Parmigianino, Two Lovers, ca. 1527, Geneva, Cabinet des estampes (Georg Baselitz Collection), Photo: Peter Ertl, Albertina, Vienna
June 10 to September 7, 2008 - Department of Prints and Drawings
Parmigianino and his Circle. Prints from the Baselitz Collection
For years, the German artist Georg Baselitz has been collecting the products of printmaking in Mannerist-period Europe. A special group of works within his collection, the prints by the painter Francesco Mazzola, known as Il Parmigianino (1503 – 1540), has now undergone in-depth scholarly investigation and is being presented in an exhibition at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung (State Graphic Collection) in Munich before coming to the Städel Department of Prints and Drawings in the summer of 2008. In the period around 1530, Parmigianino concentrated on etching and the colour woodcut, two relatively new printing techniques whose potentials he explored and expanded by means of experimentation. He was particularly interested in etching as a printmaking medium that would accommodate his drawing style, which was highly developed and is today considered art in its own right. Since for him they held the status of mere experiments, he made only a few prints of each work. They nevertheless came to exert great influence on artists of both his own and later times, in the form of reprints and copies alike. Parmigianino also worked with other printmakers, and an entire circle developed around his oeuvre and was strongly influenced by it.
In addition to works by Parmigianino himself, the exhibition accordingly shows examples by other artists associated with him. The prints from the Baselitz Collection are supplemented by works in the possession of the Städel Museum as well as a small number of loans from elsewhere.
Curator: Dr. Martin Sonnabend (Städel Museum)
Previous venue: Alte Pinakothek/ Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich
(22 November 2007 to 24 February 2008)
March 20 to August 17, 2008 - Upper floor of the Städel Annex
The Magic of Things. Still Life Painting 1500-1800
Dewdrops on dainty petals, light glancing off glass drinking goblets and precious silver dishes, candied sweetmeats in blue-and-white porcelain bowls from China, the delicate fluff of a peach, the pallor of a skull... To this day, still lifes captivate us with their close-up views of objects no longer living but far from lifeless, reproduced with painterly finesse and subtle colouration. However, still life painting was anything but a purely aesthetic matter, even if the present-day viewer tends to perceive it as such. The exhibition "The Magic of Things. Still Life Painting 1500–1800” is designed to convey both aspects – the genre’s aesthetic pleasure as well as its contemporary context with regard to meaning and function.
With more than ninety masterworks, the show spreads out a panorama of the still life’s development in the Netherlands and Germany from its beginnings in the late fifteenth century to the end of the eighteenth century. To this end, it unites the superb holdings of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt and the Kunstmuseum Basel, enhanced by a number of selected loans from other collections, public and private.
Curator: Dr. Jochen Sander (Städel Museum), Adjunct Professor
March 7 to June 1, 2008
Constellations III offers a survey of the paintings, sculptures, installations, and works on paper from the second half of the twentieth century in the collection of the Städel Museum.
While many museums with outstanding collections of old master paintings limit their collecting activity to those eras, the Städel has always seen it as its task to integrate current, contemporary trends into its collection as well. From its founding in the early nineteenth century to the present, this has remained an important concern of the institution.
The Städel consequently possesses a series of significant works of art from the second half of the twentieth century and is expanding this area of the collection continuously through acquisitions, commissioned works, and donations. Constellations III is a continuation of the periodically changing presentation of the collection of works from the second half of the twentieth century and from the twenty-first century that began with Constellations I in May 2006.
Curators: Max Hollein, Dr. Sabine Schulze and Dr. Jutta Schütt (Städel Museum)
Rembrandt Harmenz. van Rijn, Drunken Lot, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Department of Prints and Drawings, Photo: Ursula Edelmann
February 15 to May 13, 2008
Masterpieces of the Department of Prints and DrawingsDrawings, Watercolours and Collages
Due to the high artistic quality of its holdings – which encompass some 25,000 drawings and 75,000 prints dating from the late Middle Ages to the present – the Städel Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings is among the most prominent graphic art collections in Germany. It was founded in the eighteenth century by Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816) and expanded and further developed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by Johann David Passavant (1787–1861), Georg Swarzenski (1876– 1957) and others.
For conservational reasons, works on paper cannot be displayed on a permanent basis like paintings, but only placed at visitors’ disposal for viewing in the department’s Study Hall. Comprising eighty superb drawings, the exhibition of masterpieces is now providing an exemplary overview of the collection’s diversity and quality.
The selected works span a period of nearly six hundred years: the oldest date from the early fifteenth century; the most recent were executed in the late twentieth. Nearly all of art history’s most renowned draughtsmen are represented, for example Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau, Fragonard, Tiepolo, Cornelius, Delacroix, Daumier, Cézanne, van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Kirchner, Beckmann, Klee and Pollock.
Curators: Dr. Jutta Schütt, Dr. Martin Sonnabend (Städel Museum)