster Museum is also part of the museum complex, and contains one of the largest specialised collections in the world.


Opening hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 – 20:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

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Museum Folkwang Essen, Außenansicht Neubau, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen, Außenansicht Eingang, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen, Ansicht Foyer, Chipperfield Neubau, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen, Vor dem Museum, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen, Altbau mit Minnebrunnen, Munch und Hodler, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen, Altbau mit Sammlung Kirchner, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen, Sammlung Blauer Reiter, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen, Sammlung Van Gogh, © Giorgio Pastore
Museum Folkwang Essen at night, © Peter Wieler
Museum Folkwang Essen, Van Gogh und Gauguin, © Giorgio Pastore

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