In the fall, a century after the start of the Great War in 1914, this exhibitions studies the rich dimensions of this exchange between France and Germany and the range of responses that it prompted.
More than 100 paintings, together with several documents from masters such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Derain, Delaunay, Signac, Seurat, Van Gogh, Vlaminck… on the French side and Heckel, Jawlenski, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Nolde, Pechstein, Schmidt-Rottluff… on the German side, will be seen at the MMFA.
Despite German artists' exposure to and engagement with French art, "Expressionism" has come to be considered distinctly German. However, in its early twentieth-century beginnings, Expressionism was assigned no specific nationality, and it evolved as a lively exchange between artists based in Germany and new developments in modern French art. German Expressionism and France will demonstrate the rich dimensions of this exchange and the range of responses that it prompted.
This exhibition will feature works that the Expressionists encountered in exhibitions and collections in Germany and during their travels to Paris, showcasing French masterpieces once seen at important exhibition venues like Paul Cassirer's gallery in Berlin, Emil Richter's gallery in Dresden, the Berlin Secession, and the Sonderbund in Cologne of 1912. It will also include works that once were part of important early twentieth-century German private collections of French art such as Kessler for example.
Co-organized by the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Los Angeles County Museum in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
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