October 22, 2019 – February 16, 2020 at kunstbau


Alexej von jawlensky and marianne von werefkin

Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) and Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) occupy a prominent place in art history as one of the avant-garde's pioneering artist couples. They were among the founders of the Neue Künstlervereinigung München, the artists' association established in 1909 from which the Blue Rider seceded two years later. A leading thinker (Werefkin) and source of important creative impulses (Jawlensky) in these circles, the two also made art history, individually and as a couple, with vital contributions to the birth of modernism in the early twentieth century. Exhibitions surveying the two artists' groups have illuminated Werefkin's and Jawlensky's roles and their oeuvres have been presented in extensive solo retrospectives. Yet remarkably, their partnership in life as well as art, which lasted for more than a quarter-century, from 1893 until 1921, has never been the subject of a focused exhibition.

Jointly conceived by the Lenbachhaus, Munich, and the Museum Wiesbaden, and organized in close cooperation between the two museums, the exhibition Soulmates. Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin will retrace the two eminent artists' individual creative evolution to pinpoint the ways in which they inspired and influenced each other and illuminate their careers in the context of the constantly shifting circumstances of their lives.

In cooparation with Museum Wiesbaden, Hessisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Natur.
Curated by Annegret Hoberg (Lenbachhaus) and
Roman Zieglgänsberger (Museum Wiesbaden)

The exhibition was realized with support by the Kulturstiftung der Länder.




The exhibition catalogue is supported by the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.





Mon, October 21, 2019, 7pm
at Lenbachhaus
Admission free

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Museum Wiesbaden, Hessisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Natur: 13.3.–12.7.2020



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