How the Sauerland Museum reopens with August Macke

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"Very close" – that means not only the self-evident as a title of this exhibition, namely that one rare art in the original gets in front of the eyes, but also that you personally come very close to its author here. Not least because this author, the painter August Macke, comes from the very near environment. It is just 25 kilometers from the Sauerland Museum in Arnsberg to Macke's birthplace Meschede.

Now, in general consciousness, Macke is especially connected with Bonn, where his family moved in 1900, when the son was thirteen, and where today is the Macke house. In Meschede he had spent just over one year of life, meanwhile, the Mackes still lived in Cologne. There was no deeper connection to his native Sauerland town for Macke; he returned there only once, in 1913, and the reunion was not a happy one. Time for a possible revision of his judgment, however, he was not granted; he died a year and a half later, on 26 September 1914, as a soldier on the Western Front. He remained the art historically most prominent son of the Sauerland region.

Macke's "Sunny Path", 1913


Historical condition

The fact that the spectacular new extension of the Sauerland Museum is now being opened with a Macke show is only logical. And of course a gain for the prestige project of the city. Arnsberg, a city of almost 75,000 inhabitants, has benefited from a budget of 13.5 million euros for the reconstruction of its museum because it enjoys the historic status of the seat of one of five district governments of North Rhine-Westphalia, which at least the managed half Ruhr area, including much larger cities such as Dortmund or Bochum. In the old days, the "Kurbischöfe" of Cologne maintained a summer residence on a mountain ridge above the Ruhr valley, and the museum's core building, the baroque Palais "Landsberger Hof", was created in 1605 for the mistress of one of the most ecclesiastical Catholic princes.

The building became the Sauerland Museum in 1937, that is, in politically dubious times, which today seeks to compensate for the house through a distinctive permanent exhibition department during the Nazi era. There is therefore no room for special shows in the cramped palaces, so a three-story tower was erected on the slope of the Ruhr to Arnsberg: strictly cubic modern, almost windowless, a kind of art fortress in light brown travertine. And with three halls in the interior, which are named after the ever-increasing area after "Arnsberg", "Sauerland" and "Westphalia". Together they form the new special exhibition area, a small homeworld.

. (tagsToTranslate) August Macke (t) Katharina Koehler (t) Sauerland Museum (t) Family (t) Arnsberg (t) Sauerland (t) Meschede

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