Münter steps out of the shadows
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark Showing until: 19 August 2018
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.