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Arbour conversations

Sindelsdorf, GER
6.7. - 26.7.2024

Arbour conversations / Laubengespräche

Franz Marc, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, lived with his wife Maria in the Upper Bavarian village of Sindelsdorf near Murnau am Staffelsee from 1909 to 1914. The couple lived in the house of carpenter Josef Niggl, where Franz Marc set up two studios. Many expressionist paintings were created here, which later achieved world fame.

In the famous summerhouse, which stood next to the house until 2009 and is now located around 100 metres further north on Franz-Marc-Straße, Franz Marc founded the editorial office of the almanac “Der Blaue Reiter” together with Wassily Kandinsky, who was a frequent guest. The book and the artistic movement soon became the focus of a circle of like-minded artists and were to have a decisive influence on the development of European art in the 20th century.

The name “Der Blaue Reiter” symbolised the emergence of a new spiritual quality in art that sought to overcome the materialism of the 19th century. The almanac and the subsequent art exhibitions in which the artists of “Der Blaue Reiter” participated brought together texts and artworks from different cultures and artistic eras and were able to appeal to and inspire artists from different disciplines from various European countries.

Alexej Jawlensky, Marianne von Werefkin, Adolf Erbslöh, Alexander Kanoldt, August and Helmut Macke, Heinrich Campendonk as well as Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter met at Franz and Maria Marc’s home. Heinrich Campendonk and the animal painter Jean Bloé Niestlé lived in Sindelsdorf at the same time. Robert Delaunay considered Sindelsdorf to be one of the most important centres of European painting at the time.

But with the outbreak of the First World War, Sindelsdorf lost its famous painters and the town sank back into art-historical insignificance. Miraculously, however, the small, open building in the garden of the Zimmermann family, where Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky held their summerhouse talks, was preserved. Over the years, it has become a symbol of Europe-wide artistic exchange and the development of innovative ideas, the main concerns of the AiM Group.

More than a hundred years ago, the historic Sindelsdorf Arbour Talks contributed to international understanding, cross-border communication and an exchange of ideas across Europe. AiM pursues the same goals. That is why the group artistically explores the phenomenon, interprets the associated fields of meaning and explains them.