Welcome to the Folkwang-Museumsverein

The Folkwang-Museumsverein (FMV) is very closely linked with Museum Folkwang, through its acquisition of the legendary Karl Ernst Osthaus Collection in 1922, through its involvement in the Museum’s administration and because of its significant funding of the Museum. It is the contractual basis for this relationship and the resultant partnership with the City of Essen which have allowed Museum Folkwang to become so phenomenally successful.



It is with deep sadness that we bid farewell to our Executive Board Member Prof. Dr. Thomas Budde

Born in Essen, Prof. Budde was a long-time member of the Folkwang-Museumsverein. His tireless commitment to the Museum Folkwang was a matter dear to his heart. In March 2021, Prof. Budde was elected to the Executive Board of the Folkwang-Museumsverein. He remained committed until the end, enriching the work of the Executive Board with far-sighted ideas, empathy and his open, approachable and very likeable personality.

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A rare find: new acquisitions of a work by the Swiss-French artist Eva Aeppli

The collection of the Museum Folkwang has recently been enriched by a single figure by the artist Eva Aeppli. The Folkwang-Museumsverein was able to acquire the textile work of the artist entitled "Hand mit angenähtem Ärmel" from 1991. Eva Aeppli was part of the Swiss-French art scene from the 1950s and remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

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Head of the Deutsches Plakat Museums at Museum Folkwang René Grohnert with the poster "JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG (1870-1960) I Want You for U.S. Army", 1917, color lithograph, acquired 2022 through the Folkwang-Museumsverein

Wanted: Acquisition of an icon within the international poster art

The latest addition to the collection of the Deutsches Plakat Museum at the Museum Folkwang is arguably one of, if not the most iconic of international World War posters. The color lithograph "JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG (1870-1960) I Want You for U.S. Army" complements the already extensive collection of posters on the First World War in the Museum Folkwang with an essential specimen. In addition, the poster will serve as a key visual for the upcoming exhibition "WE WANT YOU! - Von den Anfängen des Plakats bis heute" whose title is borrowed from the poster itself.

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