Though perhaps not widely known yet, the German painter Gabriele Münter should be acknowledged for her striking contribution to the art of the twentieth century. Taking a present-day look at Münter, this exhibition is the first in several decades to unfold the many aspects of her long and multi-facetted artistic career.
In her own right, German painter Gabriele Münter (1877-1962) has not been widely acknowledged in the history of art until now. Her work has usually been seen and interpreted in the context of German Expressionism and with a focus on her relationship and collaboration with Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) in the time of the artist group “Der Blue Reiter” (1911-1914).
With this exhibition – the first comprehensive, retrospective presentation of the painter for several decades – Louisiana therefore wishes to broaden the narrow perspective in which Münter’s work has hitherto been seen. And by unfolding and opening up new aspects of her many-faceted work, the museum seeks to highlight its stylistic complexity and artistic independence.
Much of what Münter created is still unknown, but 100 years after Münter exhibited for the first time in Denmark, this will finally be remedied. The exhibition takes a present-day look at Münter’s work, which is presented in thematic sections – from the classic genres such as the portrait and landscape through interiors and abstractions to her interest in foreign cultures, folk art and children’s drawings.
Some 130 works are included in the exhibition covering the whole of the artist’s active period. Many of them have not been presented before; others were last on show many decades ago. Most of the works exhibited come from the Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung in Munich, supplemented with rare loans from museums in Europe and the USA.
The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau and the Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung in Munich.
Open-minded & experimental
Around 1900, before Gabriele Münter started to paint, she had already begun to take photographs – the first time on a trip to the USA.
Camera in hand, she started by capturing and registering ‘the world’; but soon she began to paint almost every day and continued along that route throughout her life.
Gabriele Münter was an open-minded, experimental artist with an international network and extensive exhibition activities. During World War I she spent time in Stockholm and Copenhagen, where she had her artistic breakthrough in 1918 with her first solo exhibition.
Throughout her 60-year artistic career she created more than 2000 paintings, several thousand drawings, water-colours, stained glass, prints and around 1200 photographs, and today she is increasingly considered to have made a striking contribution to the art of the twentieth century.