A German Love Story
The exhibition MAKING VAN GOGH will focus on Van Gogh’s oeuvre in the context of its German reception. Germany played a key role in the Dutch painter’s success story.
“Van Gogh is dead, but the Van Gogh people are alive. And how alive they are! It’s Van Gogheling everywhere”, wrote Ferdinand Avenarius in “Der Kunstwart” in 1910 to describe the fascination Vincent van Gogh’s (1853–1890) paintings held for artists in Germany – particularly the younger ones – in the early twentieth century. The largest and most elaborate show in the history of the Städel to date will revolve around the special significance of German gallery owners, collectors, critics and museums for the success story of this precursor of modern art, while also illuminating his role as a decisive figure for the art of German Expressionism. It will feature more than 120 paintings and works on paper, including around 50 of the artist’s key works and 70 artworks by German artists.
The exhibition will be the first ever to take an in-depth look at Van Gogh’s œuvre in the context of its reception in Germany. Its point of departure is a selection of major works from all phases of the Dutch painter’s career. Building on that foundation, the presentation will be devoted to Van Gogh’s significance for the development of German art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Here an important reference point will be the Städel’s extensive collection of Expressionist works. Alongside well-known examples by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and Max Beckmann, the show will also feature artists meriting rediscovery – and on whom Van Gogh had an equally formative influence –, for example Peter August Böckstiegel, Maria Slavona or Heinrich Nauen.
The Städel will present outstanding works from collections in Germany and abroad, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Prague and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Among the highlights will be the self-portraits from the Art Institute in Chicago and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, but also the famous paintings “Augustine Roulin” (Rocking a Cradle) (1889, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam) and “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer” (1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam).
Picture: Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch, Self-Portrait, 1887, Joseph Winterbotham Collection, Art Institute of Chicago
Supported by Franz Dieter und Michaela Kaldewei Kulturstiftung, Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
With additional support from Fazit Stiftung
Media partner Süddeutsche Zeitung, hr – Hessischer Rundfunk
Marketing partner Alnatura, Fraport AG, Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main, Ströer Deutsche Städte Medien GmbH
Find the most important visitor information on the Van Gogh exhibition.
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Pollard willows at sunset, 1888
Oil on canvas on cardboard, 31.6 cm x 34.3 cm
© Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Niederlande
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Augustine Roulin, 1889
Oil on canvas, 91 x 71.5 cm
© Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Farmhouse in Provence, 1888
Oil on canvas, 46,1 x 60,9 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
© National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
Peter August Böckstiegel (1889-1951)
Oil on canvas, 48 x 38.5 cm
© Peter-August-Böckstiegel-Stiftung, Werther
Otto Dix (1891-1969)
Oil on cardboard, 50.5 x 66 cm
© Städtische Galerie Dresden – Kunstsammlung
Museen der Stadt Dresden
Photo: Herbert Boswank
acquired 2012 with the support of Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Kulturstiftung der Länder, der Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung and the Rudolf-August Oetker Stiftung
Woman from the Poorhouse in the Garden with Glass Globe and Poppies, 1907
Oil on canvas, 96.3 x 80.2 cm
Museen Böttcherstraße, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen
© Museen Böttcherstraße
For visits to the exhibition MAKING VAN GOGH the Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main offers attractive weekend arrangements for individual travellers and groups. Further information and reservations: telephone +49(0)69-21 23 08 08, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend that you visit the show on a weekday in the late afternoon / early evening. Take advantage of the long opening hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 9.00 pm. Please purchase tickets online to avoid waiting times.
Owing to high visitor numbers, long queues can be expected at the cashier’s desk, especially in the morning, at lunchtime and on the weekends. Therefore take advantage of our online ticket advance sale offer to avoid the long queues at the cashier’s desk.
Before your visit, the digitorial – the online preparation for the exhibition – will acquaint you with everything worth knowing about Vincent Van Gogh. Available from August 2019.
Our free audio guide for the exhibition is the ideal companion for your visit to the museum. Available free of charge in German or English for smartphones running on iOS or Android (please use your own earphones). Available from 23 October 2019.
Up to two adults can purchase a family ticket for themselves, their children and grandchildren to the age of 18 for 30 EUR. Families wishing to book their tickets online can purchase two advance-sale tickets and will then receive free tickets for their children/grandchildren upon entering the museum.
Be sure to book your individual group tour through the exhibition on one of the remaining dates for 2019/2020.
Inquiries and bookings at Book by contacting the Städel at +49(0)69-605098-200 or email@example.com
Prior booking is required for all groups.
Information on additional guided tours and the entire accompanying programme will be posted in good time on our website and in our Newsletter(written in German).
You will also find further important information for your visit to the Städel Museum under “Questions & Answers”.