Looking over the artist’s shoulder

Parallel presentation in the Junge Kunsthalle to coincide with Degas – Classicism and Experimentation


Looking over the artist’s shoulder

 8 November 2014 – 15 February 2015

While the exhibition in the main building focuses on the originals by the artist, the display at the Junge Kunsthalle looks at the question how Degas painted. What were his subjects and motifs? How did he arrive at his compositions, many of which seem like cropped close-ups?

A series of large sliding panels on the ground floor of the Junge Kunsthalle invites children and young people to explore the distinctive characteristics of Degas’ compositions and to experiment with their constituent elements. Visitors will see how Degas used a wide range of techniques – oil, pastel and combinations of different techniques – to find innovative solutions to artistic problems. Standing in for the sites of Parisian life that were central to Degas’ art is the recreation of a ballet studio that allows viewers to catch a whiff of that special atmosphere that so inspired the artist.

A small ‘photo studio’ on the upper floor of the Junge Kunsthalle is devoted to the subject of portraiture. Here visitors can style photographs with brush, palette knife and paint and experiment with painting, drawing and printmaking in the manner of Degas. They can create zoetropes (spinning animations cylinders, typical of the 19th century) with pirouetting ballerinas or racing jockeys on horseback, fashion paper theatres with small stages or racecourses and model dancers in clay and dress them in net tutus. Graduates of the Karlsruhe Academy will set up a temporary studio and demonstrate Degas’ techniques.

Visitors to the Junge Kunsthalle should go and see the exhibition in the main building first to familiarise themselves with the originals.



Opening of the Junge Kunsthalle
 Saturday, 8 November, 11.30 a.m.