Lyonel Feininger - Between the Worlds

Lyonel Feininger, Scheunen, 1915, Kohle, Fettkreide, 31,2 x 24,5 cm, Foto: Horst Kolberg, Neuss, © Lyonel Feininger/ VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2016

11.11.2016 - 22.01.2017

Born and raised in New York City, Lyonel Feininger (1871 – 1956) came to Germany at the age of sixteen in order to study the violin. Shortly after his arrival, however, he decided to pursue a career in the visual arts. He enjoyed early success as a caricaturist. The unusual treatment of proportions required for drawings in comic magazines became a feature of Feininger’s mature, free works. He wanted to create his own imaginative world, following neither regulated systems such as one-point perspective nor utilizing naturalistic colours. He assembled his compositions in collage-like fashion, combining different, autonomous studies, mainly of medieval architecture and of ships, discovering countless different modes of depiction in his work.

The exhibition presents Feininger’s entire range in the graphic arts, with caricatures, drawings, watercolours, etchings and woodcuts, providing a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre. The works were selected from the Graphic Departments of Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, and Museum Folkwang, Essen, as well as from two distinguished private collections.

In cooperation with the Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen. Supported by Cary und Dan Georg Bronner.

Thu, 10.11.2016, 7 p.m.

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