Exhibition Programme 2020

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Exhibition Programme 2020

Starting in March, the Städel Museum is devoting the major exhibition EN PASSANT. Impressionism in Sculpture to the question of what it means in concrete terms to translate the qualities of Impressionist painting such as light, colour, mood, movement – even transience – into solid materials. The presentation focuses on five artists: Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Paolo Troubetzkoy and Rembrandt Bugatti. With more than 160 works, the exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the possibilities and challenges of Impressionism in sculpture.

As of 19 May 2020, almost a decade after the opening of the Garden Halls, the Collection of Contemporary Art in the Städel Museum is being presented in a completely new way for the first time. Starting from the central space of the Garden Halls and beginning with major works by the younger and youngest generation of contemporary artists, a history of art after 1945 will be unfolded. Works from various schools, styles and groups facilitate surprising comparisons, perspectives and visual axes between the immediate present and its roots in past decades – an experience of the collection based not on chronology but rather on specific themes. In total, the new presentation comprises roughly 230 works by 170 artists on nearly 3,000 square metres of exhibition space, including recent acquisitions and donations, such as works by Victor Vasarely and Miriam Cahn.

The vast collection and newest scholarly research of the Städel Museum’s department for print and drawings will be showcased in two exhibitions in 2020. In Städel’s Legacy, a selection of ninety-five master drawings by Raphael, Correggio and Primaticcio, Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, Dürer, Roos and Reinhart, as well as Goltzius, Rembrandt and De Wit are put together. This will give an exemplary impression of the character, order and artistic significance of the former drawing collection of Johann Friedrich Städel. In autumn, Dutch Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (working title) will take over and will accentuate a flourishing production of art in the century of the Enlightenment, particularly in centres such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and Dordrecht. There, in addition to paintings and prints, drawings were produced on a large scale and at a high level. Johann Friedrich Städel was also a collector of those drawings. With these, he acquired works of his present or recent past and thus at the same time an art that corresponded particularly to the bourgeois taste of the time.

At the end of the year, the Städel Museum, together with the National Gallery of Canada, will for the first time address Rembrandt’s rise to international fame in Amsterdam in the exhibition Becoming Rembrandt: Creativity and Competition in Amsterdam, ca. 1630-1655. The presentation combines the Städel’s collection of works by Rembrandt, including “The Blinding of Samson” (1636), with outstanding loans from international collections, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, the National Gallery in London, the Museo del Prado in Madrid and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The full list of exhibitions runs as follows:

EN PASSANT. Impressionism in Sculpture
19 March to 25 October 2020

Städel’s Legacy: Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection
13 May to 16 August 2020

Back to the Present: New Perspectives, New Works – The Collection from 1945 to Today
from 19 May 2020

Dutch Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (working title)
1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021

Becoming Rembrandt: Creativity and Competition in Amsterdam, ca. 1630 – 1655
9 December 2020 to 5 April 2021
 
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Edgar Degas (1834–1917)
Orchestra Musicians, 1872
Oil on canvas
63,6 × 49,0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: © Städel Museum

In the exhibition: EN PASSANT. Impressionism in Sculpture, 19 March to 28 June 2020

Edgar Degas, Orchestra Musicians, 1872

Edgar Degas (1834–1917)
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, 1881
Bronze
H. 98 cm
European Private Collection
Photo: © Städel Museum, Horst Ziegenfusz

In the exhibition: EN PASSANT. Impressionism in Sculpture, 19 March to 28 June 2020

Edgar Degas, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, 1881

Isa Genzken (*1948)
Wind I (David), 2009
Mirror foil, c-prints, spray paint, lacquer, tape and metal on plastic foil
198 × 300 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

In the exhibition: Back to the Present: New Perspectives, New Works – The Collection from 1945 to Today, from 2 April 2020

Isa Genzken, Wind I (David), 2009

Yves Klein (1928–1962)
Relief éponge bleu, 1960
stone and pigments on wood and canvas
145 × 116 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Yves Klein / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann

In the exhibition: Back to the Present: New Perspectives, New Works – The Collection from 1945 to Today, from 2 April 2020

Yves Klein, Relief éponge bleu, 1960

Francis Bacon (1909–1992)
Study for the Nurse in the Film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Eisenstein (1957)
Oil on canvas
198 × 142 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann

In the exhibition: Back to the Present: New Perspectives, New Works – The Collection from 1945 to Today, from 2 April 2020

Francis Bacon, Study for the Nurse in the Film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Eisenstein, 1957

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Seated Naked Man with a Lion, 1517
Black chalk on laid paper
146 × 198 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum

In the exhibition: Städel’s Legacy: Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection, 13 May to 16 August 2020

Albrecht Dürer, Seated Naked Man with a Lion, 1517

Giorgio Fuentes (1756–1821)
Indian temple
Pen and brush on laid paper
259 × 354 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

In the exhibition: Städel’s Legacy: Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection, 13 May to 16 August 2020

Giorgio Fuentes, Indian temple

Augustin Félix Fortin (1763–1832)
The Poet Aaron Hill and Three Other Travellers Find Two Corpses in a Burial Chamber in Egypt, 1790
Pen and brush on laid paper
297 × 388 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum

In the exhibition: Städel’s Legacy: Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection, 13 May to 16 August 2020

Augustin Félix Fortin, The Poet Aaron Hill and Three Other Travellers Find Two Corpses in a Burial Chamber in Egypt, 1790

Raphael (1483–1520)
Caryatid, ca. 1520
Chalk on laid paper
330 × 144 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

In the exhibition: Städel’s Legacy: Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection, 13 May to 16 August 2020

Raphael, Caryatid, ca. 1520

Herman Henstenburgh (1667–1726)
Flower arrangements, 1700
Watercolour on parchment paper
340 × 286 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

In the exhibition: Dutch Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (working title), 1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021

Herman Henstenburgh, Flower arrangements, 1700

Cornelis Troost (1696/1697–1750)
Suijpe Steijn, 1742
Gouache paint on laid paper
411 × 620 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

In the exhibition: Dutch Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (working title), 1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021

Cornelis Troost, Suijpe Steijn, 1742

Jacob Cats (1741–1799)
Landscape with Castle in the Snow (The Winter), 1788
155 mm (diameter)
Watercolour on laid paper
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum

In the exhibition: Dutch Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (working title), 1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021

Jacob Cats, Landscape with Castle in the Snow (The Winter), 1788

Jan van Huysum (1682–1749)
A Crab
Watercolour and pencil on laid paper, 18th century
183 × 294 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum

In the exhibition: Dutch Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (working title), 1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021

Jan van Huysum, A Crab, 18th century

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669)
Judith at the Banquet of Holofernes, 1634
Oil on canvas
143 × 154,7 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

In the exhibition: Becoming Rembrandt: Creativity and Competition in Amsterdam, ca. 1630 – 1655, 9 December 2020 to 5 April 2021

Rembrandt, Judith at the Banquet of Holofernes, 1634

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669)
The Abduction of Ganymede, 1635
177 × 129 cm
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

In the exhibition: Becoming Rembrandt: Creativity and Competition in Amsterdam, ca. 1630 – 1655, 9 December 2020 to 5 April 2021

Rembrandt, The Abduction of Ganymede, 1635

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606–1669)
Self-Portrait with Velvet Beret,1634
Oak wood
58,4 × 47,7 cm
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Christoph Schmidt

In the exhibition: Becoming Rembrandt: Creativity and Competition in Amsterdam, ca. 1630 – 1655, 9 December 2020 to 5 April 2021

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait with Velvet Beret,1634

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669)
The Blinding of Samson, 1636
206 × 276 cm
Oil on canvas
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

In the exhibition: Becoming Rembrandt: Creativity and Competition in Amsterdam, ca. 1630 – 1655, 9 December 2020 to 5 April 2021

Rembrandt, The Blinding of Samson, 1636
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