Caspar David Friedrich
Vincent van Gogh
Alexej von Jawlensky
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Degas-Picasso | Gauguin-Nolde | Monet-Macke. The world-renowned masterpieces of modern art from the collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne - from Max Beckmann to Pablo Picasso - will be brought face to face with outstanding forerunners of modernism, such as Paul Cezanne and Edgar Degas from the Neue Pinakothek. Ten galleries in the Neue Pinakothek are being newly installed, where close to 50 masterpieces of modernism will be brought into dialogue with the masters of the 19th century.
curated by Oliver Kase, Annabel Zettel
Beginning in mid-April, the Pinakothek der Moderne will be making a one- off guest appearance at the Neue Pinakothek, casting new light on the history of the avant-garde around 1900.
The two unique collections of 19th and early 20th-century art will be united in one place, temporarily lifting the boundaries between the Pinakotheks’ collections. The world-renowned masterpieces of modern art from the collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne – from Max Beckmann to Pablo Picasso – will be brought face to face with outstanding forerunners of modernism, such as Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas from the Neue Pinakothek. These unexpected encounters will retrace and re-enact the rise of modernism through a series of direct dialogues between its masterworks.
These encounters will open up broad vistas in time that reveal the enduring traditions and innovative disjunctures in art at the turn of the 20th century. This exchange of views between the collections allows for a variety of encounters among artists and schools of painting that stand in intellectual or direct affinity to one another. Ten galleries in the Neue Pinakothek are being newly installed, where close to 50 masterpieces of modernism will be brought into dialogue with the masters of the 19th century.
The presentation begins around 1800 with Romantic painting, locating the roots of the modern in C.D. Friedrich’s radical new approach to landscape painting. The Romantic legacy of his motifs and world of ideas becomes apparent in juxtaposition with the poetic, cosmic, and magical works of Paul Klee.
At the turn of the century, the presentation links the work of Arnold Böcklin to Max Ernst. Equally a descendant of Romanticism and a Surrealist avant la lettre, Böcklin used his paintings and their new perspective on ancient mythology to penetrate the depths of the psyche. In Max Ernst’s work, mythical figures are transformed into raging »angels of the hearth« and unleashed »brides of the wind«, while ominous forest or jungle landscapes conjure up Surrealistic visions of the animalistic and the repressed.
1The years around 1900, with their great artistic revolutions on the cusp of modernity, lie at the heart of the dialogue between the works from both Pinakothek collections. The show elucidates the seminal aesthetic experience that German Expressionists described in their encounters with the »fathers of modernism«. The impasto of paint, vibrant brushstrokes, and luminous colour in the work of Vincent van Gogh are shown as unprecedented examples for artists such as Alexej von Jawlensky and Emil Nolde. Equally crucial for the Expressionists was Paul Gauguin, whose paintings of Polynesia also made him a prophet of modern art. Depicting a celebratory harmony between man and nature, Gauguin conjured up a world of exotic naïveté and purity.
The collections’ presentation concludes with the catastrophe of the First World War, which brought about an abrupt end to the artistic utopias of the early 20th century and the burgeoning development of the avant-garde. Major works from between 1914 and 1918 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, and Franz Marc offer individual and disparate views on events of the war. This final dialogue extends the cut-off point of the Neue Pinakothek’s collection from 1900 to 1918, in anticipation of the hundred- year anniversary of the First World War in 2014.
Image: Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917), Woman ironing, c. 1869 © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek München
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