Friends from the US are here on vacation, and we decided to go and see the Fine Arts Folkwang Museum in Essen, which is located in the Ruhr Area (Ruhrgebiet) in Germany.
The Folkwang Museum is one of the most prominent art museums in Germany with collections of painting and sculpture from the 19th century, Classical Modernism and the post-1945 period. It’s been home to a Department of Photography since 1979 as well.
Folkwang Museum, the new building
At first glance, the museum’s building didn’t seem overly appealing. The new building (which is an extension to an existing older building) was designed by David Chipperfield (the must-have architect for museum annexes, as I was told) in 2010.
But once you’re inside, you realize that it is a very appropriate design for a fine arts museum.
There are vast spaces at ground level, only disconnected by interior green courtyards.
The rooms are mostly lit by natural light during the day.
On their website, the museum says it is also home to the German Poster Museum, which is said to be unique in Germany and to have one of the largest specialized collections in the world. I’m very interested in graphic art, so I wanted to see it, too.
As it turned out – there is no German Poster Museum, or, to be precise, there is one, but it is squeezed on one wall. And as I was there, there were no exhibits at all, because they were “in-between exhibitions”.
But at least, here are some of the other exhibits from their permanent collection:
Very Art Deco! I love the above one.