Key Works of Wilhelm Lehmbruck

The “big idea” of a Lehmbruck Museum was conceived in the 1920s. One of the major examples of modern museum architecture, the building was finally opened after WWII in 1964. As in no other museum building before, Manfred Lehmbruck, the architect and one of Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s sons, realised the most important paradigms of the “international style” in the great Glass Hall. Its counterpart is the Lehmbruck Wing, half-buried in the ground, whose curved concrete walls envelop Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s oeuvre like a shelter. Manfred Lehmbruck had built a museum specifically designed to house his father’s works.

The Lehmbruck Wing in its original 1964 form is characterised by the unique symbiosis between Lehmbruck’s sculptures and the architecture designed for them, as international audiences experienced it at the opening of the museum. Lehmbruck’s sculptures and paintings are exhibited in a conspicuously sparing manner, which gives each work enough space to achieve its distinct effect.

Photographer: Bernd Kirtz