En plein air

Seeing, Reading, and Hearing Landscape



The exhibition En Plein Air continues the work of the highly successful 2013 exhibition: ‘Tête-à-Tête – Seeing, Reading, and Hearing the Portrait’. In 2017 the Kunsthalle will present a selection of approximately 50 landscape paintings spanning seven centuries. As with the 2013 exhibition, visitors will also be able to read and listen to poems, stories, and essays accompanying the paintings.


The texts represent 50 important writers, journalists, intellectuals, art critics, and scientists, all of whom have engaged with the theme of landscape as depicted in the world-class Karlsruhe collection, whether those landscapes are natural, cultural, global, or spiritual.


Visitors will discover landscapes of rivers and plains, imposing mountains and forests, deserts, wilderness, and sea – as featured in works by Claude Lorrain, Caspar David Friedrich, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne, Franz Marc, Paul Klee, René Magritte, and Max Ernst, to name but a few. Among others, authors represented in the exhibition include: Nora Bossong, Jenny Erpenbeck, Cornelia Funke, Peter Härtling, Brigitte Kronauer, Friederike Mayröcker, Katja Lange-Müller, Ulrich Raulff, Hans-Ulrich Treichel, and Jan Wagner.

Thank you!