Hungry for more Blue Rider art?
Fans of the Blue Rider who have taken in the outstanding collection of works by the group’s artists at the Lenbachhaus and want more are encouraged to foray deeper into the history of Expressionism by taking daytrips to the institutions united under the label "MuSeenlandschaft Expressionismus." The Buchheim Museum in Bernried, the Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See, the Schlossmuseum Murnau, and the Stadtmuseum Penzberg all combine significant collections of Expressionist art with distinctive accents.
The Münter-Haus in Murnau is one of the best-preserved scenes of the Blue Rider story. Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky spent many a month here, lovingly designing the house's interior and exterior and the garden in keeping with their creative ideas. They also invited their artist friends for work retreats, and it was here that they devised a novel expressive style of painting in vibrant colors. The Blue Rider Almanac, too, was created in Murnau. Münter and Kandinsky's country home remains in its original condition; the rooms convey a vivid sense of how the artists lived over a century ago and are used for regularly scheduled thematic exhibitions.
Closer to home, many traces of the Blue Rider artists' lives await discovery on a tour of Munich's Schwabing and Maxvorstadt neighborhoods. One highlight is a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, where Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee were students. The creations of today's young artists are sure to be inspiring.
The circle's hangout was on Ainmillerstraße, where Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter also lived almost door to door with Paul Klee and his family. Yet the Blue Rider would never have happened without the "Pink Salon" that their friends and fellow artists Marianne von Werefkin and Alexej von Jawlensky hosted at Giselastraße 25 (note that today’s street numbers don’t match the historic numbering scheme).
The Schelling-Salon is one of Munich's most storied pubs. Kandinsky, Rilke, Pongratz, Lenin, and many others ate and drank here. Come for the hearty food and relaxed atmosphere and stay for a round—or two or three—of billiards or ping-pong.