The Städel Museum devoted a major exhibition to the lifework of one of the most prominent German Expressionists, Emil Nolde (1867–1956). Although Nolde’s oeuvre has already been represented in numerous special thematic exhibitions, the last retrospective to pay tribute to his work in Germany took place twenty-five years ago. Some 140 works were on view, among them such masterworks as “Springtime in the Room” (1904), “The Life of Christ” (1911/12) or “Candle Dancers” (1912), but also a number of paintings and prints by the artist hitherto never shown outside of Seebüll. Realised with support from the Nolde Foundation Seebüll and many lenders, the show drew from new research findings to provide an overview of the wide diversity of Nolde’s oeuvre. The selection ranged from Expressionist landscapes to glittering nocturnal scenes of Berlin, exotic South Seas motifs, and religious depictions. Arranged in rough chronological order, the retrospective comprised paintings, watercolours and prints from all phases of the artist’s career. A special focus was directed towards Nolde’s early and late work, which past exhibitions often tended to neglect.
CURATOR: Dr. Felix Krämer, Städel Museum
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Felicity Grobien, Städel Museum
SUPPORTED BY: Fazit-Stiftung, Georg und Franziska Speyer’sche Hochschulstiftung, Stadt Frankfurt am Main
Media Partner: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main
Mobility Partner: Deutsche Bahn AG
Culture Partner: hr2-kultur