The Franz Marc Museum was founded in 1986 as a homage to the life and work of the personality after which it is named. Up to his death as a soldier in World War I, Franz Marc spent significant periods of his artistic existence in the Bavarian Alpine foothills in and around the lakeside village of Kochel am See. He is one of the key artistic personalities of the 20th century, the point of crystallisation and a mirror for numerous artistic philosophies of his own generation and future ones too.
There it is in a green meadow, surrounded by tall trees with impressive mountain peaks in the background. When you enter the main building of the museum, it seems as if Marc himself were still living there. An intimate character lends the Franz Marc Museum a special charm. It contains about 160 exhibits: Oil paintings – including the lemon horse and the ox of fire –, wood carvings and personal belongings of the artist.
Franz Marc is at the fulcrum of the design of the museum building that was recently built in 2008. Over an exhibit area of over 700 m2, his works of art are presented in a dialogue with those by his contemporaries and artist friends. Exhibits linked thematically to the other pieces in the collection augment this focus and offer new insights into the art of the 20th century.
Besides the items from Franz Marc's estate, the collection in the museum includes important works of art from the Etta and Otto Stangl foundation. It also contains well-known works of the Brücke Expressionism movement as well as extraordinary works of art by Paul Klee and prominent paintings of abstract art from the post-World War II period, in addition to the art of the Blue Rider group.
The private character of the museum, the harmonious interaction of architecture, the collection and presentation, the integration of the house in a spectacular natural setting, and the option of combining a visit to the museum with activities in the surrounding area and a pleasurable meal in a local Bavarian or other restaurant make the museum an especially rich experience.
Tues. to Sun. and holidays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tues. to Sun. and holidays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
By car on the B11 federal road or by the Regionalbahn (regional train).
The walk from the Kochel train station to the museum takes approx. 20 to 30 minutes.
Franz Marc Museum
82431 Kochel a. See