Guided TOUr

Anders? – Artig? – Andersartig!
Sun, September 9, November 11, 2018, 2pm–3.30pm

All art was contemporary when it was made, but how was it perceived by its contemporaries? And how do we now approach treasures of classic modernism or the art of today? What does the way pictures are presented tell us about the esteem in which they are held?

The Lenbachhaus has the largest collection of works by the Blue Rider artists in the world. Now widely cherished, their creations helped pave the way for the art of the twentieth century. When the pictures were first displayed at Galerie Thannhauser in Munich in 1911, many viewers were irritated, even repulsed. After the Nazis seized power, avant-garde artists came under massive public attack and were subjected to a smear campaign. In the summer of 1937, numerous works were seized by the authorities and presented as “Degenerate Art” in the building along the northern edge of Munich’s Hofgarten.

Four decades later, in 1979, the Lenbachhaus’s decision to acquire the artist Joseph Beuys’s environment zeige deine Wunde (show your wound, 1974/75) prompted a public controversy over the value of contemporary art. The rhetoric of some voices in this debate suggested shockingly aggressive attitudes.

In this tour of the exhibition, we share our reflections on the checkered history of how audiences from the era of classic modernism to the present have responded to visual art, think about how we ourselves engage with art, and learn to approach it with a more open mind.

Meeting spot: Lenbachhaus, lobby
Costs: 3 Euro / p.P. plus admission
Tickets are sold at the cash desks inside the Lenbachhaus, online and at the München Ticket reservation kiosks.

PLEASE NOTE: All art education program only in German.

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