Le Méridien Munich
Museum Villa Stuck
In 1897/98, the Munich painter, graphic artist and sculptor, Franz von Stuck (1863-1928), who was then 34 years old and at the height of his fame, commissioned the building of his impressive artist’s residence. On a hill overlooking the River Isar, Villa Stuck includes private living quarters, representative spaces and an artist’s studio. Designed down to the last detail by Stuck himself, the building is a monument to this eminent artist’s life and career. The vestibule, the reception room, the music salon, the stairwell and the studio all survive as masterworks of art-inspired interior design. In terms of its architectural style, the Villa Stuck building can be described as an immediate precursor to Modernism.
Everything reflects Stuck’s personal style which, in combining elements of classical, Byzantine, Oriental and High Renaissance art with contemporary developments, succeeds in creating a highly original and internationally acclaimed “total work of art”. Stuck entrusted the Munich-based company Heilmann & Littmann with constructing his residence. Its monolithic quality lends the three-storey building of the historic villa a monumental appearance. Four tower-like corner risalits accentuate its cubic shape. Two curved drives lead up to the bronze portal which is decorated with a Medusa head and covered by a portico with massive Doric columns, doubling as a studio porch. Initially, the historic villa’s exterior presented itself as an austere, unadorned white façade which Stuck later decorated with plain rectangular fields (originally black, subsequently ochre-colored).
In 1914/15, an imposing additional structure was erected adjacent to the Villa, housing a large painter’s studio on the upper level and a sculptor’s studio on the ground floor. This structure included a servants’ wing with a garage and a passage linking it to the historic villa building. In the back of the structure, a secluded artist‘s garden draws on Pompeian sources and combines them with nineteenth-century artworks.
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Museum Villa Stuck
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