11 FEBRUARY - 21 MAY 2023
Gabriele Münter, Bildnis Marianne von Werefkin, 1909
Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation, Munich
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Throughout her life, German Expressionist painter Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) took an active interest in people. Her art captured the personality of each sitter by fine-tuning the painting style, composition, and degree of abstraction. At the same time, the portrait genre allowed her to express her research in terms of content or form. In her group portraits, Münter conveyed interpersonal relationships and group dynamics through the structural fabric of the image, in some cases incorporating the landscape into the composition to carry meaning.

This first major exhibition dedicated to a single theme in her work focuses on Münter’s intense engagement with portraiture from 1899/1900 to 1940. Around 100 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and reverse paintings on glass are being brought together to illustrate the enormous diversity of her work and unique pioneering spirit.

On view, and in addition to works from the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau in Munich, will be loans from important collections such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and the Israel Museum, as well as from private lenders.