Museum Folkwang, Essen

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Founded in 1922, Museum Folkwang in Essen is one of Germany's best-established 19th- and 20th-century art museums. During the 1920s and '30s, this featured one of the leading modern art collections in the world--but the artworks were designated "degenerate art" by the Nazi Party and subsequently sold off or destroyed. In recent years, the museum has undergone a major redesign and has reclaimed its status as a leading gallery through its display of German Romanticism, heroic landscape art from the Late Classicist period, French Impressionism, German Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. The collection also incorporates the German Poster Museum, with approximately 340,000 posters from politics, economics, and culture. Make Museum Folkwang a part of your Essen vacation plans using our Essen trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The exhibitions in the Museum Folkwang are very well prepared and varied. Worth a visit even for not so art-loving people!
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  • August 15, 2017
    I'm not the standard museum kind of person, but as a cheap traveller, this museum did get on my list. It was a diverse museum with interesting interactive parts. It has a wide variety of art from arou...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    How lucky can one be? The temporary exhibition was one of Gerhard Richter-and what a, WOW! The museum is very pleasant (recent update by David Chipperfield), lots of light and as it enters the museum has beautiful works of art.
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  • Not what I expected from modern museum. It's more like a gallery. Some of the descriptions are in English, some are not. The videos were all in German. The security people were very strict, can't even bring a backpack inside. I'm not a fan of abstract paintings so this is a very subjective review 🤔
  • More an exhibition gallery than museum. Great art collection.
  • Pro: - Very good artworks - Free Main Exhibition - Nice little Shop Con: - Parking is 1,50€ per hour - Some of the staff is rude (Not everyone tho) - Special Exhibitions are pretty expensive
  • An excellent collection of artworks, mixing photography, installation, and traditional mediums all in an architecturally interesting space. Great way to spend an afternoon or morning. There's a cafe restaurant on-site, but on the pricey side.
  • Creative place 😎

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