LEO VON KÖNIG. LOVE, ART & CONVENTIONS
02.12.2023 – 07.04.2024
The painter Leo von König (1871-1944) was an outstanding representative of the Berliner Secession and its penultimate first chairman. He lived in Tutzing since 1943 and met Lothar-Günther Buchheim there. The friendship with the entire von König family lasted for many years and deepened into a very personal contact.
From December 2, 2023 to April 7, 2024, the Buchheim Museum will dedicate a major monographic exhibition to Leo von König. The core of the show are 48 previously unknown paintings that came to the museum in 2014 from the estate of Mr and Mrs Buchheim. It has not yet been possible to clarify how the canvases, some of which were taken from their stretcher, came into Buchheim's possession. After reaching an agreement with the heirs after Leo and Anna von König, half of this collection is still in the Buchheim Museum as a donation or on long-term loan. These paintings have been restored and inventoried for the exhibition and will be presented to the public for the first time. Their presentation will be woven into an extensive retrospective featuring other works by the artist from the Buchheim Collection as well as numerous loans from private collections and museums. In addition to von König's highly esteemed portraitures, his lesser-known landscapes, animal paintings and mythological motifs will also play a role. Leo von König is honoured as an important artist of his time in terms of art history, but is also viewed on the basis of current political and social historical findings, for he experienced political and social change from the Empire to the Weimar Republic and to Germany ruled by the National Socialists. His work reflects this development.
2023 in the museum
Leo von König, Cilly Außem, c. 1932, Buchheim Museum der Phantasie, Bernried am Starnberger See / Longterm loan from private collection, Reproduction: Nikolaus Steglich, Starnberg