Painting in Germany Today

20 Sep — 19 Jan 20

Workshopsituation, Photo: Lea Schäfer and Haydar Koyupinar

Even before the dawn of Romanticism in the 1800s, painting has been seen as the foremost art form in Germany. A nation of celebrated painters at the close of the 19th century, Germany continues to be a driving force in the art of painting around the world to this day, boasting such internationally renowned painters as Gerhard Richter, Katharina Grosse, Neo Rauch, and Albert Oehlen.

Beginning in September 2019, three museums sharing an ardent commitment to the art of painting will present the next generation of important painters in Germany. The Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and Museum Wiesbaden will jointly present some 50 contemporary artists, belonging to the “40-something” generation, in a parallel exhibition showing at all three institutions.

Featured artists will be represented with several works at all three museums. Selected artists are those who are currently advancing painting in the classical sense, as panel painting, or picture on the wall. A list of nearly 200 artists reflecting the diversity and quality of artistic production in Germany was created in a selection process that lasted over a year and took curators into the studios of painters throughout the Republic. The search took place in the classical academy locations, including Leipzig, Dresden, Munich, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin, where outstanding young painters have made their mark.

The first of its kind since German reunification, this exhibition endeavors to provide as comprehensive an overview as possible of contemporary painting in Germany – without content restrictions, but with a focus on classical pictorial traditions and their interrogation. It examines the relevance of this genre in hope of confirming it.

A selection of works will be on display from 14 February 2020 at Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive publication published by Hirmer Verlag, which will include introductory essays by Stephan Berg, Alexander Klar, Anja Richter, Lea Schäfer and Christoph Schreier as well as short texts on the participating artists and a selection of the works on display.


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500 works 53 artists 4 cities
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