LYONEL FEININGER: RETROSPECTIVE

OCTOBER 27, 2023 – FEBRUARY 18, 2024

The German-American artist Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) is a classic name in modern art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating the first major retrospective in Germany in over twenty-five years to this important painter and graphic artist, portraying a comprehensive and surprising overview of his creative work. Feininger is famous for his paintings of buildings, crystalline architectures in unmistakable monumentality, and harmonious colors. However, today’s approach often overlooks the originality and wealth of artistic facets in his oeuvre, which reflects many aspects of modernism. The Schirn presents main works which are seldom on view and also little-known series like the artist’s recently rediscovered photographs.

Lyonel Feininger, Self Portrait, 1915, Oil on linen, 100.3 x 80 cm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund, 2014.756, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

The Schirn dedicates the first major retrospective in Germany in over 25 years to the important painter and graphic artist Lyonel Feininger

At an early stage, Feininger developed a highly individual illustrative style as a graphic artist and caricaturist. In addition to central works from his early figurative phase, including political caricatures, humorous-grotesque townscapes, and carnivalesque figures, the exhibition also illustrates his role as one of the first Bauhaus instructors and as a master of graphic techniques such as the drawing and the woodcut. A particular focus lies on Feininger’s pivotal works from the 1930s and his exile in America. The exhibition illuminates important themes and lines of development with over 160 paintings, drawings, caricatures, watercolors, woodcuts, photographs, and objects that make Feininger’s work distinctive and unique.

Lyonel Feininger, Zirchow VII, 1918, Oil on canvas, 80.7 x 100.6 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Julia Feininger, 1966.3.1, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

To accom­pany the exhi­bi­tion, the Schirn is offering a Digi­to­rial® that offers fascinating information about the artist and his work.

This free-of-charge digital educa­tional offering can be accessed in German and English. For Smart­phone, Tablet and Desktop.

CATALOG

On the basis of over 160 key works, this comprehensive monograph offers a panoramic view of the entire œuvre of painter, caricaturist and Bauhaus teacher Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956).

LYONEL FEININGER: RETROSPECTIVE, edited by Ingrid Pfeiffer, with essays by Ute Ackermann, Sebastian Ehlert, Anna Huber, Gloria Köpnick, Franziska Lampe, Barbara Leven, Achim Moeller and Ingrid Pfeiffer, as well as a foreword by Sebastian Baden, Director of the Schirn. Separate German and English editions, 272 pages each, approx. 220 illustrations each, 24 x 29 cm, hardcover, Hirmer Verlag, 978-3-7774-4178-8 (English edition), € 39 (Schirn) and € 49.90 (bookstore)

EXHIBITION FILM

Lyonel Feininger is a master artist of modernism. He became famous for his paintings of buildings, crystalline architecture and harmony of color. He mastered many techniques – from painting and woodcuts to photography. And yet his versatility is known to surprisingly few people.

The film accompanying the exhibition traces his eventful life as an American in Germany and a German in America and reveals the themes that had a lasting influence on the great Bauhaus master's art.


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26.10.2023 | From October 27, 2023, to February 18, 2024, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating an extensive retrospective to the important painter and graphic artist—the first in Germany in twenty-five years—thus providing an in-depth and surprising overall picture of his work.

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Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Lyonel Feininger, St. Louis, 1904, Published in 'Lustige Blätter', no.26 (1904), color lithograph on paper, sheet: 30.8 x 22.6 cm, © Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, Museum Lyonel Feininger, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, The White Man, 1907, Oil on canvas, 68.3 x 52.3 cm, © Colección Carmen Thyssen, Madrid and © Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Carnival, 1908, Oil on canvas, 68,5 x 54 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, © bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB / Jörg P. Anders / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, The Cyclists, 1912, Oil on canvas, 80.3 x 100.3 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1985.64.17, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Gelmeroda II, 1913, Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, Neue Galerie, New York. This work is part of the collection of Estée Lauder and was made available through the generosity of Estée Lauder, © bpk / Neue Galerie New York / Art Resource, NY / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 / Photo by Hulya Kolabas

Lyonel Feininger, Self Portrait, 1915, Oil on canvas, 100.3 x 80 cm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund, 2014.756, © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Leviathan (Steamer Odin I), 1917, Oil on canvas, 81.3 x 100.3 cm, Private Collection Schweiz, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Zirchow VII, 1918, Oil on canvas, 80.7 x 100.6 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Gift of Julia Feininger, 1966.3.1, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Cathedral, 1919, woodcut on yellow tissue paper, 30.5 x 18.9 cm, Sammlung Freese, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Gelmeroda VIII, 1921, Oil on canvas, 100.3 x 80.3 cm, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 53.38a-b, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Lady in Mauve, 1922, Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 80.5 cm, © Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemsiza, Madrid / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Church of the Minorites II, 1926, Oil on canvas, 108.6 x 93.3 cm, Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, gift of the T.B. Walker Foundation, Gilbert M. Walker Fund, 1943, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Masters' Houses Dessau (1925-1926), Feininger/Moholy duplex, illuminated studio by László Moholy-Nagy, 1928. Exhibition print, Sibergelatine print, 17.8 x 12.8 cm. Vintage print in the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, Inv. No. 6326/1, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Skerry cruisers, 1930, Oil on canvas, 40 x 75 cm, Private collection, Courtesy Moeller Fine Art Projects | The Lyonel Feininger Project, New York – Berlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Dunes in the Evening, 1936, oil on canvas, frame size 48.5 x 77.5 cm, Private collection, Courtesy Moeller Fine Art, New York, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Lyonel Feininger, Manhattan I, 1940, Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 80.9 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Julia Feininger, 1964, © The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 20

Lyonel Feininger, Bliss Building [New York], 1940s-1950s, slide film, 3 x 3.5 cm, Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of T. Lux Feininger, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023, Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College, BRLF.1006.133

Lyonel Feininger, Colored trucks, 1940s-1950s, slide film, 3 x 3.5 cm, Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of T. Lux Feininger, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023, Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College, BRLF.1008.202

Digitorial® of the exhibition "Lyonel Feininger: Retrospective", © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2023