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The Flâneur

from Impressionism to the Present

20.09.2018 - 13.01.2019

The exhibition The Flâneur will focus on images of the city as seen by the flâneur. The roaming gaze of the flâneur, the people-watcher who strolls aimlessly along streets and squares, hoarding the impressions gained en route, has proved a fitting gauge of the fleeting, fickle, protean big city ever since the early days of modernism. The flâneur and the city are mutually dependent, for while the flâneur needs the city as the only element in which he can thrive, the city needs the flâneur as a foil from which to derive images of itself, no matter how fragmentary or collage-like they may be. AThe flâneur is both the eye that looks at the city and the eye through which the city looks at itself. For it is in seeing and in walking that the city comes into being.

The Flâneur will formulate aspects of a theme that has been shaped as much by developments in art as by how the figure of the flâneur himself and the cities that he inhabits have changed. To do this, it will bring together works from museums and private collections in Germany and abroad by artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, August Macke, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and George Grosz, in a selection ranging from Impressionism to Expressionism and the New Objectivity.
Photography since the 1930s is likewise a key medium for the urban experience. A second focus of the show will therefore be its discussion of the city and the flâneur as depicted since the 1970s, specifically in the works of the photo-realists of New York and in the paintings of the Neue Wilde in Berlin, whose claim to legitimacy rests on their “reinvention” of the city as a social space in constant motion. Performance, film, and audio-walk all use walking, seeing, and hearing as a means of actively experiencing and defining the urban structures of an ever more complex world.

List of artists: Franz Ackermann, Francis Alÿs, Louis Anquetin, Jean Béraud, Brassaï, Koen vand den Broek,  Auguste Chabaud, Lovis Corinth, Koen van den Broek, Gustave Dennery, Robert Doisenau, Max Ernst, Henri Evenepoel, Lyonel Feininger, Rainer Fetting, Lee Friedlander, André Gill, Vincent van Gogh, George Grosz, Werner Heldt, Karl Horst Hödicke, Candida Höfer, Sofia Hultén, André Kertész, Kimsooja, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mark Lewis, Max Liebermann, Luigi Loir, August Macke, Albert Marquet, Ludwig Meidner, Adolf Menzel, Helmut Middendorf, Tod Papageorge , Ludovic Piette, Peter Piller, Camille Pissarro, Sigmar Polke, Franz Radziwill, Anton Räderscheidt, Jean-Francois Raffaëlli, Alexander Roob, Alexander Rodtschenko, Christoph Rütimann, Carl Saltzmann, August Sander, Franz Skarbina, Rudolf Schlichter, Friedrich Seidenstücker, Stephen Shore, Alfred Sisley, Léon Spilliaert, Johanna Steindorf, Otto Steinert, Alfred Stieglitz, Beat Streuli, Thomas Struth, Abel Truchet, Umbo,  Maurice Utrillo, Jeff Wall, Corinne Wasmuht, Garry Winogrand, Gustav Wunderwald

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, 19 September 2018, 7 p.m.

Header: Camille Pissarro, Les boulevards extérieurs effets neige, 1879, oil on canvas, 66 x54 cm; above: Thomas Struth, Art Institute of Chicago 2, Chicago, 1990, C-Print, 184,1 x 219 cm

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Straßenszene, 1926, watercolour, 37 x 52 cm

Rudolf Schlichter, Hausvogteiplatz, around 1926, watercolour, 66,5 x 51,5 cm

Helmut Middendorf, City Feeling, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 220 cm