Lyonel Feininger in Germany, 25 years later
From October 27, 2023 to February 18, 2024, the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt presents the first major retrospective in Germany in over twenty-five years of Lyonel Feininger, one of the key figures of German Expressionism.
Source: Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt · Image: Lyonel Feininger, “Self Portrait”, 1915, Oil on linen, 100.3 x 80 cm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund, 2014.756, Photo © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Work of Art © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
Curated by Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer, the exhibition includes a comprehensive and surprising overview of the artist’s creative work. Feininger is famous for his paintings of buildings, crystalline architectures in unmistakable monumentality, and harmonious colors. The exhibition presents main works which are seldom on view and also little-known series like the artist’s recently rediscovered photographs.
Although the Schirn retrospective is the artist’s first in Germany in a quarter of a century, the artist has been the subject of several major exhibitions in the United States in relatively recent times, including the Whitney Museum’s major retrospective (30 June – 16 October 2011), and an exhibition of his photographs at the Getty Museum (25 October 2011 – 11 March 2012).
In addition, next November 9, 2023, the Schirn Kunsthalle will present the first comprehensive overview of the work of John Akomfrah (b. 1957), which to date is still relatively unknown in Germany. His oeuvre critically examines colonial pasts, global migration, and the climate crisis. The starting point of the Schirn’s extensive presentation is a new immersive multiscreen installation.