Kunst zum Hören: Beckmann & Amerika

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Texts by: Ursula Vorwerk Graphic Design: KOMA AMOK Speaker: Christian Redl German 2011, 60 Pages, 47 Ills. Hardcover, with cd 226mm x 226mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2986-4

Max Beckmann (1884–1950) moved to the United States in the late summer of 1947. He would spend the last three years of his life far away from Europe, years that signified a liberating, intense new start for him. The vastness of the foreign continent, its coasts, the atmosphere of its “wild” landscapes, and its big cities all formed a palpable source of inspiration for Beckmann, who had never before had this type of physical experience of space.Working with incredible energy and productivity, Beckmann produced numerous major works in these few short years. From today’s perspective, Beckmann’s independence is all the more impressive when seen in relation to the development of abstract art that was taking place in America at the same time. Beckmann retained his link to representationalism and its metaphorical themes, yet still managed to assert himself as a European painter of international status. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2987-1) Exhibition schedule: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, October 7, 2011–November 8, 2012 In conjunction with this exhibition a catalogue (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2984-0; English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2985-7) is also available.