I was visiting Essen this weekend with a friend of mine, more or less traveling with or rather due to him as he had a doctors appointment there and I said why not and accompanied him. 😂
The city itself is not as worth seeing, they of course have the UNESCO world heritage Zeche Zollverein, an underground mining complex that is now shut down.
We also visited the Folkwang museum, which was formed in 1902 by Karl Ernst Osthaus, one of the most prominent art patrons of the time. When he died, his collection was sold to the city of Essen as well as the Folkwang museumboard in 1921 and since then continuesly curated - they actually were one of the biggest pioneers of modern art back then and, after seeing the collection, probably still are.
Some pieces I photographed were by Rothko, a big piece at over 2meters in height, as well as an almost bigger work on canvas by Gerhard Richter, named "Himmel", or "Sky" in English.
There also were pieces by Franz Kline, Kehinde Wiley which was a canvas at 128x112in (or 325.1x284.5cm), and of course George Condo. Funnily enough the first works by these two still alive artists (Condo and Wiley) that I was lucky enough to see and whitness myself.
I'll attach some photos of all mentioned works as well as some other snaps below 🤗
It really is. At first I walked kinda past it as the whole setup of the room made it look like it was very biblical work by the old masters (we had very limited time there so we said we only want to see the art we really enjoy and know stuff about lol), only at second glance when I was like most of them look off, why is MJ riding this horse?! I went back in and was like holy sh**, almost missed those gems!
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