Deutsche Bank Gives Over Feininger Painting to the Bauhaus Museum of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Lyonel Feininger was one of the most important teachers at the Bauhaus. As the head of the printing workshop, he had a lasting influence on this avant-garde German school. Now Deutsche Bank is giving over his painting Kopf in Architektur (1917) to the Bauhaus-Museum of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar on loan.

The painting comes from the artist’s estate and has been owned by Deutsche Bank since 1981. It belongs to a very small group of portraits done by Feininger, which stand in exciting contrast to his famous architectural works. Kopf in Architektur marks the stylistic phase that prompted Walter Gropius to give the artist an appointment at the Bauhaus in Weimar. On the occasion of the handover of the work, the Bauhaus Museum is presenting a small selection of Feiniger’s works.

The transfer provides important impetus for the new building of the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar and the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019. At the same time, it marks the continuance of the fruitful cooperation between Deutsche Bank and Klassik Stiftung Weimar, which began successfully in 1993 with the exhibition Bauhaus-Künstler, featuring works from both institutions. “Feininger’s goes very well with the Bauhaus Museum’s important collection. I’m delighted that with this loan Deutsche Bank can make a contribution to the planned new museum building and that the painting is now accessible to an interested public,” said Friedhelm Hütte, the Global Head, Deutsche Bank Art.

Feininger’s Kopf in Architektur is the third important Classic Modernist painting that the bank has loaned on a permanent basis to a German museum this year. Previously, two paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner were transferred—Rhätische Bahn (1917) was given over to the Museum Folkwang in Essen, and Chemnitzer Fabriken (1926) to the Kunstsammlung Chemnitz. Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar near Koblenz also received works. In 2008 600 important works from the Deutsche Bank Collection were loaned on a permanent basis to the Städel. Since 2012 a selection is on view in the new Garden Halls of the Frankfurt museum. The objective of these initiatives is to give as many people as possible access to the Deutsche Bank Collection.