Buchheim Museum


WEBSITE: www.buchheimmuseum.de
LOCATION: Bernried, Germany
NEAREST AIRPORTS: Flughafen München, 40mins by train
Beyond the Bavarian capital of Munch lies the picturesque town of Bernried, home of the Buchheim Museum. The museum houses a large collection of German Expressionist art and is built on the edge of Lake Starnberg, offering up water sports and the great German outdoors.

The collection consists of largely German Expressionist paintings and graphics, purchased by the founder of the museum, Lothar-Günther Buchheim. He afforded the works thanks to the Nazi decree that expressionists art is ‘degenerate’. It is a rich collection including Beckmann, Braque, Cirinth, Kirchner, Dix, and Jawlensky, to name but a few.

The location was carefully considered when the museum was being planned and Lake Starnberg was selected for its natural beauty. There is a marina where you can rent a boat to sail the lake, and do water sports (It is closed in the winter). The building was completed in 1996 to the designs of Behnisch Architekten GbR.

The display is interwoven with Buchheim’s other interests including Bavarian folk art, African artefacts and a bizarre (if not slightly surreal) collection of papier mache life-size figures and circus objects. The playful side of the collection is reflected in a programme of changing exhibitions.