From the Director
World War I was an unprecedented global cataclysm, which resulted in the deaths of more than nine million soldiers and seven million civilians. The war reshaped the world order, and brought an immediate end to the Austro-Hungarian empire, among other transnational entities. Within any tragedy of such enormity are innumerable smaller tragedies. Among these were the deaths in battle of two of the leading lights of German art at the time: Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914). Both Marc and Macke brought brilliant color and emotional intensity to the art of their era. They showed not only in Germany, with exhibitions in Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, and Munich, but as far afield as Moscow.
Vivian Endicott Barnett has done a marvelous job as curator of the exhibition, "Franz Marc and August Macke: 1909-1914," bringing scholarly acumen and fresh insights to her work. The show is on view here at Neue Galerie New York through January 21, and we are delighted to have formed a partnership with the Musée de l'Orangerie, so that it will travel to Paris next March and reach a wider international audience. We look forward to welcoming you here soon.
Director, Neue Galerie New York