06/03 — 16/08/2020
The MdbK is devoting a major exhibition to Max Klinger (1857–1920) to mark the centennial anniversary of his death. The show places the work of the Saxon artist in a European context. The museum has the world’s largest Klinger collection, including major works such as the large-format paintings Crucifixion of Christ, Christ in Olympus and the monumental sculpture Beethoven.
The exhibition is divided into several chapters, illustrating the artist’s multi-faceted oeuvre. Klinger was significantly influenced by his travels and the several years abroad. The urban centres of Paris, Vienna and Rome played a particularly important role and influenced his artistic work. The Parisian acquaintance with Auguste Rodin developed into a correspondence lasting several years. Klinger celebrated his greatest success as an artist in Vienna and encountered the works of Gustav Klimt. In addition, the exhibition thoroughly documents the artistic influence on Käthe Kollwitz based on graphic works by both artists. Another chapter examines the role of women and the relationship between men and women. The themes of sexuality, love and eroticism run through Klinger’s extensive oeuvre.
The German-language catalogue will be published in early July 2020 at Hirmer Verlag.
The exhibition will be shown in the second station at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (16/10/2020–31/01/2021).