August Macke Haus features Travels of Macke during his Brief Life

artwork: August Macke (1887–1914) - "Landschaft mit Kühen und Kamel", 1914 - mixed media on canvas, 47 × 54 cm. - Courtesy of Kunsthaus Zürich


BONN, GERMANY – To help mark the 125th birthday of August Macke (1887 – 1914) the August Macke Haus for the first time highlights his extensive travels. The fascination of the unknown and search for new creative impulses have for centuries caused artists to travel far and wide. August Macke was no exception and embarked on a number of trips to satisfy his curiosity and to experience at first hand beautiful regions and cities rich in culture. Although he only lived to the age of 27, he traveled to many different countries in his short life; beginning in 1904 he undertook at least one trip every year. His first study trips took the young student to the Rhine and into Germany’s hilly Eifel region. He twice traveled to Italy, the classic destination of Europeans seeking to complete their education, and he engaged in an artistic discourse with masterpieces of past ages in several Northern Italian cities: in 1905 in the company of his friend and later brother-in-law Walter Gerhardt and in 1908 accompanied by his sweetheart Elisabeth and her uncle Bernhard Koehler. He traveled to the Netherlands and Belgium on several occasions to spend seaside vacations and, in particular, to further his art education. On exhibition 24th February until  28th May.