Mün­ter steps out of the shad­ows

Louisiana Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Hum­le­bæk, Den­mark Show­ing un­til: 19 Au­gust 2018

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

The ex­per­i­men­tal Ger­man painter Gabriele Mün­ter has been over­shad­owed in the past by her lover, Wass­ily Kandin­sky, but she is fi­nally cel­e­brated in her own right with this ret­ro­spec­tive at the Louisiana Mu­seum in Den­mark, which ac­knowl­edges her strik­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the art of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury. Tak­ing a present-day look at Mün­ter, this ex­hi­bi­tion is the first in sev­eral decades to un­fold the many as­pects of her long and mul­ti­fac­eted artis­tic ca­reer.

With this ex­hi­bi­tion – the first com­pre­hen­sive, ret­ro­spec­tive pre­sen­ta­tion of the painter for sev­eral decades – Louisiana there­fore strives to broaden the nar­row per­spec­tive in which Mün­ter’s work has hith­erto been seen. As well as paint­ing and draw­ing, Mün­ter was a pho­tog­ra­pher and cre­ated stained glass and by un­fold­ing and open­ing up new as­pects of her many-faceted work, the mu­seum seeks to high­light its stylis­tic com­plex­ity and artis­tic in­de­pen­dence, 100 years af­ter Mün­ter was ex­hib­ited for the first time in Den­mark. The ex­hi­bi­tion is pre­sented in the­matic sec­tions, from the clas­sic gen­res such as the por­trait and land­scape through in­te­ri­ors and ab­strac­tions, to her in­ter­est in for­eign cul­tures, folk art and chil­dren’s draw­ings.

Some 130 works are in­cluded in the ex­hi­bi­tion cov­er­ing the whole of the artist’s ac­tive pe­riod. Many of them have not been pre­sented be­fore while oth­ers were last on show many decades ago. Most of the works ex­hib­ited come from the Gabriele Mün­ter- und Jo­hannes Eich­ner-Stiftung in Mu­nich, sup­ple­mented with rare loans from mu­se­ums in Europe and the USA.

Gabriele Munter, Mar­i­anne von Were­fkin (1909) Stadtis­che Ga­lerie im Len­bach­haus, Mu­nich.

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