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August Macke

Paradise! Paradise?

30 Oct — 14 Feb 21

August Macke, tightrope walker, 1914, Kunstmuseum Bonn. Photo: Bonn Art Museum

August Macke (1887-1914), one of the most important German expressionists at the beginning of the 20th century, lost his life at the age of 27 in the First World War. After the war, his wife Elisabeth organized the August Macke Memorial Exhibition from her late husband’s estate including over 160 works.

The exhibition took place at Museum Wiesbaden in autumn 1920. To mark the 100th anniversary of this comprehensive retrospective, Museum Wiesbaden, in close cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Bonn, presents August Macke in all his diversity. The exhibition takes visitors through the stages of Macke's stylistic development. Starting from the impulsive Impressionism of a Lovis Corinth, who was his teacher for a short time in Berlin, Macke made a decisive contribution to the artistic awakening after the turn of the century through his encounter with Fauvism and Futurism in Paris (Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay) and his membership in the artist group The Blue Rider around Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, founded in Munich in 1911. The exhibition illuminates each of August Macke's creative phases with carefully selected works, as well as the range of media in which the artist worked – from paintings and drawings to prints and atmospheric watercolors produced at Lake Thun in Switzerland, or during his famous trip with Paul Klee and Louis Moilliet to Tunis in April 1914.

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