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Exhibition: ‘The Art of the Frame: Exploring the Holdings of the Alte Pinakothek’, Munich

Exhibition dates: 28th January – 18th March 2010

 

Many thankx to the Alte Pinakothek for allowing me to reproduce the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

Marcus

 

 

Cabinet Frame German, around 1680

 

Cabinet Frame
German, around 1680
Image: Paul Troger, Simeons Lobgesang

 

Golden frame, Auricle or Lutmarahmen Dutch, around 1660

 

Golden frame, Auricle or Lutmarahmen
Dutch, around 1660
Image: Caspar Netscher, Shepherd’s Scene

 

Foliage frame German, around 1639

 

Foliage frame
German, around 1639
Image: Anonymous artist

 

 

The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen do not just own vast holdings of framed pictures but also a huge collection of frames. For this exhibition, however, the selection was not made in the frame depot but solely in the painting depot at the Alte Pinakothek. It is only there in the museum’s holdings that the history of collecting frames and pictures can be traced. Some 4000 frames and pictures were sifted through and recorded, from which a selection of 92 frames was made. This exhibition focuses on the art and history of frames from four centuries, encompassing 16th-century case frames to Classicist and Empire style frames. This presentation covers all types of frame, from highly elaborate ones to miniature versions. Of particular note are the Dutch cabinet and Lutma frames, as well as inlaid examples and trophies from the Rococo period.

Artistic highlights in the exhibition are the frames made by Paul Egell (1691-1752), Melchior Hefele (1716-98) and Johann Wolfgang von der Auwera (1708-58). Frames by and after Joseph Effner (1687-1745), François Cuvilliés the Elder (1695-1768), Karl Albrecht von Lespilliez (1723-96) and Leo von Klenze (1784-1864) provide a fulminant conclusion to the exhibition.

Exploring the holdings of the Alte Pinakothek led the curator to impressive exponents of the art of the frame that originally came from the following galleries and cabinets: from the Grune Galerie at the Residenz in Munich, from the castles and palaces of Schleißheim, Nymphenburg, Ansbach, Bayreuth, Mainz, Passau and Wurzburg, and from the collections in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Zweibrucken.

The picture-framer, Karl Pfefferle, shows the various techniques used in making and gilding frames by looking at selected examples. The exhibition also provides an overview of the history of frames in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen which, thanks to the provenance of some of the works, are of particular interest as well as displaying an incredibly variety.

A comprehensive 264-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition and includes a number of contributions on the production of frames, the depiction of frames in paintings and the history of frame collecting in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. An essay by Verena Friedrich provides an insight into the most recent research on the history of frames carried out in Wurzburg.”

Press release from the Alte Pinakothek website [Online] Cited 11/03/2010 no longer available online

 

Mannerist framework South German, around 1600

 

Mannerist framework
South German, around 1600
Image: Bartholomew Spranger, Lamentation of Christ 1546-1611

 

Ornamental frame in the style of the Rococo Mannheim, around 1750

 

Ornamental frame in the style of the Rococo
Mannheim, around 1750
Image: Adriaen van der Werff, Nocturnal Children’s Swarm

 

Rococo style Ansbach, around 1740

 

Rococo style
Ansbach, around 1740
Image: Johann Christian Sperling, Margrave Carl Wilhelm Friedrich of Brandenburg-Ansbach as a 13-year-old boy

 

 

Alte Pinakothek
Barer Straße 27
D-80799 Munich
Phone: +49 (0)89 23805 216

Gallery hours:
Daily except Monday 10.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 – 20.00

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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