From September 24, 2011 to March 4, 2012 – Ville Manin – Passariano
Curated by Magdalena Moeller and Marco Goldin, the exhibition consists of over one hundred works (paintings and documents) from the Brücke-Museum in Berlin. Organized according to a timeline but also in a series of almost solo shows, from Kirchner to Heckel, Nolde, Schmidt-Rottluff, Pechstein and Mueller, this is the first exhibition in Italy to provide a detailed account of the development of the movement known as Die Brücke (“The Bridge”), a corner stone of Expressionism. To be held in Villa Manin, the exhibition is the third stage in a long-term project entitled Geographies of Europe, conceived and curated by Marco Goldin.
Founded in Dresda in 1905, Die Brücke was a highly original movement that eventually gave rise to what was to be known in art history as “Expressionism” – the German-speaking world’s initial major contribution to modernism. Unlike the previous dominant artistic trends, these artists did not attempt to represent the various aspects of visible reality in their works but rather they strove to express subjective experience and the individual’s innermost feelings.
The artists in Die Brücke aimed to translate objects perceived “directly and with no falsifications” into works of art stripped of any kind of academic conventions.The movement did not have a specific program. What the artists in the group had in common were spontaneity and a creative flair. Their overall ambition was to transfer innovative ideas and non-orthodox attitudes to everyday life so as to smash the claustrophobic mold of strict social rules in the Wilhelminian era.
Seen together, the works in this movement magnificently encapsulate the early days of Expressionism up to the First World War. With their bold palettes and non-conventional stylized imagery, they have a special vitality and ecstatic energy which still fascinates today, as does their powerful subjective exploration of the landscape.
The Expressionism exhibition documents the various forms of artistic creativity in this revolutionary group. Their radical assumptions and visionary concepts became a significant source of inspiration for the following generations of artists. The exhibition documents all the main stylistic stages, also through documents translated from German into Italian for the catalogue, which will include an entry for each work on show and several essays by leading experts.