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In February 1976, Joseph Beuys (1921 – 86) realized the environment zeige deine Wunde (show your wound) at the Kunstforum in Munich. The acquisition of the work for the Lenbachhaus in 1979 occasioned a public debate over the value of contemporary art. The purchase was seen as a provocative act, but also as an effort on the part of the museum to open up a new dimension for its collection. For the first time, the Lenbachhaus bought a significant work of art whose author’s life and work bore no particular relation to Munich. In January 1980, Beuys installed the environment in Franz Lenbach’s former studio wing. He observed that “in this concert of objects, it is not I who speak; the things have their own inner language. Comprehending it is something everyone has to do for himself or herself.”
The Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, the villa of the "painter prince" Franz von Lenbach, bases its reputation as an internationally important museum on its unique collection of works by the "Blue Rider" (including Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, August Macke, Gabriele Münter and Paul Klee ). In addition to 19th century Munich painting, Art Nouveau and New Objectivity, the museum presents an extensive collection of works by Joseph Beuy as well as major trends in contemporary international art.
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