Exhibition at Berlin’s Kupferstichkabinett focuses on the subject of music in drawings and prints – Berlin – 21.07.2017-05.11.2017 – 10613

Edvard Munch, Geigenkonzert, 1903, Pinsel und Kreidelithographie auf Vélinpapier, 55,4 x 76,4 cm, © bpk, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Dietmar Katz.

The Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is dedicating its fourth summer exhibition to a topic that is as entertaining as it is varied: the subject of music in drawings and prints. A selection of about 100 of the most beautiful musical works are on display, among others by Andrea Mantegna, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Adolph von Menzel, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Gerhard Altenbourg.

The recurring leitmotif evident in the exhibition is the special affinity between musical and pictorial expression. In musical notation, for instance, many of the basic elements of the graphic arts such as lines, initials, abbreviations, and dots capture the fleeting sound of a melody and make it visible on paper – music, in short, is drawn. And on the other hand, in the prints and drawings on display here, the dancing, flowing, or staccato strokes of the pen, pencil, or burin are strongly reminiscent of musical rhythms and harmonies. With the rise of modernism, visual artists even started creating tonal compositions of lines and colours rendered with pen and brush. These works impressively illustrate the creative back-and-forth between the visual arts and music.
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Exhibition at Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace focuses on Polish king John III Sobieski – Vienna – 07.07.2017-01.11.2017 – 10612

Exhibition view “John III Sobieski. A Polish King in Vienna”. Photo: Johannes Stoll © Belvedere, Vienna.

The Polish king John III Sobieski (1629–1696) is inextricably linked to the history of Vienna. As the commander-in-chief of united armed forces, he liberated the city from the Ottoman siege that lasted several weeks in 1683. With this victory, he secured a place in world history and in the collective Austrian memory. Developed in cooperation with four major Polish residences, the exhibition at Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace offers the first opportunity in the German-speaking realm for visitors to become acquainted with the monarch as a private individual and to learn about his work as a statesman, an army general, and a patron of the arts and sciences.

Curators Maike Hohn (Belvedere) and Konrad Pyzel (Wilanów Palace) have traced Jan III. Sobieski’s life and work. With the help of almost one hundred paintings, precious objects, art objects, militaria, and memorabilia, visitors are given a comprehensive and lively picture of the Polish king and his time.
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Works by Derain, Balthus, and Giacometti on view at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris – 02.06.2017-29.10.2017 – 10611

André Derain, Geneviève with the apple, 1937-38. Oil on canvas, 32 x 73 cm. © Thomas Hennocque. © ADAGP, Paris 2017.

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is presenting a new kind of exhibition exploring the friendship between three major 20th-century artists: André Derain (1880–1954), Balthus (1908–2001) and Alberto Giacometti (1901–66). Never before compared in this way, their ways of seeing share the same exigency regarding the nature of the work of art. Driven by a powerful modernist urge, all three were passionately interested in the painting of the past and the art of distant civilisations, fascinated by “the dark forces of matter” (Derain) and, more broadly, marked by an acute attentiveness to the “marvellous, unknown” reality before their eyes (Giacometti). Even more so than the mutual admiration and affection they showed throughout their lives, their profound sense of artistic community is the guiding thread of this exhibition.

On show here is a remarkable selection of over 350 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, mainly centred on the period between the 1930s and the 1960s. This includes the greater part of the Derain oeuvre, which has not been seen in Paris since the 1995 retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the most comprehensive view of Balthus since the Centre Pompidou retrospective in 1983; and the opportunity for a fresh look at Giacometti.
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Exhibition at Haus der Kunst focuses on two pivotal exhibitions held in 1937 – Munich – 18.07.2017-04.02.2018 – 10610

“Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung”, München, 1937. Stadtarchiv München, DE-1992-FS-NS-00436.

The Archive Gallery in Haus der Kunst opens a new presentation, “Munich, Summer 1937.” The exhibition which will be on view through 4 February, 2018, will focus on two pivotal exhibitions “Große Deutsche Kunstaustellung” and „Entartete Kunst” which were on view in Munich that summer.

In 1937, with the two exhibitions the National Socialists presented their cultural-political program that opposed the art they favoured and promoted and one which they denounced. With “Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung” (Great German Art Exhibition) in the Haus der Deutschen Kunst and, “Entartete Kunst” (Degenerate Art) in the Hofgarten Gallery – within walking distance of each other, and opening on 18 and 19 July respectively, the Nazi’s counter-program could not be more clear.
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Tate to show “The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904)” – London – 02.11.2017-07.05.2018 – 10608

Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903), Kew Green, 1892. Oil paint on canvas, 460 x 550 mm. Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France).

This autumn, Tate Britain will bring together over 100 beautiful works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and others in the first large-scale exhibition to chart the stories of French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904) will map the artistic networks they built in Britain, consider the aesthetic impact London had on the artists’ work, and present instantly recognisable views of the city as seen through French eyes.
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The Collection de l’Art Brut presents major retrospective of works by the Czech creator Anna Zemánková – Lausanne – 09.06.2017-26.11.2017 -10607

Untitled, btw. 1960 and 1979. Colored pencil, ink, ballpoint pen and embossing on drawing paper, 20,5 x 30,2 cm. Photo: Arnaud Conne, (AN). Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne.

The Collection de l’Art Brut proudly presents a major retrospective of works by the Czech creator Anna Zemánková (1908 – 1986). The event has been set up in close conjunction with this creator’s family who, for many years now, has sought to promote Zemánková’s oeuvre. To that end, the Collection de l’Art Brut has assembled a large selection of nearly 130 drawings from both its own holdings and the family’s private collection: many of these are being shown for the first time. Works from a private Czech collection also are on display, together with archival documents, a to-date unreleased film on Anna Zemánková and a major monograph.
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Leighton House Museum opens the first Alma-Tadema exhibition in London since 1913 – 07.07.2017-29.10.2017- 10605

‘Alma-Tadema At Home in Antiquity’, Upper Perrin Gallery. Images courtesy of Leighton House Museum and Kevin Moran Photography.

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, the first major exhibition in London since 1913 to be devoted to one of the most popular artists of the Victorian era, is now open at Leighton House Museum. With over 130 works, Leighton House Museum is the only UK venue for the exhibition, following an exceptionally successful tour to the Museum of Friesland, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (the artist’s home town) and the Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity explores all phases of the artist’s career with a particular focus on his fascination with the representation of domestic life in classical antiquity and how this interest was expressed in the two remarkable studio-houses he created in London with his wife Laura and his two daughters. Laura frequently posed at home for her husband’s paintings and was also a gifted and successful artist in her own right. The exhibition includes over a dozen pictures by Laura and AlmaTadema’s daughter Anna, highlighting the close connections between their domestic and creative lives.
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Kunsthalle Bremen presents exhibition of works by Fernando Bryce – Bremen – 01.07.2017-19.11.2017 – 10596

Fernando Bryce, To the Civilized World.

Fernando Bryce, who was born in Lima in 1965 and now lives and works in New York, has long been one of South America’s leading contemporary artists. In his group of works he reflects on international and geopolitical events of the twentieth century. He culls archives for print material which he then reproduces using his own slower method of ink-on-paper drawings. He is less interested in reconstructing history than in revealing ideologically-loaded imagery and the power strategies used in print media and films. This exhibition presents his most recent cycle, which explores Bremen’s colonial history and the its colonial revisionist tendencies after 1914.
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Moderna Museet Malmo presents comprehensive exhibition of Ulf Rollof’s work – Malmö – 22.06.2017-14.01.2018 – 10595

Installation view Ulf Rollof: Urgent Moderna Museet Malmö. Photo: Helene Toresdotter / Moderna Museet.

Just before the Midsummer holiday Moderna Museet Malmö is opening a comprehensive exhibition in the Turbine Hall of Ulf Rollof’s complex and multifaceted art. Urgent addresses the major issues of our day, and summarizes forty years of Rollof’s artistic career in an existential and physical experience.

Since the 1980s, Ulf Rollof (b. 1961) has worked with a multitude of different materials and expressions—sculpture, works on paper, moving images, experimental painting, mechanical installations, and photography. The exhibition Urgent features some twenty works, ranging from his early watercolors to photographs, from large installations to his shooting paintings and the latest large lightbox paintings. Moderna Museet has a comprehensive collection of Rollof’s work, and the exhibition complements these with a number of important pieces on loan from private collectors and from the artist himself. Visitors will now get a chance to experience a rich and broad body of work by an artist whose work feels very relevant today.
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Most comprehensive overview of Frank Bowling’s monumental paintings ever mounted opens at Haus der Kunst – München – 23.06.2017-07.01.2018 – 10594

Frank Bowling, Barticaflats, 1986. Acrylic on canvas, 176.5 x 287 cm., 69 1/2 x 113 in. Courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales London, New York © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.

Going back fifty years into Frank Bowling’s career, Haus der Kunst presents “Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi”, the most comprehensive overview of the artist’s monumental paintings ever on view.

Born in Bartica, British Guiana, in 1934, Frank Bowling in the aftermath of World War II left his native country at the age of 19, arriving in London in 1953, as part of the momentous wave of Anglophone West Indian and Caribbean populations that migrated to England. Later he would study painting at The Slade School, and Royal College of Art, distinguishing himself – next to David Hockney – with the silver medal for painting in RCA’s 1962 graduating class.
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Imperial War Museum North presents largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis – Manchester – 23.06.2017-01.01.2018 – 10593

Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), A Battery Shelled, 1919. Oil on canvas. © IWM.

From 23 June 2017 until 1 January 2018, IWM North will present Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War, the largest UK retrospective of the artist’s work to date.

Marking one hundred years since Lewis (18 November 1882 – 7 March 1957) was first commissioned as an official war artist in 1917, the exhibition will comprise of more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections. Staged in Imperial War Museums’ centenary year, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War will be IWM’s largest visual arts exhibition to date.
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Exhibition of masterpieces by Victorian painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts – Compton – 28.02.2017-05.11.2017 – 10592

G F Watts OM RA (1817 – 1904), Marie Fox Princess Lichtenstein, early 1870s. Private Collection.

Watts Gallery Trust today announced an unprecedented exhibition of the most important masterpieces by the celebrated Victorian painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)..

Celebrating 200 years since the birth of the artist in London in 1817, England’s Michelangelo brings together the artist’s most significant paintings from public and private collections. For the first time since their restoration in 2011, the historic galleries at Watts Gallery, designed by Watts himself, are being used for a temporary exhibition.

Watts became a cultural icon who championed a new role for art as a means of symbolically expressing the progress of humanity, and as a tool to assist in philanthropic projects. His imagery was carried all over the world through reproduction, making him the most internationally recognised British artist of the age. In 1884 Watts became the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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Major Alphonse Mucha touring exhibition at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery – Liverpool – 16.06.2017-29.10.2017 – 10589

Waverley Cycles, 1898 © Mucha Trust 2016.

Works of art by one of the most influential artists of the Art Nouveau movement is on view at the Walker Art Gallery.

This major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) around the theme of beauty. The Czech-born artist rose to fame in Paris in the late 1890s with his elegant designs for decorative panels and his iconic illustrations that featured on posters and product advertisements.

Showcasing 100 works primarily drawn from the Mucha Trust collection, the exhibition includes drawings, paintings, photographs and a rare Mucha sculpture. It also includes a number of key Aesthetic and Art Nouveau works from National Museums Liverpool’s collections, as well as sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), a friend of Mucha’s.
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Centre Pompidou presents the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to David Hockney – Paris – 21.06.2017-23.10.2017 – 10586

 

Le Parc des Sources, Vichy, 1970. Acrylique sur toile, 214 x 305 cm. © David Hockney Photo: Chatsworth House Trust.

In collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Centre Pompidou presents the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to the work of David Hockney. The exhibition celebrates the artist’s 80th birthday, retracing his entire career through more than 160 works (paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings and printed works), including his most iconic paintings (swimming pools, double portraits and monumental landscapes) and some of his most recent creations.

It focuses in particular on Hockney’s interest in modern technologies for the production and reproduction of visual images. Moved by a constant concern to ensure a wide circulation for his work, he has successively taken up the camera, the fax machine, the computer, the printer, and most recently the iPad. For him, artistic creation is an act of sharing.
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Exhibition at MKG Hamburg brings together over 100 posters by Keith Haring 31.05.2017-05.11.2017 – 10578

The exhibition shows Haring’s stylistic development through his exhibition posters. © Photo: Michaela Hille.

Keith Haring, born in Pennsylvania in 1958, moves to New York at the age of twenty and immediately falls under the spell of the lively street-art scene. At this point, Pop Art has already been around for some time. Graffiti shapes the face of the city. It takes Keith Haring only a few years to find his artistic path. He develops an unmistakable style that, with its bold lines and singular figures, has close ties to both comics and street art. Less than a decade as a successful artist is granted to him—a decade he nevertheless fills to the brim with an astonishing energy that can still be felt today. In contrast to many of his contemporaries, Haring understands himself as a political artist for his entire life, one who wants to educate others and reach a wider audience with his art. The exhibition Keith Haring: Posters brings together over 100 posters from the collection of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), Hamburg. It shows Haring’s stylistic development through his exhibition posters; its broader collection of works presents the artist’s wide topical range, with his repeated engagement in support of human rights, tolerance, education, and AIDS awareness. Numerous smaller objects and marketing products that Haring sold in his Pop Shop in New York City act as complements to the exhibition’s posters. Thanks to Hamburg collector Claus von der Osten, who has gifted these works to the MKG, the selection of objects on show is of unparalleled completeness.
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Canaletto exhibition reunites two of the Venetian master’s greatest series of paintings – London – 19.05.2017 – 12.11.2017 – 10569

Canaletto, Piazza San Marco looking west towards San Geminiano, c.1723-4 (detail), part of a set of six views of Venice. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

A new exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace reunites two of Canaletto’s finest sets of paintings, displayed side by side for the first time in almost 40 years. Canaletto & the Art of Venice, shows six views of Venice produced early in the artist’s career in the 1720s, alongside the painter’s series of five Roman views from over 20 years later. Both sets were commissioned from Canaletto by Joseph Smith, the artist’s agent and the greatest patron of art in Venice at the time. Smith’s collection was bought almost in its entirety by George III in 1762 to furnish the newly purchased Buckingham House (later Buckingham Palace).
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Centre Pompidou Metz presents retrospective of the work of Fernand Léger – Metz – 20.05.2017-30.10.2017 – 10566

Fernand Léger, Les Loisirs-Hommage à Louis David , 1948 – 1949. Huile sur toile, 154 x 185 cm Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Jean-François Tomasian/Dist. RMN-GP © Adagp, Paris, 2016.

Painter of the city who bore witness to the changes taking place in his own epoch, Fernand Léger is one of the most celebrated figures of modernity. From cubism to his commitment to communism, Léger’s painting remains associated with a vision of humanity transfigured by the machine and mass production. However, over and above these powerful images, his work is at one and the same time diverse and coherent, free from categories and from movements.
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Fondazione Prada presents “The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied” – Venice – 13.05.2017-26.11.2017 – 10556

View of the exhibition “The boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied.” Fondazione Prada, Venice 13 May 2017 – 26 November 2017 Photo Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti Courtesy Fondazione Prada.

From 13 May to 26 November 2017, Fondazione Prada presents in its Venetian venue “The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied.”, a transmedia exhibition project, the result of an ongoing, in-depth exchange between writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, stage and costume designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann.
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opens exhibition of works by Ed Ruscha – Edinburgh – 29.04.2017-29.04.2018 – 10552

Ed Ruscha, HONK, 1962. Drawing, acrylic paint on paper, 27.9 x 35.2 cm. Collection: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 © Ed Ruscha.

Important paintings, drawings and photography spanning 50 years of the career of one of the most significant artists working today, Ed Ruscha (b.1937), have gone on display this spring at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

ARTIST ROOMS: Music from the Balconies – Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles is the first exhibition of Ruscha’s art at the Gallery in over a decade. The two-room display features various works which explore the iconic American artist’s deep engagement with West Coast American culture and landscape.

The exhibition takes its title from one of Ruscha’s key paintings, which he generously donated to the ARTIST ROOMS collection in 2009, and which is being shown in Scotland for the first time.

The ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the nation. Works from the collection are shared with museums and galleries around the UK and more than 40 million people have visited ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions since the collection was established in 2008.

This exhibition is part of the eighth year of the ARTIST ROOMS programme around the UK, giving audiences the chance to see works from the collection in their hometowns, supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Creative Scotland. Developed with over 30 Associate venues in partnership with Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, the current programme runs until Spring 2019 and also offers young people the chance to explore works by major artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through creative learning projects. Continue reading “Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opens exhibition of works by Ed Ruscha – Edinburgh – 29.04.2017-29.04.2018 – 10552”

Houghton Hall opens exhibition of sculptures by Richard Long – Norfolk – 30.04.2017-26.10.2017 – 10551

Wilderness Dreaming, 2017 © Pete Huggins.

A major exhibition of new works by the internationally celebrated British sculptor Richard Long opened at Houghton Hall in Norfolk on Sunday 30 April. The exhibition, EARTH SKY: Richard Long at Houghton, including new work specially commissioned for the grounds at Houghton, will run until 26 October 2017.

Richard Long is one of the most influential figures of conceptual and land art, one of a generation of distinguished British artists who have extended the possibilities of sculpture beyond traditional materials and method. His work is rooted in his deep affinity and engagement with nature.

The artist’s new works in the grounds of Houghton Hall use a variety of materials, including local Carr stone, flint from East Anglia, tree stumps from the Houghton estate, as well as slate from Cornwall. They accompany his permanent sculpture Full Moon Circle, which was commissioned for Houghton in 2003. The exhibition also includes large mud works in the outdoor colonnades, smaller-scale works in gallery spaces, and historic material relating to the artist’s career.

EARTH SKY: Richard Long at Houghton is curated by Lorcan O’Neill in association with the artist. The exhibition is accompanied by a specially produced catalogue, with an essay by Rudi Fuchs, former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and an interview with the artist.

The show is the largest since Long’s retrospective at Tate Britain in 2009, and an opportunity for visitors to see new site-specific works set within the historic landscape and gardens at Houghton. The exhibition sits alongside permanent artworks by a range of contemporary artists, including James Turrell, Zhan Wang, Jeppe Hein, Stephen Cox, Rachel Whiteread, Anya Gallaccio and Phillip King.

Lord Cholmondeley said: “I am delighted that such an important exhibition of Richard Long’s work is being presented at Houghton. It is particularly exciting that the new works have been created especially for the grounds, with some made from local materials. My hope is that in time Houghton will become a ‘must-see’ destination for those interested in contemporary art and sculpture.”

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Exhibition illustrates the global diversity and effective history of Protestantism – Berlin – 12.04.2017-05.11.2017 – 10539

Martin Luther in the Circle of Reformers, 1625/1650 © Deutsches Historisches Museum.

For the first time an exhibition will illustrate the global diversity and effective history of Protestantism, but also its potential for engendering conflict between different cultures.

What traces of Protestantism can be found in other denominations, religions and concepts of life? How did it change itself through these encounters – and not least of all, in what ways have people adopted and appropriated the Protestant doctrine, how have they shaped it and lived it? The exhibition “The Luther Effect” tells a global story of effect and counter-effect that begins around 1500 and continues on into the present present. It is depicted using the examples of Germany and Europe 1450–1600, Sweden 1500–1750, North America 1600–1900, Korea 1850–2000 and present-day Tanzania.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum is presenting the exhibition in the Martin- Gropius-Bau on a area of some 3,000 m2 and bringing together outstanding exponents from national and international lenders, many of which have never before been displayed in Germany. Supplementing the exhibition are numerous cultural and educational events and fringe programmes. A richly illustrated catalogue will also be published.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum’s presentation is one of three special national exhibitions commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the year 2017. Besides Berlin, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media is supporting the exhibitions in the Wartburg in Eisenach and the “Lutherstadt” Wittenberg. The exhibitions are under the patronage of Federal President Joachim Gauck. The German Savings Bank Finance Group is the principal sponsor of the exhibition “The Luther Effect. Protestantism – 500 Years in the World”. This exhibition is supported by the Museum Association of the German Historical Museum.

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Exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum lets Chinese porcelain speak for itself – Den Haag – 25.03.2017-22.10.2017 – 10523

Fles met het karakter Shou (lang leven), Chinees porselein, 1522-1566.

Elegant brushstrokes with an instant appeal to the imagination: Chinese characters have something truly magical about them. Not only because of their intrinsic beauty –to Western eyes at least – but also because of their wonderful symbolism and the often extraordinary stories they can tell. From 25 March, the Gemeentemuseum lets Chinese porcelain speak for itself by unravelling the mysteries behind the characters inscribed on it. China Character is an exhibition replete with stories that will transport you to different parts of China. Stories of customs, beliefs, love, mythical figures and historical events.

Ever since the founding of the Dutch East India Company 400 years ago, people in the Netherlands have been entranced by the beauty of Chinese porcelain. Wealthy Dutch citizens of past centuries were obsessive collectors of the blue and white ceramics, but were often unaware that the pieces in their possession had as many stories to tell as their own ink-on-paper manuscripts. The decoration on them is far more than simply ornamental. So the big question is: what do the magical blue symbols actually mean? Continue reading “Exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum lets Chinese porcelain speak for itself – Den Haag – 25.03.2017-22.10.2017 – 10523”

Exhibition at Berlinische Galerie displays about 250 works from its collection – Berlin – 01.01.2017-31.12.2017 – 10507

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The Berlinische Galerie presents about 250 works from its collection in a richly faceted chronological tour through the art of Berlin from 1880 to 1980. They range from paintings of the late 19th century, when the Kaiser reigned and tastes were largely determined by the moneyed classes, via Expressionism and the East European avant-garde to post-war modern architecture and the “wild” works of the seventies.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the Collection, this is a dialogue between major works of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and architecture. They illustrate the diversity of artistic styles and techniques, and also the tensions, antagonisms and radical shifts which have been such hallmarks of Berlin as a hub of the arts until the present day. As a modern metropolis attracting more young artists from all over the world than ever before, Berlin is still caught up in the constant whirl of new departures.

Significant works, key artists and styles
In the Fine Arts, there are paintings and sculptures by great artists such as Max Liebermann, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Naum Gabo and Wolf Vostell. There is also a chance to discover works by lesser-known protagonists of Impressionism, Expressionism, the East European avantgarde, New Objectivity, Art Informel and the figurative art of the 1960s and 1970s. We make a special effort to recall those artists who had slipped into oblivion as a result of the two World Wars and, in particular, the repression suffered by art and artists during the Nazi regime, such as Felix Nussbaum, Hannah Höch and Werner Heldt.

The Berlinische Galerie boasts one of Germany’s major collections of artistic Photography, reflecting the significant role Berlin played in the medium’s history from about 1900 until 1980. On display at the moment are early street photographs from around 1900 (Heinrich Zille), modernist works from the 1920s (Steffi Brandl, Fritz Brill), photojournalism of the same period (Erich Salomon, Felix H. Man), Nazi propaganda images from the magazine “Volk und Welt”, pictures of the aftermath of World War II (Yevgeni Khaldei and Ivan Mikhailovitch Shagin), “subjective photography” from the 1950s (Fritz Kühn) and the young movement of Autorenfotografie in the 1970s (Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer).

Highlights in the collection of Prints and Drawings include a considerable volume of output from Dada (Hannah Höch and others), New Objectivity (Jeanne Mammen, Gertrude Sandmann) and the post-war period from 1945 (Hans Uhlmann, Werner Heldt). While a major show on Jeanne Mammen is planned for 2017, others such as Gertrude Sandmann and Hans Uhlmann convey a sense of the difficult years between 1933 and 1945, and the drawings by Werner Heldt are tinged with the melancholy of reconstruction after 1945.

Apart from the model of the Star Church (designed in 1921/1922 by Otto Bartning) and the films and photographs recording projects of the 1930s (Hermann Kaspar, Albert Speer), the Architecture collection offers plans, sketches, photographs and models to illustrate important schemes and buildings in Berlin during the period known as post-war modernism (1950s to early 1970s).

The Artists’ Archives, full of catalogues, magazines, historical photographs and sales records, trace early approaches to publicising modern art. Beginning with the pioneering exhibitions of the Berlin Secession, the pathway leads to the revolutionary ethos of the Weimar Republic. Innovative strategies such as postcards created by artists, published by Herwarth Walden for his gallery Der Sturm, can be explored alongside exhibition guides by the Novembergruppe designed to reach a new audience.

Temporary displays
Individual works in the Presentation from the Collection are replaced at irregular intervals because they also have a role to play as loans. Besides, photographs and prints that are particularly sensitive to light are switched over on grounds of conservation. To find out what is currently on display, consult Collection Online on our website www.berlinischegalerie.de.

To mark the Month of Photography, one room has been devoted to Erich Salomon (01.10.2016–28.02.2017). He was one of the best-known pictorial journalists of the 1920s, not to mention one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. The second Thomas Friedrich Scholarship has been used to explore “The unknown Erich Salomon” and unearth new aspects of his self-marketing techniques, which are set out here.

The drawings on temporary display include five from Hans Uhlmann’s Tegel sketchbook: they depict wire heads, designs for sculptures he made secretly in the years 1935-1945. He kept the sketchbook in prison in 1933-1935. Uhlmann had been arrested for distributing antifascist leaflets and was sent down for “preparing acts of high treason” (02.06–05.12.2016).

Until May 2017, photographs, drawings and models will change at regular intervals to highlight the work of the following architects and partnerships as examples of post-war modernism in Berlin during the 1960s and early 1970s: Candilis-Josic-Woods and Schiedhelm, Rolf Gutbrod and Frei Otto, Sergius Ruegenberg. The displays will include the plans for the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Centre Pompidou in Paris (competition entry, 2nd Prize, not implemented) and the German Pavilion for EXPO 67 in Montreal (designs and implementation).

Artists (selected): Otto Bartning, Max Beckmann, Rudolf Belling, Steffi Brandl, Fritz Brill, Candilis-Josic-Woods and Schiedhelm, Robert Capa, Otto Dix, Rainer Fetting, Naum Gabo, Rolf Gutbrod and Frei Otto, Werner Heldt, Hannah Höch, Hermann Kaspar, Yevgeny Khaldei, Oskar Kokoschka, Fritz Kühn, Max Liebermann, Walter Leistikow, Jeanne Mammen, Ludwig Meidner, Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer, Felix Nussbaum, Iwan Puni, Sergius Ruegenberg, Erich Salomon, Gertrude Sandmann, Iwan Michailowitsch Schagin, Eugen Schönebeck, Fred Thieler, Hans Uhlmann, Wolf Vostell, Julie Wolfthorn, Anton von Werner, Heinrich Zille.