Gabriele Münter and Her Guests. Creative encounters at the Münter House
September 2019—Summer 2021
One hundred and ten years ago, on August 21, 1909, Gabriele Münter bought a home in Murnau in which art history would be written. Now widely known as the Münter House, the comprehensively renovated building was opened to the public as a museum in 1999. To celebrate the double anniversary, we have designed a special exhibition that turns the spotlight on the Münter House as a hub of creative inspiration. The show focuses on the Blue Rider years as well as events in 1934 that exemplify the house's history in the 1930s.
The Münter House in Murnau is famous as one of the birthplaces of modern art. Between 1909 and 1914, Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky stayed at their country home for extended periods of time. It was in Murnau that Münter broke through to a new visual idiom, and the motifs Kandinsky found in the surrounding landscapes guided him toward abstraction. On more than one occasion, the two hosted visiting fellow artists at the Münter House. In the fall of 1911, Kandinsky invited Franz and Maria Marc and August and Elisabeth Macke to Murnau to edit the now famous almanac "The Blue Rider." Having returned from Scandinavia, where she had spent the war years, in 1920, Münter would often come to her home in Murnau for much-needed seclusion, although she did not make it her permanent residence until 1931. A few years later, her partner Johannes Eichner moved in with her.
The exhibition, which takes up the entire building, introduces visitors to the Münter House as a scene of lively gatherings both before the Great War and over the decades that followed. The presentation on the ground floor, which has been completely redesigned for the first time since 1999, includes a selection of photographs. Thirteen new paintings by Münter, eight of which have never been on public display, will be on view in the other rooms. In another first, the Münter House will now also host contemporary art, in the form of a new work by the Munich-based artist Caro Jost: decades after Gabriele Münter's death, the Münter House remains a place of inspiring encounters between creative minds.
Isabelle Jansen and Matthias Mühling