Franz Ackermann (b. 1963 in Neumarkt St. Veit, Bavaria) is one of the most innovative and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists. His large-scale paintings and installations, as well as small-format works on paper are characterised by strong colours, explosive forms and an inexhaustible wealth of complex pictorial structures.
For the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Franz Ackermann has created a work, comprising 18 pieces, which he conceived especially for the display cabinets in the study room at the Kupferstichkabinett. Surrounded by historical cabinets filled with illustrated books, prints and drawings which span five centuries and have been categorised and archived according to scientific criteria, his labyrinthine, and seemingly chaotic compositions will create an impressive contrast to the art-historical “survey of the world”. Further information
In the world of sport, world cups or championships provide the ultimate viewing pleasure and captivate the imagination of a global public – most of all during the Football World Cup, held this year from 12 June to 13 July in Brazil. Just as in a ‘real’ football game, the artworks in the exhibition present various match situations and give expression to the full range of emotions in a football match.
Footballers, pitch, goal, animated depictions of play, and even the ball itself are all on show – in paintings, videos and installations, drawings, woodcuts, and three-dimensional objects. While originals will be on show on the lower floor, the workshops on the upper floor offer younger visitors the opportunity to explore football through their own art.
The panel ‘Christ Bearing the Cross’ has already undergone several years of restoration. As one side of what is now known as the Taubischofsheim Altarpiece, it was painted by Mathis Neithart Gothart (called Grünewald) around 1523/25. It will take several more years to remove from the large panel painting the stubborn layer of grime and the overpainting of previous misguided restoration attempts.
The Kunsthalle is now displaying the work in its current, midway state, allowing viewers to directly compare restored and unrestored sections and see for themselves the value of the laborious restoration work. The original bright colours have resurfaced, presenting a whole new aspect to Grünewald’s late Passion painting, a masterpiece of German art. The small exhibition also includes behind-the-scenes information on the restoration treatments carried out by a painting conservator at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. On offer to accompany the display are guided tours and a special Good Friday concert.
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.