New Acquisitions

New items, whether individual objects or collections in whole or in part, are constantly being added to the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s eight Collections, through acquisitions, auctions and donations. Indeed, the role of museums, since their earliest days, has always been to collect, exhibit and conserve arts and cultural objects and inform the public about them.

Important Art Nouveau and Early Modernist collection donated to Münchner Stadtmuseum

Over the course of several decades, Kenneth Barlow and Albrecht Widmann succeeded in building up an internationally important collection of Art Nouveau and Early Modernist work in Munich. With over 600 works, it offers a wealth of paintings and graphic art, sculpture, furniture, textiles and a host of silver, porcelain, ceramic and glass objects. Its owners have generously donated the entire collection to the Münchner Stadtmuseum.

The collection can be traced back to the roots of Munich’s Art Nouveau movement, now generally recognized as the forerunner of the Modernist movement in the city. It shines a spotlight on this movement’s leading exponents such as Friedrich Adler (1878-1942), Eduard von Berlepsch-Valendas (1849-1921), Sofie Burger-Hartmann (1868-1940), Bernhard Pankok (1872-1943), Bruno Paul (1874-1968), Richard Riemerschmid (1868-1957), Jakob Julius Scharvogel (1854-1938), Theodor Schmuz-Baudiss (1859-1942) and Carl Strathmann (1866-1939).

This exceptionally generous donation from Kenneth Barlow and Albrecht Widmann means that the Münchner Stadtmuseum can now paint an even more detailed picture of this exciting period in Munich’s history at the turn of the 20th century. It places the Museum in a position to showcase a comprehensive selection of works by those forerunners of Modernism who worked in this city.

Aschenschale "Schnecke", Entwurf: Sofie Burger-Hartmann, 1898, Bronze, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Barlow u. Widmann, Schenkung von Kenneth Barlow und Albrecht Widmann
Teufel, Entwurf: Thomas Theodor Heine, um 1904, Ausführung: Adalbert Brandstetter, München, Bronze, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Barlow u. Widmann, Schenkung von Kenneth Barlow und Albrecht Widmann
Katzenfamilie mit Maus, Carl Strathmann, Aquarell, Tusche, farbige Kreiden, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Barlow u. Widmann, Schenkung von Kenneth Barlow und Albrecht Widmann
Reihergruppe, Entwurf: Wera von Bartels, um 1913, Bronze, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Barlow u. Widmann, Schenkung von Kenneth Barlow und Albrecht Widmann
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