Städel’s
Beckmann
Beckmann’s
Städel

Extended until 6/6/2021

The Frankfurt Years

Max Beckmann spent the longest and most important phase of his life in Frankfurt am Main. It was here that, between 1915 and 1933, he developed to become an artist of international standing. The Städel Museum began collecting his works early on. The exhibition highlights its latest Beckmann acquisition, the „Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass“ – a programmatic example of the artist’s intensive preoccupation with the self-portrait genre.

Presentation

About the Special Presentation

Max Beckmann (1884 –1950) is associated with Frankfurt and the Städel Museum like scarcely any other artist, where he produced a large share of his most important works and developed his characteristic style. The Städel Museum has been dedicated to collecting and studying his oeuvre for more than a century. It has continually acquired works by the artist since 1918 and today has one of the world’s most extensive Beckmann collections to call its own.

One of the artist’s most well-known and most important works, the “Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass (1919)”, has recently been secured for the Städel. This icon of modern art was acquired with support from the Städelscher Museums-Verein, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States as well as five private donors. In honour of the new acquisition, the museum is devoting a special presentation of selected paintings, works on paper and documentary material to its Beckmann holdings and the artist’s Frankfurt years. The “Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass” will be the exhibition’s centrepiece.

Max Beckmann came to the city on the Main in 1915, traumatized by his experiences as a medical orderly in World War I. In 1925, the city appointed him head of a master class at the municipal school of arts and crafts. Numerous views of Frankfurt, self-portraits and portraits of friends and acquaintances testify to his close ties to the city. During his Frankfurt phase, his works were presented here in eighteen solo and group exhibitions, and in 1929, the city awarded him its Grand Prize of Honour. After the National Socialists came to power in 1933, Beckmann was dismissed from his teaching position and compelled to leave Frankfurt. In 1933, vilified as a “degenerate artist”, he fled to Amsterdam. He died in New York in 1950.

Picture: Max Beckmann, Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, joint property with the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung and the Federal Republic of Germany

Curators: Dr Alexander Eiling (Head of the Collection of Modern Art, Städel Museum), Dr Regina Freyberger (Head of the Collection of Prints and Drawings from 1750, Städel Museum)
Documentation: Dr Iris Schmeisser (Head of Provenance Research and the Historical Archives, Städel Museum)

Gallery

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    Max Beckmann, The Synagogue in Frankfurt am Main, 1919

    Max Beckmann (1884–1950)
    The Synagogue in Frankfurt am Main, 1919
    Oil on canvas
    89,8 × 140,4 cm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    Photo: Städel Museum

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    Mathilde Q. Beckmann, Max Beckmann going for a walk, 1926

    Mathilde Q. Beckmann

    Max Beckmann going for a walk, 1926
    Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München
    Max Beckmann Archive
    Max Beckmann Estates

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    Max Beckmann, Evening (Self-Portrait with the Battenbergs), 1916

    Max Beckmann (1884–1950)

    Evening (Self-Portrait with the Battenbergs), 1916
    Print: 299 × 246 mm
    Dry-point etching on Vergé paper
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    Photo: Städel Museum

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    Max Beckmann, Portrait of Carl Couple, 1918

    Max Beckmann (1884–1950)

    Portrait of Carl Couple, 1918
    65.5 x 55.0 x 2.5 cm
    Oil on canvas
    On permanent loan from a private collector
    Photo: Städel Museum

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    Max Beckmann, The Circus Carriage, 1940

    Max Beckmann (1884–1950)

    The Circus Carriage, 1940
    86.3 x 118.5 cm
    Oil on canvas
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    Photo: Städel Museum – U. Edelmann

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    Max Beckmann, Der Nachhauseweg, from "Hell", 1919

    Max Beckmann (1884–1950)
    Der Nachhauseweg, from: Hell, 1919
    Lithograph
    733 × 488 mm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    Photo: Städel Museum

Catalogue

Catalogue

  • Catalogue

The catalogue for the exhibition „Städel’s Beckmann / Beckmann’s Städel. The Frankfurt Years“. This catalogue is in German and English.

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