Murnau became world famous by the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, who lived together with Gabriele Münter from 1909 to 1914 in today's Münterhaus. The well-known museum was also founding place of the Expressionist artists' association "Blue Rider", as Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc called after they had settled in Murnau and Kochel.
Inspired by the diverse landscape, numerous works of art have become famous here. Even Ödön von Horváth and Emanuel von Seidl were not unimpressed by the unique area around Murnau.
The Münter-Haus was the inspiration and starting point of a new artistic movement, that of Expressionism. It was the meeting point of the avant-garde and refuge of the artists: Franz Marc, Alexei Jawlensky, Marianne von Werefkin, August Macke and Arnold Schönberg came regularly to visit, as well as collectors and gallery owners. Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky spent many years in the house on the Kottmüllerallee. Here they have created the little garden together and painted the furniture according to their artistic feeling. Today you can visit the Münter House itself and when you enter it you will notice it still feels like you are here, just painting the banister or a table.
In the center of Murnau you will find the castle museum which shows as a permanent exhibition about 80 paintings, drawings and graphics from all phases of Gabriele Münter's work.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, you will find regular special exhibitions in the castle museum with interesting topics.
The Franz Marc Museum in Kochel a. See has been dedicated to the work of Franz Marc since its founding in 1986. A regularly redesigned hanging of the Franz Marc Museum and annual temporary exhibitions explore the different aspects of the collection and introduce Franz Marc in the whole breadth of his artistic and theoretical work as well as in his personality, which is shaped by a visionary spirit of reform.
The Buchheim Museum is an experience that appeals to all the senses. The museum concept unites four collections under one roof: the focus is on the famous Expressionist collection of paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints. Changing exhibitions complement the liveliness of the museum. The Buchheim Museum is located north of Bernried in the Höhenrieder Park right on the shore of Lake Starnberg. A walk through the park is a unique natural and artistic pleasure. Old groups of trees, enchanted ponds, pagodas, sculptures and other works of art line the way from the visitor parking lot to the museum building.