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Exhibits around the world > Germany December 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

On loan from the Guggenheim museums, a selection of 200 modernist works tracing the history of the famous collection. Efficiently advised by Hilla Rebay from the 1930s, Solomon Guggenheim first bought non-objective works; in 1976, the collection acquired Impressionist and post-Impressionist works as well as paintings by the German Expressionists. And in 1991, another purchase from a collector brought the Abstract Expressionists and the Minimalists into the fold. The nearby Kunstmuseum houses contemporary and avant-garde works and large-scale installations created since 1990 by Nam June Paik, Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney and Rachel Whiteread, among others.  www.kah-bonn.de

WALLRAF-RICHARTZ-MUSEUM/FONDATION CORBOUD > To Jan. 21: “Vom Adel der Malerei: Holland um 1700.”
This assemblage of 90 Dutch paintings covers the years between 1670 and 1750, the period of artistic decline that followed Rembrandt’s death and the Dutch Golden Age. The exhibition attempts to demonstrate that this period, which saw works by such artists as the Berckheyde brothers, Jan van der Heyden, Gerard Hoet, Gérard de Lairesse, Rachel Ruysch, Adriaen van der Werff and Jacob de Wit deserves a better reputation.  www.museenkoeln.de/wallraf-richartz-museum/

KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN/K20 > To Jan. 7: “Francis Bacon: Die Gewalt des Faktishen.”
Bacon’s (1909-1992) paintings have been regularly shown in Germany over the last 40 years and are, once more, the focus of an exhibit. About 60 dramatic paintings, including 10 triptychs, of deformed beings shown inside windowless rooms, convey the instability and the vulnerability of humankind.  www.kunstsammlung.de

KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN/K 21 > To Feb. 4: “Juan Muñoz: Rooms of my Mind.” An exploration of the works of the Spanish sculptor (1953-2001). Muñoz’s early sculptures of stairs, balconies and banisters placed in inappropriate places gave way to a carefully organized choreography of statues standing on rotund bases in lieu of feet. Sculptures and installations, drawings and photographs are in the display. “I am a storyteller,” the artist used to say.  www.kunstsammlung.de

MUSEUM KUNST PALAST > To Jan. 7: “Caravaggio: Auf den Spuren eines Genies.” A lot of curatorial attention has been given to the Italian painter (1571-1610) recently, including one exhibit in London and another in Amsterdam (where his works were paired with Rembrandt’s). This show assembles 30 works, from originals to lesser-known paintings that were recently restored, as well as those whose authorship is still uncertain. The paintings, realistic through their reliance on actual models and by the use of chiaroscuro, deal with religious themes, eroticism and violence.  www.museum-kunst-palast.de

SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE > To Jan. 7: “I like America: Fictions of the Wild West.”
Fenimore Cooper’s “Leatherstocking Tales” about the American fronteer and the wild West generated some widespread interest about America in Germany. The exhibit documents this fascination as expressed in the visual arts, including paintings and drawings by German and American artists such as Macke, Grosz, Nolde and Catlin.  www.schirn.de

To Jan. 21: “Picasso und das Theater.” Among the numerous motifs from the world of theater, the figures of the commedia dell’arte played a key role in Picasso’s oeuvre. Not only did he paint clowns, harlequins and Pierrots, but the artist also created a number of sets for the stage. This interest for the theater as well as his collaboration with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes are documented by more than 140 paintings, drawings and photographs spanning the years 1900 to 1926.  www.schirn.de

HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE > To Jan. 28: “Caspar David Friedrich: Die Erfindung der Romantik.”
Friedrich (1774-1840) was rediscovered in the early 20th century as one of the main exponents of German Romanticism. Paintings, drawings, sepias and watercolors are the pictorial devices, combining detailed realism and abstract structure, used by Friedrich to evoke Romantic moods and feelings.  www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

HAUS DER KUNST > To Jan. 14: “Black Paintings.”
With Abstract Expressionism, American artists emancipated themselves from the European tradition. At the end of the 1940s, such artists as Rauschenberg, Rothko, Stella and Newman generated a high number of nearly monochrome black paintings. More than just presenting the works, the exhibit attempts to question the significance of these black paintings in the artists’ oeuvre.   www.hausderkunst.de

PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE > To March 4: “Dan Flavin.” Already seen in London and Paris, the neon creations of Flavin (1933-1996) document how the artist’s simple use of commercial fluorescent light tube opens new dimensions in the perception of art and space. The display includes Flavin’s early “Icons,” or box-like constructions with attached neon tubes, the “monuments” to Tatlin as well as the later works for which the artist used only the neon tubes.  www.pinakothek.de

STAATSGALERIE > To Feb. 18: “Humanism in China: Ein Fotografisches Portrait.”
The display of nearly 600 photographs by Chinese artists provides a well-documented panorama of contemporary life in China against a background of societal and economic modernization.  www.staatsgalerie.de

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