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Beckmann & America

decoration07 Oct. 2011|08 Jan. 2012

The painter Max Beckmann (Leipzig 1884–1950 New York) lived in America from the late summer of 1947 onward. For it was only after World War II and his ten-year exile in Amsterdam that the artist was able to realize his long-cherished plan to emigrate. He would spend the last three years of his life and career – a brief period which signified an intense and liberating new departure for him – beyond Europe’s borders. In the new country, St. Louis, Missouri and subsequently New York would become his homes.

For Frankfurt am Main, where Max Beckmann lived, worked and taught at the Städel School from 1915 to 1933, the exhibition "Beckmann & America” is of exceptional significance. Loans from private and public collections in many countries – the lithograph series "Day and Dream” dedicated to America, virtuoso drawings, and forcefully expressive paintings, among them three of his major triptychs from Washington and New York – will acquaint visitors with Beckmann’s pictorial worlds in all their broad diversity.

(Picture: Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Backstage, 1950. Oil on canvas, 101 x 127 cm. Städel Museum, Rrankfurt am Main © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011)


07 Oct. 2011|08 Jan. 2012
Holbeinstraße 1
Städel Museum (curator: Dr. Jutta Schütt)
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