In the delirium of the jingoism of 1914, many artists willingly signed up to war. Some of them, such as August Macke and Franz Marc, were never to return. Others – Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, and Otto Dix among them – tried to come to terms with their disturbing experiences by producing extraordinary artworks, partly while still in service and partly after their lucky return, but always in a state of utter disillusionment and profound spiritual despair.
A selection of important paintings, drawings, and prints from the Kunsthalle’s own collection will be on display in the Orangerie, in this impressive thematic showing that will run from 9 May until the KAMUNA museum night.
For the first time in its history, the Kunsthalle (founded 1837, opened 1846) is about to become the subject of one of its own exhibitions: BAUEN UND ZEIGEN turns the spotlight on the complex 168-year-old history of the Kunsthalle, its buildings and the collections housed therein. The successive creation of the main building’s four-winged design, the grandeur of the original interiors, the changing state of the collection displays over the decades, and the often overlooked display furniture (such as historical pedestals, socles, and cabinets) will all be brought to life through reconstructions, photographs (old and new), models, magnificent coloured drawings, and architectural plans. BAUEN UND ZEIGEN presents an insight into the history of an institution in constant flux.
Edgar Degas is a towering figure of French 19th-century art. In winter 2014/2015, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe will unveil a monographic exhibition devoted to Degas, featuring samples of his work, spanning 50 years of his career. Built up around a core of works from the Kunsthalle’s own collection, enriched by numerous international loans, the exhibition will examine both the classical references of his art as well as his technical experimentation.
The exhibition will primarily focus on Degas’ portraits and landscapes, but will also include his copies of old masters and his history paintings. The latter reveal a different, largely unknown side to the famous artist.