Museum Folkwang is a cool museum. Note to self: give name of museum to writers of such movies as Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and perhaps get a chuckle out of it next time. Nevertheless, moving on to more serious artistic matters, especially ones that are weighty and ones that focus on the likes of Matisse and the Fauves themselves. For a short time in April, people bold enough to travel to Essen, Germany, will get a look at The Ecstasy of Colour, which not only features Matisse, but Munch and other Expressionists that changed the world.

The exhibition is unique from past Fauve exhibitions in that it pits the French wild ones, such as Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck, André Derain and the Norwegian Edvard Munch, against the Russian and German Expressionists such as Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Alexey von Jawlensky, Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and Gabriele Münter. A look at the shortlist of above names and we’d want to book our tickets and hotels too.

As such, the artwork produced by the artists in Germany closely followed the new painting movement in France and made it the starting point of their own revolutionary development. Folkwang Museum director Hartwig Fischer said: “With this exhibition we will continue the work of Karl Ernst Osthaus’ who showed in 1906 the Fauves, the Expressionists, and Edvard Munch and acquired for the collection,” he said in accompanying exhibition notes. “This early support from the Folkwang Museum in the exhibition now opens in the riot of colors - Munch, Matisse and the Expressionists, in which we demonstrate on the basis of key works in the special role of Fauvism. [It] provides an avenue for artistic development in France and Germany in particular new formative period. Here, the important works from the Museum Folkwang collection are bringing to the project.”

In other news, if you bought an artwork from New York art dealer Robert Scott Cook, it might be a good idea to contact the authorities. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers, Cook has been charged in a $4 million fraud case for allegedly selling works by Picasso and Matisse paintings, among others, without telling the owner or giving them the proceeds. Apparently he did this for 16 works of art! Authorities are, however, finding it hard to locate exactly where Cook is at the moment, because he travels around the world frequently. Well, with an extra $4 million, the least you could do is jump on an airplane.