2023 exhibition preview

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ITALY / FROM RODIN TO PICASSO – THE RELIEF IN ART / HOLBEIN, BURGKMAIR, DÜRER, AND THE NORTHERN RENAISSANCE / CONTEMPORARY ART BY PHILIPP FÜRHOFER, UGO RONDINONE, VICTOR MAN, AND MIRON SCHMÜCKLE

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2023 Exhibition Preview
Early Photographs of Italy / From Rodin to Picasso – The Relief in Art / Holbein, Burgkmair, Dürer, and the Northern Renaissance / Contemporary Art by Philipp Fürhofer, Ugo Rondinone, Victor Man, and Miron Schmückle

Images of Italy. Places of Longing in Early Photography
23 February – 3 September 2023
Gondoliers on the Grand Canal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the antiquities of Rome: Numerous photographs by Giorgio Sommer (1834–1914), the company of the Alinari brothers (founded in 1854), Carlo Naya (1816–1882), and Robert Macpherson (1814–1872), among others, shaped the image of Italy as a place of longing. In an exhibition comprising 90 works, the Städel Museum will present a selection of early photographs of Italy from the years 1850 to 1880 from its collection.

Philipp Fürhofer: Phantom Islands
13 May – 8 October 2023
Palm leaves, sunsets, forests – at the interface between installation and painting, tropical landscapes by the artist Philipp Fürhofer (b. 1982) radiate towards the viewer in light boxes and paintings. However, the romanticism of nature is deceptive: Beneath layers of paint bursts, questions regarding the existential, reciprocal influence of humans and nature, of capitalist civilisation, and the constant destruction of our living environment are revealed. The Städel Museum presents the artist’s latest works in a focused solo exhibition.

Outstanding! The Relief from Rodin to Picasso
24 May – 17 September 2023
Is it painting, or is it sculpture? No other artistic medium transcends the boundaries of our vision like a relief. This ambiguity has always made reliefs appealing to the most famous artists. In the spring of 2023, the Städel Museum will present a major survey exhibition on the possibilities explored in reliefs from 1800 to the 1960s. Literally outstanding works will be on display, spanning some 150 years, by artists that include Bertel Thorvaldsen, Jules Dalou, Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Archipenko, as well as Hans Arp, Kurt Schwitters, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Yves Klein, Louise Nevelson, and Lee Bontecou. To this end, the Städel Museum – in cooperation with the Hamburger Kunsthalle – is bringing together important works of art from European museums, including the Petit Palais and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lyon, as well as rarely seen works from various private collections.

Ugo Rondinone. Sunrise. East
Summer 2023
Grotesque creatures welcome the public to the Städel Garden. The Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964) will transform the prominent hill above the Garden Halls into a strange landscape. For his group of works Sunrise. East, Rondinone assigned a head with characteristic, highly reduced facial features to represent each calendar month. Visitors to the Städel Garden are invited to come face-to-face with all twelve creatures – and thus every month of the year – and experience the various joys, adversities, and emotions of an entire year in fast forward.

Victor Man
14 October – 4 February 2024
Intimate, predominantly small-format paintings seemingly lost in time characterise the work of Romanian artist Victor Man (b. 1974, Cluj). Subtle influences of the pre-Renaissance period and echoes of Symbolism can be discerned in his melancholic imagery. Amid the Old Masters Collection, the Städel Museum will present an exhibition of works from the last ten years dedicated to the painter’s artistic focus: self-portraits and portraits. His oeuvre reveals numerous art historical references but also represents a unique position in contemporary painting. A fascinating dialogue between history and the present emerges.

Renaissance: The Northern Side
2 November 2023 – 18 February 2024
Along with Albrecht Dürer, the painters Hans Holbein the Elder and Hans Burgkmair the Elder are regarded as pioneers of a new art: Renaissance painting. The centre of this art was the imperial and commercial metropolis of Augsburg, which developed into the capital of both the German and international Renaissance in just a few decades. In the autumn of 2023, the Städel Museum – together with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna – will dedicate a major special exhibition to this art historical turning point. For the first time, a significant number of the most important paintings, drawings, and prints by Hans Holbein the Elder (c. 1460/70–1524) and Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473–1531) will be brought together in one exhibition. Works by other Augsburg-based artists from the period, dating from 1480/90 to around 1530, as well as selected German, Italian, and Dutch artworks by Albrecht Dürer, Andrea Solario, and Hugo van der Goes, among others, will augment the selection. These works were created either for municipal patrons or had an exemplary influence on the work of Holbein and Burgkmair. The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the development of Northern European art from the late Gothic period to the beginning of the modern age.

Miron Schmückle
Opening November 2023
The Romanian-German artist Miron Schmückle (b. 1966, Sibiu) is a very unique protagonist of contemporary art. Growing up in Romania under Nicolae Ceausescu, as a child, the artist had dreamed of other worlds which seemed forever inaccessible due to the Iron Curtain. His early engagement with art history on the one hand and with flora and fauna of distant countries on the other resulted in a uniquely coherent artistic oeuvre.

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Carlo Naya (1816–1882)
Venice: View of the Marciana Library, the Campanile and the Ducal Palace
ca. 1875
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
41,3 x 54,1 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Carlo Naya, Venice: View of the Marciana Library, the Campanile and the Ducal Palace, ca. 1875

Enrico Van Lint (1808–1884)
Pisa: The Leaning Tower
ca. 1855
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
14,5 x 10,9 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Enrico Van Lint, Pisa: The Leaning Tower, um 1855

Robert Macpherson (1814–1872)
Waterfall at Tivoli
ca. 1860–1865
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
40 x 30,5 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Robert Macpherson, Waterfall at Tivoli, ca. 1860–1865

Giorgio Sommer (1834–1914)
L'Eruzione del Vesuvio, 26 Aprile 1872 ore 3. PM.
1872
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
18,1 x 24,1 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Giorgio Sommer, L'Eruzione del Vesuvio, 26 Aprile 1872 ore 3. PM., 1872

Gioacchino Altobelli (1814–ca. 1878)
Rome: Fishermen at Tiber
ca. 1860
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
27,7 x 38 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Gioacchino Altobelli, Rome: Fishermen at Tiber, ca. 1860

Philipp Fürhofer (*1982)
Ersatzwelt
2022
Oil, acrylic and coloured pencils on acrylic glass
120 x 120 cm
Courtesy of the artist
© Philipp Fürhofer, photo: Henning Moser

Philipp Fürhofer, Ersatzwelt, 2022

Philipp Fürhofer (*1982)
Forever
2022
Oil on acrylic glass, spy mirror, LED-tubes and cables
122 x 92 x 12 cm
Private collection
Courtesy of the artist
© Philipp Fürhofer, photo: Henning Moser

Philipp Fürhofer, Forever, 2022

Auguste Rodin
Young Mother in the Grotto (Jeune mère à la grotte)
1885
Plaster
36,3 x 26,8 x 24 cm
Musée Rodin, Paris
© Musée Rodin, photo: Christian Baraja

Auguste Rodin, Young Mother in the Grotto (Jeune mère à la grotte), 1885

Henri Matisse
Back I (Nu de dos I)
1909
Bronze
188 x 114 x 16,5 cm
Hamburger Kunsthalle
© SHK / Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk, Foto: Christoph Irrgang

Henri Matisse, Back I (Nu de dos I), 1909

Pablo Picasso
Violin (Violon)
1915
Painted sheet metal and iron wire
100 x 63,7 x 18 cm
Musée national Picasso, Paris
© Paris, Musée national Picasso - Paris, bpk | RMN - Grand Palais | Béatrice Hatala

Pablo Picasso, Violin (Violon), 1915

Jean Arp
The Eggboard (La planche à œufs)
1922
Painted wood
76,2 x 96,5 cm
Private collection

Jean Arp, The Eggboard (La planche à œufs), 1922

Louise Nevelson
Dawn's Clouds
1977
703 x 997 x 12 mm
Paper relief
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Louise Nevelson, Dawn's Clouds, 1977

Yves Klein
Relief éponge bleu (Kleine Nachtmusik)
1960
Sponge, stone and pigments on wood and canvas
145 x 116 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Yves Klein / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Yves Klein, Relief éponge bleu (Kleine Nachtmusik), 1960

Ugo Rondinone (born 1964)
sunrise. east. March
2005
Cast aluminium, concrete pedestal
200 x 120 x 110 cm
Courtesy the artist, photo: Stefan Altenburger

Ugo Rondinone, sunrise. east. March, 2005

Ugo Rondinone (born 1964)
sunrise. east. August
2005
Cast aluminium, concrete pedestal
210 x 150 x 140 cm
Courtesy the artist, photo: Stefan Altenburger

Ugo Rondinone, sunrise. east. August, 2005

Victor Man (born 1974)
Girl in Love With a Wound
2020/2021
Oil on canvas
27 x 35 cm
private collection, Frankfurt am Main
© Victor Man Man / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin, photo: Stefan Korte

Victor Man, Girl in Love With a Wound, 2020/2021

Victor Man (*1974)
Untitled (From Wounds and Starry Dreams)
2022
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist
© Victor Man, Photo: def-image

Victor Man, Untitled (From Wounds and Starry Dreams), 2022

Hans Holbein the Elder
Resurrection (Belongs to Inside of the Outer Wings of the High Altar of the Dominican Church in Frankfurt)
1501
Mixed technique on spruce wood
166.3 x 150.5 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Public Domain

Hans Holbein the Elder, Resurrection (Belongs to Inside of the Outer Wings of the High Altar of the Dominican Church in Frankfurt), 1501

Hans Burgkmair
Christ on the Mount of Olives
1505
Oil on Firwood
92 x 63 cm
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk / Foto: Christoph Irrgang

Hans Burgkmair, Christ on the Mount of Olives, 1505

Hans Burgkmair
Portrait of Barbara Schellenberger
1507
Basswood
41 x 28,8 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln
© Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, RBA C 004538

Hans Burgkmair, Portrait of Barbara Schellenberger, 1507

Hans Burgkmair
Portrait of Hans Schellenberger
1505
Basswood
41 x 28 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln
© Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Sabrina Walz, RBA C 004453

Hans Burgkmair, Portrait of Hans Schellenberger, 1505

Jan van Eyck
Lucca Madonna
ca. 1437
Mixed technique on oak
65,7 x 49,6 cm
Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main, Public Domain

Jan van Eyck, Lucca Madonna, ca. 1437

Andrea Solario
Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
ca. 1520/24
Wood
58,7 × 57,7 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Andrea Solario, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, ca. 1520/24

Miron Schmückle (*1966)
no title
2021
water colors, Indian ink and pencils on cardboard
125 x 183 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Miron Schmückle, no title, 2021

Miron Schmückle (*1966)
Non saturatur oculus visu VI
2018
Indian ink, watercolor and pencil on paperboard
each 125 x 90 cm
private collection
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Miron Schmückle, Non saturatur oculus visu VI, 2018
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