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Pinakothek der Moderne

Au rendez-vous des amis. Classical Modernism in Dialogue with Contemporary Art from the Sammlung Goetz

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.


With Tomma Abts, Josef Albers, Pawel Althamer, Alexander Archipenko, Hans Arp, Francis Bacon, Mária Bartuszová, Willy Baumeister, Max Beckmann, Rudolf Belling, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Georges Braque, Giorgio de Chirico, Lovis Corinth, Aaron Curry, Salvador Dalí, Walter Dexel, Otto Dix, César Domela, Stan Douglas, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Max Ernst, Peter Fischli und David Weiss, Otto Freundlich, Günter Fruhtrunk, Rodney Graham, George Grosz, Carl Grossberg, Hans Hartung, Erich Heckel, Karl Hubbuch, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Kanoldt, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Helmut Kolle, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Wilhelm Lachnit, Jonathan Lasker, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Sherrie Levine, August Macke, René Magritte, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Takesada Matsutani, Joan Miró, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Henry Moore, Johannes Molzahn, Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Paulina Olowska, Max Pechstein, Manfred Pernice, Pablo Picasso, Tobias Pils, Tal R, Anton Räderscheidt, Wilhelm Sasnal, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Franz Radziwill, Blinky Palermo, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Christian Rohlfs, Christian Rosa, Christian Schad, Josef Scharl, Oskar Schlemmer, Thomas Schütte, Johanna Schütz-Wolff, George Segal, Katja Strunz, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Gert und Uwe Tobias, Rosemarie Trockel, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Gilian Wearing, Theodor und Woty Werner, Fritz Winter, A. O. Wols, Thomas Zipp and Andrea Zittel

Like the Expressionists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Huma Bhabha draw on sculpture from Oceania and Africa for inspiration while their focus on the body is from a female perspective. Picasso’s Cubist formal vocabulary, on the other hand, continues to be a stimulus for creative innovations in contemporary art as demonstrated by the sculptures and paintings of Aaron Curry and Tobias Pils. ‘New Objectivity’ painters such as Karl Hubbuch and George Grosz present the ‘new woman’ of the 1920s and Sarah Lucas picks up their self-confident play with expectations placed on the role of the female in her provocative photographic self-portraits. Two rooms devoted to Abstraction underline how the reformist utopias and Constructivist ideas of the Bauhaus, represented by Oskar Schlemmer, Lásló Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers, continue to resound in the works of artist such as Andrea Zittel, Rosemarie Trockel, Gerwald Rockenschaub and Katja Strunz.

Curated by Oliver Kase and Karsten Löckemann

With the kind support of PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. as well as the Herbert-Schuchardt-Foundation, München and the Kunststiftung Ingvild und Stephan Goetz.

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