Barkenhoff - Heinrich-Vogeler-Museum, Worpswede, Germany *
Heinrich Vogeler's 'Gesamtkunstwerk' at the heart of the former Worpswede artists' colony.
Heinrich Vogeler (1872-1942) was a painter, graphic artist, designer and architect, born in Bremen but, from 1894, an early member of the Worpswede artists' colony. His former home, the Barkenhoff in Worpswede, was so named for the number of birch trees that surrounded it. Vogeler lived here from 1895 until the 1920s, and received visits from friends and colleagues including the writers Thomas Mann (1875-1955) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926).
The Barkenhoff was restored and re-displayed in 2004 and 2012 and now tells the story of Vogeler and the Worpswede colony through a multi-faceted exhibition. Visitors can see Vogeler's original studio and interiors and works of art from the permanent collection and elsewhere, alongside a programme of temporary exhibitions. Other buildings relating to the Worpswede colony are nearby, including the Grosse Kunstchau and Worpswede Kunsthalle, both displaying works of art from the colony, and the Haus im Schluh, the building designed and constructed by Martha Vogeler.
IMAGE: © Rüdiger Lubricht/Worpsweder Museumsverbund
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