"Making Van Gogh. A German Love Story" 23 October 2019 to 16 February 2020 at the Städel Museum


The Städel Museum will present a comprehensive exhibition on Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). The extensive show will revolve around the special significance of German gallery owners, collectors, critics and museums for the success story of this precursor of modern painting, while also illuminating his role as a decisive figure for the art of German Expressionism. It will feature some 140 paintings and works on paper, including around 50 of the artist’s key works.

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) Der Weg nach Arles, 1888 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. © National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection

The exhibition is the first ever to take an in-depth look at Van Gogh’s œuvre in the context of its reception in Germany. Its point of departure is a selection of major works from all phases of the Dutch painter’s career. Building on that foundation, the presentation will be devoted to Van Gogh’s significance for the development of German art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Here an important reference point will be the Städel’s extensive collection of Expressionist works. Alongside well-known examples by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and Max Beckmann, the show will also feature artists meriting rediscovery – and on whom Van Gogh had an equally formative influence – , for example Peter August Böckstiegel, Maria Slavona or Heinrich Nauen.

Digitorial: https://vangogh.staedelmuseum.de/en/

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