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Exhibition: ‘European Masters: Städel Museum 19th – 20th Century’, Winter Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 19th June – 10th October 2010

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A huge posting – and another ‘you saw it here first’ on Art Blart!

A simple, spacious hang shows off some wonderfully vibrant paintings in the new Winter Masterpieces blockbuster at the NGV. The use of strong yellow and pale grey wall colour compliments the paintings. Conversely, other rooms have a dark brown and very dark grey wall colour. Some people will like the effect but I found the dark grey a little too sombre and heavy in the room dedicated to the work of Max Beckmann. Overall a fantastic range of paintings, especially those by the German Expressionists and a luminous painting by Odilon Redon. To see them in Australia is a joy to behold.

Note on the photographs: All the photographs were taken with a timed exposure with the camera on a tripod. While this leads to ghosting as people walk through the shot it also adds a sense of the exhibition as a living entity. I find it preferable to the use of flash photography as flash destroys any ambience that the rooms possess. The photographs are in chronological order, proceeding from the beginning of the exhibition to the end.

Many thankx to Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator of International Art, Sue Coffey and all the media team and the National Gallery of Victoria for allowing me to photograph the exhibition and publish the photographs online. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image. There are more photographs online on the Facebook pages of Joe Calleri Photography.

PS. Thankx to the many people who have emailed me saying that they love the photographs, especially to Sue Coffey who said the posting looked superb = it makes it all worthwhile!

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Media opening of ‘European Masters: Städel Museum 19th – 20th Century’, Winter Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein
German 1751–1829
‘Goethe in the Roman countryside’ (Goethe in der römischen Campagna)
1787
oil on canvas
161.0 x 197.5 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1878 as a gift by Baroness Salomon von Rothschild

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Alfred Sisley
English 1839 – 1899
‘Banks of the Seine in Autumn’
1879
Oil on canvas

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Charles-Francois Daubigny
French 1817 – 1878
‘French Orchard at Harvest Time’ (Le verger)
1876
Oil on canvas

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Pierre Auguste Renoir
French 1841–1919
‘After the luncheon’ (La fin du déjeuner)
1879
oil on canvas
100.5 x 81.3 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1910

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Odilon Redon
French 1840–1916
‘Christ and the Samaritan Woman’ (Le Christ et la Samaritaine)
c.1895
oil on canvas
64.8 x 50.0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1960

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‘The appeal of the Städel Institute lies in the tremendous energy filling that confined space. Virtually all of the great emotions that have lived in the souls of the peoples of Europe are there, and all in superb works.’

Alfred Lichtwark, Director the Hamburg Museum, 1905

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One of the world’s finest collections of 19th and 20th century art is showing exclusively in Melbourne as the seventh exhibition in the hugely popular Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria.

European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century brings together almost 100 works by 70 artists from one of Germany’s oldest and most respected museums, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt.

Dr Gerard Vaughan, NGV Director, said: “European Masters presents a comprehensive overview of the Städel Museum’s holdings of painting and sculpture from the last two centuries of European art. This blockbuster exhibition provides a superb survey of the key artistic movements of the time, including Realism, Impressionism and Post Impressionism, German Romanticism, Expressionism and Modernism, and French Symbolism.”

The exhibition opens with a series of large-scale romantic German paintings, including Johann H.W. Tischbein’s iconic Goethe in the Roman Campagna from 1787. Visitors will also be treated to magnificent examples of 19th century French art from Corot and Courbet’s Realist landscapes to well-known beautiful Impressionist works by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne.

European Masters then traces the development of German art, introducing audiences to rarely seen Realist and Symbolist masterpieces from artists such as Max Liebermann and Franz von Stuck.

A major highlight of the exhibition is a powerful selection of German Expressionist paintings, with ten poignant works by Max Beckmann, including The synagogue in Frankfurt am Main and his powerful Double Portrait, all of which have left the Städel for the first time to be shown outside of Europe.

The exhibition also includes a breathtaking selection of Swiss, Belgian and Dutch works by artists such as Arnold Böcklin, Fernand Khnopff and Vincent Van Gogh.

“Exclusive to Melbourne, European Masters provides an unprecedented opportunity to see a spectacular group of masterpieces spanning the dynamic and transformative years of the 19th and 20th centuries. There is something in this exhibition for everyone, from the beauty and immediacy of French Impressionism to the raw power of German Expressionism. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see superb pictures that rarely travel outside of Europe,” said Dr. Vaughan.

Founded in 1816 by the Frankfurt financier Johann Friedrich Städel, the Städel Museum has one of the world’s finest art collections. The collection boasts 2700 paintings, 600 sculptures and over 100,000 prints and drawings documenting the development of European art and culture.

The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series began in 2004 with The Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, continued in 2005 with Dutch Masters from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, followed by Picasso in 2006, Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now in 2007, Art Deco 1910 -1939 in 2008 and Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire in 2009.

This year Melbourne Winter Masterpieces includes European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century at the NGV, and Tim Burton at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.”

Press release from the National Gallery of Victoria website

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Max Liebermann
German 1847–1935, lived in France 1874–78
‘Samson and Delilah’ (Simson und Delila)
1901
oil on canvas
151.2 x 212.0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1910

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Max Klinger
German 1857–1920
‘Portrait of a Roman woman on a flat roof’
(Bildnis einer Römerin auf einem Dach in Rom)
1891
oil on canvas
182.0 x 182.0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1926 as a gift in commemoration of Walther Rathenau

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Max Beckmann room, installation view of ‘European Masters: Städel Museum 19th – 20th Century’, Winter Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Max Beckmann
German 1884 – 1950, worked in the Netherlands 1937 – 47, United States 1947 – 50
‘Female dancer’ (Tanzerin)
c.1935
Bronze

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
German 1880–1938
‘Reclining woman in a white chemise’
(Liegende Frau im weiβen Hemd)
1909
oil on canvas
95.0 x 121.0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1950

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NGV International
180 St Kilda Road

Opening hours
10am – 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Admission fees apply
Adult: $23.00 / Concession: $18.00 / Children: $11.00 / Family: $60.00 / Member: $16.00
Unlimited tickets: Adult: $55.00 / Concession: $45.00 / Member: $40.00
Premium tickets: Adult: $40.00 / Member: $35.00

National Gallery of Victoria website

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6 Responses to “Exhibition: ‘European Masters: Städel Museum 19th – 20th Century’, Winter Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne”


  1. 1 Chris & Pam Knight
    September 20, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Please advise if it is possible to order and pay for 2 concession tickets in advance, for the “European Masters” Exhibition on Monday 27th September 2010.
    With thanks,
    Chris Knight

  2. August 1, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Absolutely stunning exhibition! It’s so great to see an art exhibit on different colored walls rather than the usual white walls seen everywhere. Not to mention that the Daubigny painting is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures, I wish I was there myself to enjoy these works in person!

  3. July 17, 2010 at 1:46 am

    The Stadel museum collection is a truly breathtaking journey through European history (not only arts history), showing some of the most important works of the greatest German painters. I enjoyed it a lot – give a different and quite contrasting impression to the Tim Burton exhibition running in the ACMI at the same time. Both well worth visiting!

  4. 5 dr.mohamed zanaty
    June 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    hollo one of the best art collection ihope to arrange for another exibition best of luk mu regards dr mohamed zanaty


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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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