Portraits in the Department of Prints and Drawings

19 February to 11 May 2014

The Städel Museum presented selected portraits and self-portraits by modern artists in the exhibition “Vis-à-vis. Portraits in the Department of Prints and Drawings”, comprising some 100 works from the holdings of the graphic arts collection. Encompassing drawings, prints and photographs, the ensemble to be placed on view was presented for the most part in chronological order. Temporally it ranged from an etched self-portrait of the late eighteenth century by the painter Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) to a portrait of the American composer Philip Glass, etched by his friend Chuck Close (b. 1940) in 1995. Well and lesser known artists – for example Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Käthe Kollwitz, Hans am Ende, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Albert Müller, Otto Pankok, Olaf Gulbransson, David Hockney, and Christian Boltanski – were represented by works exploring a genre of major art-historical importance – the portrait – in fascinating and widely different ways.

Image: Max Beckmann, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

CURATOR: Dr. Jutta Schütt, Städel Museum