With one of the internationally most important collections of German art – based on the seminal inventory of works by August Macke –, the Kunstmuseum disposes over a collection profile that is unparalleled throughout the country. The collection focuses on the Rhenish Expressionists, German art after 1945 including Joseph Beuys’ Multiples as well as graphic art including photography and the video center Ingrid Oppenheim. The museum’s relevance has been steadily growing over the past decades.
Collection August Macke
The purchase of the paintings in 1949 of “Tightrope Walkers” and “Turkish Café” by August Macke constituted the beginning of professional and programmatic collecting at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. At the same time, these works laid the groundwork for a particular emphasis of the museum that still applies today.
In the ensuing years, one of the most extensive collections of Macke’s works was to be assembled, with paintings from all periods of his creative life, including a large number of watercolors and drawings.