" I intend to build a palace for myself that will eclipse everything the world has seen; it will link the power centers of European high art to the world of the present."
(Franz von Lenbach 1885)
In 1929, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus was established in the former residence of the artist Franz von Lenbach. When his widow, Lolo von Lenbach, offered to sell the property to the City of Munich in 1924, her proposal included the donation of the building's furnishings and interior decorations as well as numerous works by Lenbach. The acquisition of the Lenbachhaus made it possible to fulfill the desire for a municipal art museum, which had been widely felt for many years. The city's art holdings, which were scattered across various municipal institutions, were united; municipal funding was used to expand the collection. To create enough floor space for the collection and exhibitions, the architect Hans Grässel added an extension to Lenbach’s studio and residence building, creating a three-wing complex. On May 1, 1929, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus opened its doors to the public.
More about the historical rooms of the villa