Art is beautiful but hard work, too

November 9, 2012 – February 10, 2013

In early May 2013 the Lenbachhaus will reopen after a major renovation and expansion. The opening of the new museum is the perfect occasion to review our history, take stock of our collection, test new constellations, present completed and ongoing restoration projects, and critically assess both familiar and hardly known works. The prospect of installing art in an empty building also invites us to more fundamentally reconsider the museum as an institution, its tasks and responsibilities.

The aim of this last show before the reopening is both to prepare for the presentation of our collection in the Lenbachhaus and to critically assess the work of a museum in general, particularly scholarly research and the conservation and restoration of the collection. The Kunstbau will become a laboratory where artworks are unpacked, and their conditions documented. They are unframed and reframed, consolidated and restored, and newly photographed. In some model spaces we are testing new ways to install our paintings. From Friday to Sunday the Kunstbau will be open, and the public is invited to inspect the results of these activities.

We will present several hundred major works and unknown treasures from the nineteenth century, the Blue Rider, New Objectivity, post-war modernism, and contemporary art. Experimental settings and arrangements break down chronological seeing conventions – we begin with heads, dozens of artists' self-portraits and portraits. The classification according to genres mirrors an important feature of Munich art history, in which freelance artists were often condescendingly termed “genre specialists”. The exhibition also offers re-encounters with groups of works by Lovis Corinth, Gabriele Münter, Hans Hofmann, and Günter Fruhtrunk, and with paintings which have recently been restored, including Franz von Stuck‘s “Salome”. Everything will be in motion, and displays will change continually.

Nothing could more aptly describe the aim of this exhibition project than Karl Valentin’s "Art is beautiful but hard work, too". The title speaks of art and all the work it entails while bowing to a prominent figure in Munich’s cultural history.

Curators: Helmut Friedel, Karin Althaus

Title of the Exhibition: Karl Valentin © Karl Valentin-Erben / c/o RA Fette

Works

Lovis Corinth
Frühstück in Max Halbes Garten, 1899
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Lovis Corinth
Die Schauspielerin Centa Bré, 1899
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Lovis Corinth
Franz Heinrich Corinth, der Vater des Künstlers, 1883
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Lovis Corinth
Der Maler Carl Strathmann, 1895
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Lovis Corinth
Die Logenbrüder, 1898/99
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Lovis Corinth
Akt mit Putten, 1921
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Lovis Corinth
Innocentia, um 1890
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Lovis Corinth
Bei Unterschäftlarn an der Isar, 1896
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Lovis Corinth
Frau Halbe mit Strohhut, 1898
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Lovis Corinth
Der Maler Makabäus-Hermann Struck, 1915
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Lovis Corinth
Der Walchensee, 1919
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Lovis Corinth
Der Walchensee bei Mondschein, 1920
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Lovis Corinth
Der Pianist Conrad Ansorge, 1903
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Rote Vibration, 1968
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Durchläufe, 1973/76
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Energiezentrum, 1960/61 (1963/64)
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Umkehrende Reihe, 1962/63
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Epitaph pour Jean Arp IIIa, 1972
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Kreise von Delaunay / Reihe und Kreise, 1958/59
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Orientierung, 1971
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Monument für Malewitsch, 1954
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Gabriele Münter
Jawlensky und Werefkin, 1908/09
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Gabriele Münter
Blick aufs Murnauer Moos, 1908
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Gabriele Münter
Spreufuhren, 1910/11
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Gabriele Münter
Herbstlich, 1910
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Gabriele Münter
Der graue See, 1932
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Gabriele Münter
Blick aus dem Fenster in Sèvres, 1906
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Gabriele Münter
Blick aufs Gebirge, 1934
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Wassily Kandinsky
Romantische Landschaft, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Roter Fleck II, 1921
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Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation Klamm, 1914
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Franz Marc
Blaues Pferd I, 1911
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Franz Marc
Tiger, 1912
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Lovis Corinth
Selbstbildnis mit Skelett, 1896
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Andy Warhol
Lenin (rot), 1986
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Andy Warhol
Lenin (schwarz), 1986
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Franz von Stuck
Die Wilde Jagd, um 1888
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Wassily Kandinsky
St. Georg III, 1911
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Franz Marc
Vögel, 1914
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