EXHIBITION PROGRAM 2020

The new year starts with an exhibition presenting the „Rooms“ of American artist RICHARD JACKSON (February 6 – May 3, 2020). Some of them are walk-in installations, while others can be viewed only through windows or peepholes. The thematic rooms document a painting process which is detached from the artist and expands into the spatial. The visitors become investigators of the previous spectacular painting act and voyeurs of bizarre scenarios.

One highlight is the first-time major survey exhibition FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO (February 13 – May 24, 2020). For the first time, the Schirn presents the contribution of women to Surrealism, whose participation in the movement was considerably larger than is generally known or reported. Featuring some 260 remarkable works by 34 international female artists, the exhibition reflects a diverse spectrum in terms of both style and content. Besides well-known figures like Louise Bourgeois, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, or Frida Kahlo, numerous rather unknown artists from more than three decades of Surrealist art such as Alice Rahon, and Kay Sage also await discovery.

In Summer, the Iranian artists RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, AND HESAM RAHMANIAN (May 28 – August 23, 2020) realize their first solo exhibition in Germany. The trio's expansive installations transport the viewer into a highly distinctive world. They are exuberant and almost baroque, nonetheless humorous, and full of allusions. The artists direct attention toward urgent contemporary political and social topics and question power mechanisms, as well as normative gender roles and the art world.

At the same time the Schirn dedicates the exhibition WE NEVER SLEEP (June 26 – September 27, 2020) to the fascination of espionage as source of current artistic inspiration. With a multitude of artistic strategies as well as unexpected objects, the exhibition touches the ‘golden age’ of espionage during the Cold War as well as the context of media super-exposure.

In autumn, major aspects of Canadian modern landscape painting will be presented in the exhibition MAGNETIC NORTH. IMAGINING CANADA IN PAINTING 1910–1940 (Septem­ber 24, 2020 – January 10, 2021). On the occasion of Canada being Guest of Honour at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair, the Schirn brings together principal works from important Canadian collections, which are on view in Germany for the first time. The comprehensive show will examine and critically review the works by artists around the "The Group of Seven".

Also in 2020 national and inter­na­tional film and video artists will present in the DOUBLE FEATURE a work from their own oeuvre, followed by a film of their choice – on the last Wednesday of every month.

The overview of the exhi­bi­tion program 2020 ends with a preview of the exhi­bi­tion MARC CHAGALL. WORLD IN TURMOIL (February 12–May 30, 2021), which sheds light on a so far little-known side of his oeuvre: Chagall’s works of the 1930s and 1940s, in which the artist’s colorful palette becomes darker.


Exhibition Program 2020

17.12.2019 | The exhibition program 2020 of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

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RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, FEBRUARY 6 – MAY 3, 2020, The War Room, 2006-2007. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Installation view, Richard Jackson: Accidents in Abstract Painting, the Armory, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, 2012. Photo: Joshua White

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, FEBRUARY 6 – MAY 3, 2020, The Dining Room (Detail), 2006-2007, Courtesy the artist, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Guillaume Grasset

FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, FEBRUARY 13 – MAY 24, 2020, Frida Kahlo, Selfportrait with thorne necklace, 1940, Oil on canvas mounted to board, Collection of Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Nickolas Muray Collection of Modern Mexican Art © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, FEBRUARY 13 – MAY 24, 2020, Kay Sage, At the Appointed Time, 1942, Oil on canvas, Newark Museum of Art, Bequest of Kay Sage Tanguy, 1964 © Estate of Kay Sage/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, FEBRUARY 13 – MAY 24, 2020, Leonora Carrington, Autoportrait, à l'auberge du Cheval d'Aube, 1937/38, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, FEBRUARY 13 – MAY 24, 2020, Meret Oppenheim, Venus primitive, 1962 (1933), painted terracotta, glaced straw, 64 x 26,5 x 20 cm, © Kunstmuseum Solothurn / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIAN, MAY 28 – AUGUST 23, 2020, The Birthday Party, 2015. Courtesy the artists, Photo: Maaziar Sadr

RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIAN, MAY 28 – AUGUST 23, 2020, The Birthday Party , 2015. Courtesy the artists, Photo: Maaziar Sadr

WE NEVER SLEEP, JUNE 26 - SEPTEMBER 27, 2020, Noam Toram, Still from If We Never Meet Again, 2010, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Per Tingleff

MAGNETIC NORTH. IMAGINING CANADA IN PAINTING 1910-1940, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 – JANUARY 10, 2021, Emily Carr, Blunden Harbour, ca. 1930, Oil on canvas, 129.8 x 93.6 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Foto: NGC

MAGNETIC NORTH. IMAGINING CANADA IN PAINTING 1910-1940, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 – JANUARY 10, Lawren S. Harris. Lake and Mountains, 1928. Oil on canvas, Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift from the Fund of the T. Eaton Co. Ltd. for Canadian Works of Art, 1948. Courtesy of the Estate of Lawren S. Harris. © Family of Lawren S. Harris, Photo Art Gallery of Ontario, 48/8.

MAGNETIC NORTH. IMAGINING CANADA IN PAINTING 1910-1940, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 – JANUARY 10, J.E.H. MacDonald. The Beaver Dam, 1919. Oil on canvas, Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift from the Reuben and Kate Leonard Canadian Fund, 1926. Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario, 840.

DOUBLE FEATURE IM MARCH 2020, Rory Pilgrim, The Undercurrent (video still), multimedia installation, 2019-ongoing. Courtesy: the artist and Andriesse Eyck Galerie

DOUBLE FEATURE IM MARCH 2020, Rory Pilgrim, The Undercurrent (video still), multimedia installation, 2019-ongoing. Courtesy: the artist and Andriesse Eyck Galerie

MARC CHAGALL. WORLD IN TURMOIL, FEBRUARY 12 – MAY 30, 2021, Marc Chagall, The Falling Angel, 1923-33-47, oil on canvas, Kunstmuseum Basel, deposits from private collection, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Photo: Martin P. Bühler