Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibition


“In Search of Creativity’s Roots”

“Primitivism” in the Work of Gabriele Münter

Starting September 27, 2016

Like many of her contemporaries, Gabriele Münter sought to get closer to the “sources” of human creativity by engaging with the world of children, folk art, and extra-European cultural objects. They represent some of the key elements guiding her art after 1908. The inspiration she drew from these cultural phenomena and artifacts underpins the small selection of works at the Münter House.

These works, some of which have never been shown publicly before, complement the comprehensive exhibition “Gabriele Münter: Painting to the Point” currently on view at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich (October 31, 2017 – April 8, 2018). The exhibition will travel to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk (Denmark) in spring 2018 and to Museum Ludwig in Cologne in autumn 2018.

The “Gabriele Münter: Painting to the Point” exhibition catalogue, by Isabelle Jansen, is available from the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus online shop.

Past Exhibitions


New Paintings by Gabriele Münter in the Münter House in Murnau

For the first time since the reopening of the Münter House following a major renovation completed in 1999, a new selection of paintings by Gabriele Münter is on display there. All works form part of the estate of the artist, most of them have never been exhibited. Thematically, the works, which date from 1909 to 1943, refer to Murnau, to the Münter House and to the local folk art which provided a vital source of inspiration for Münter. This presentation reveals new and little-known aspects of Gabriele Münter’s art.

“Die blaue Reiterei stürmt voran”

Picture Sources for The Blue Rider Almanac – The Vasily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter Collection

From May 10, 2012, to December 1, 2013

Edited by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, The Blue Rider Almanac appeared in May 1912. An exhibition is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of this event at the Münter House in Murnau where the working meetings for this seminal programmatic document of twentieth-century art took place.

The exhibition focuses on the principle of comparing pictorial materials from different periods and cultural milieus that was central to the Almanac. Apart from illustrative material collected by the editors Kandinsky and Marc, works from Gabriele Münter’s and Wassily Kandinsky’s private collection – South German votive tablets, Russian picture sheets, children’s drawings, and non-European art – are on view for the first time.

As with the earlier exhibition Gabriele Münter und Wassily Kandinsky: Perlenstickereien und Textilarbeiten aus dem Nachlass von Gabriele Münter, the project aims at being a scholarly study of a hitherto unknown part of Münter’s estate and at presenting it to the public in the context of an exhibition at the Münter House. The accompanying publication is therefore both a scholarly inventory and an exhibition catalogue.

Catalogue (€ 18)

16.5 x 21.5 cm, 112 pages

Published by the Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, Munich


Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky. Bead and Textile Works, From October 19, 2010, to April 15, 2013

StickereienIn the early years of the twentieth century Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky not only painted pictures but devoted themselves to other forms of expression such as textile works. They collaborated closely to produce small bead-embroidered bags and wall hangings designed by Kandinsky and executed by Münter. Sometimes these draw on the forms of art nouveau, or they stem from Kandinsky’s personal pictorial world. Among these textile works in the Münter estate in the Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung is a hitherto unknown painting on textile by Kandinsky. This work by Kandinsky was on view for the first time in an exhibition of embroidery and other textiles owned by Gabriele Münter at the Münter House in Murnau, and has been presented to the public in a publication. For the first time a special exhibition presented the two artists collaborating at their joint workplace, following a show of documents in 2009 dealing with the purchase of the house.

Catalogue (€ 15)

Published by the Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, Munich