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.
This year the Museum Folkwang together with the Neue Essener Kunstverein launched the new residency program Neue Folkwang Residence. Every year, two fellowships are awarded to international artists, each for a five-month working stay in Essen. The first two fellows, Olu Ogunnaike from London and Min Yoon from Vienna, have now moved into the new residential and studio building situated in the Eltingviertel. The program is made possible by the Folkwang-Museumsverein as well as the Olbricht Foundation and is furthermore sponsored by Vonovia.read more
Once again, the Folkwang-Museumsverein was able to acquire an artwork from the Expressionist period with funds provided by the estate of the couple Liselotte and Dr. Walter Griese. The purchased print "Zwei ruhende Frauen" (1909) by the German painter and graphic designer Erich Heckel (1883-1970) is captivating due to its great crispness of color and impressively testifies to Heckel's use of the color woodcut technique.read more
With funds from the estate of the Essener couple Liselotte and Dr. Walter Griese, the Folkwang-Museumsverein was able to purchase the painting "Meine Schwester Annemarie als liegender Akt" (ca. 1935) by the German artist Kate Diehn-Bitt (1900-1978).read more