Women explores the role of the female figure in the works of three influential artists of the 20th century bringing together 92 works from international institutions. The show will set aside familiar cliches about the artists' private lives and their relationships to women to allow for a more dispassionate analysis.
curated by Carla Schulz-Hoffmann
In March 2012, Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne will host the first major exhibition exploring the role of the female figure in the works of three of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
“Women. Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning” will bring together 92 works from international institutions such as the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris as well as loans from private collections which have never been on public display before. The Pinakothek der Moderne, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012, holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Max Beckmann works in the world.
This landmark exhibition will shed new light on the work of Beckmann, Picasso and de Kooning by exploring the role attributed to women in their art. The show will set aside familiar clichés about the artists’ private lives and their relationships to women to allow for a more dispassionate analysis of the female figure as a subject matter in their work. In doing so, women become more than mere projections of male fantasies and desires and instead gain an extraordinary significance of their own. In the work of Picasso, for instance, women often act as a mirror for the problems and turmoils of his time, whereas in Beckmann’s work the female figure seems to represent otherworldly freedom which contrasts with the stark realities of the world around him. The exhibition will bring together some of the most exceptional portraits of women painted by the three artists and place them in dialogue with one another.
Curator, Carla Schulz-Hoffmann explains, "Unlike common views and interpretations in art history, the works of Picasso, Beckmann and de Kooning represent free and emancipated women. Their works show the power of art: they still do provoke us today where pornographic images are part of our visual culture. This means that the works reach us on a deeper level and show the strength of art."
Lenders and Catalogue
This exhibition of 92 paintings consists of works from major international museums including The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Saint Louis Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Tate Gallery, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d‘Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Kunstmuseum Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, and private collections.
A comprehensively illustrated, interdisciplinary catalogue in German and English will also be published, and will contain contributions by Siri Hustvedt, Richard Shiff, Feridun Zaimoğlu, Uwe M. Schneede, Michael Köhlmeier, Doris Dörrie and Carla Schulz-Hofmann.
In support of the exhibition, there will be a extensive programme of events and art education. In presenting the “Women” exhibition and programme, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen has carved a new path. New and innovative concepts will be created in collaboration with the chair of Pedagogics of Art at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. Under the supervision of academics from the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, students will not only take part in workshops, discussions and guided tours; they will also create an app to prepare visitors via iPhone and iPad. Visitors will be guided through the exhibition using a multimedia guide.
Agents from the state art collection will collaborate with the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (HFF) München and the Münchner Residenztheater. A series of movies in HFF, Pinakothek der Moderne and in the repertory theatre of our cooperating partners, Audi, in Ingolstadt, will examine the views of female directors and those who have directed women, in the history of sound film.
Carla Schulz-Hoffmann, curator of the exhibition, will on the occasion of her last exhibition for the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, invite Martin Kušej, artistic director of the Residence Theatre, and his cast to two evening discussions regarding the roles of women in art and theatre. Additional guests are Juliane Köhler, Eva Mattes, Elisabeth Schwarz and Andrea Wenzl.
The exhibition is sponsored by PIN, Friends of the Pinakothek der Moderne and anonymous donors.
Project partners: Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Theo Wormland Stiftung, Sparkassen Finanzgruppe, AUDI AG.
Image: Max Beckmann: Fastnacht-Maske grün, violett und rosa, Columbine, (Carnival Mask, Green, Violet, and Pink. Columbine) 1950, Oil on canvas, 135,9 x 100,5 cm, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Estimate Morton D. May
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Press Conference: 29.03.2012, 11.00 a.m.
Opening: 29.03.2012, 7.00 p.m.
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