For the first time, selected highlights from the picture gallery, the sculpture collection, and the collection of prints and drawings at the Kunsthalle Bremen will be presented to a Spanish audience. The focus will be on the art of Germany and France from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. In several sections, the works of German and French artists will engage in an artistic discourse ranging from the Romantic era to Impressionism, Late Impressionism, the artist colony at Worpswede, and Expressionism.
In the show, paintings by the Romantic artists Caspar David Friedrich and Eugène Delacroix confront each other. Works by French Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir will be seen alongside the so-called “triumvirate” of German Impressionism: Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth, and Max Slevogt. Vincent van Gogh’s Field with Poppies recalls the major dispute that rocked Bremen in 1911. Painters at the artist colony Worpswede and the Bremen artist Paula Modersohn-Becker spearheaded the move toward modernism in German art. The grand finale is formed by the artists of Der Blaue Reiter, Die Brücke, and the maverick Max Beckmann. Their counterparts were primarily André Masson and Pablo Picasso – the Spaniard who played such a major role in French art.
The motivation for the wide-ranging presentation of these masterpieces in Spain is the Icons exhibition that is being held simultaneously at the Kunsthalle Bremen, and which will take up the entire museum. During the Icons show, the collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen will not be on display.
Exhibition organized by the Kunsthalle Bremen and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Christoph Grunenberg, Director Kunsthalle Bremen and Petra Joos, Curator Guggenheim Museum Bilbao