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Soulmates

Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin

13 Mar — 12 Jul 20

Marianne von Werefkin, Into the night, 1910, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. Photo: Lenbachhaus

Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) and Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) have entered the canon of art history as one of the pioneering artist couples of the avant-garde. With the founding of the Neue Künstlervereinigung München in 1909, from which Blue Rider would emerged two years later, they not only advanced modernism as the conceptual drive (Werefkin) and creative force (Jawlensky) of these associations, but also contributed significantly to the development of early 20th century art, both individually and as a couple. They were soul mates, connected by a relationship that was never simple, always highly complex, intense and interpersonal. In her memoirs, Lily Klee, wife of painter Paul Klee, characterized very aptly “their relationship,” which was “no marriage,” as “an erotically platonic friendship love.” They were life companions even beyond their years of partnership. Even today it is exceedingly difficult to determine precisely when the two were acquaintances, friends, lovers, partners or colleagues. This exhibition, conceived in close cooperation between Museum Wiesbaden and Lenbachhaus Munich, traces the individual careers of both artists, putting them into relation with each other in the context of their perpetually changing private circumstances. Encompassing 190 works from national and international collections, the exhibit offers a rich panorama of these two closely interwoven artists’ lives that has never been shown before.

in cooperation with

Alexej von Jawlensky Archiv, Locarno, CH
Fondazione Marianne Werefkin, Ascona, CH

Further station

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, 20 Oct 2019 – 16 Feb 2020

Self-portraits of the artists

Marianne von Werefkin, Self-portrait, 1910, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Photo: Lenbachhaus
Marianne von Werefkin, Self-portrait, 1910, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Photo: Lenbachhaus
Alexej von Jawlensky, Self-portrait, 1912, Museum Wiesbaden, Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Alexej von Jawlensky, Self-portrait, 1912, Museum Wiesbaden, Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert

The Blue Mountains

Marianne von Werefkin, shingle factory, 1910, Museum Wiesbaden. Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Marianne von Werefkin, shingle factory, 1910, Museum Wiesbaden. Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Alexej von Jawlensky, Blue mountains (landscape with yellow chimney), 1912, Museum Wiesbaden. Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Alexej von Jawlensky, Blue mountains (landscape with yellow chimney), 1912, Museum Wiesbaden. Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert

Sponsors and Partners

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