With its multitude of new artistic styles Classical Modernism has been a source of inspiration for successive generations of artists. In the early 20th century the avant garde paved the way for a more liberal treatment of colour, line and perspective, and drafted models for the shaping of a new community. A number of artists, however, have critically examined the legacy of Modernism and questioned the treatment of the body, gender, and identity.
These positive and critical impulses are reflected in the new presentation of the 13 rooms of Classical Modernism, in which some 120 works meet 80 contemporary artworks from the Sammlung Goetz. In the process, the presentation of paintings has been widened to include other media such as photography, sculpture and works on paper, as well as textile art, some objects being exhibited for the first time.