Exhibitions / Past / 2012


27 June to 23 September 2012, Department of Prints and Drawings and Metzler-Foyer


From 27 June to 23 September 2012, the Städel Museum showed the exhibition "Painting in Photography. Strategies of Appropriation.” The comprehensive presentation highlighted the influence of painting on the imagery produced by contemporary photographic art. Based on the museum’s own collection and including important loans from the DZ Bank Kunstsammlung as well as international private collections and galleries, the exhibition at the Städel centered on about 60 examples, among them major works by László Moholy-Nagy, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall, and Amelie von Wulffen. Whereas the influence of the medium of photography on the "classic genres of art” has already been the subject of analysis in numerous exhibitions and publications, less attention has been paid to the impact of painting on contemporary photography to date. The show at the Städel explored the reflection of painting in the photographic image by pursuing various artistic strategies of appropriation which had one thing in common: they rejected the general expectation held about photography that it will document reality in an authentic way

Curators: Dr. Martin Engler (Head of the Collection of Contemporary Art), Carolin Köchling (Curatorial Assistant, Collection of Contemporary Art)

With support from: Museumskooperationspool der Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Publication supported by: DZ BANK, Georg und Franziska Speyer’sche Hochschulstiftung

Media partners: Journal Frankfurt, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main

8 March to 28 May 2012, Department of Prints and Drawings


In the exhibition "The Liberation of Sight. The Art of Drawing from Kobell to Corinth from the Städel Museum”, the Städel Department of Prints and Drawings showed German drawings of the nineteenth century. The Städel Museum’s rich collection of drawings from that period were featured in a selection of some one hundred outstanding works by fifty-two artists. The selection mirrored the entire breadth and diversity of the Prints and Drawings Department holdings from that multifaceted epoch, which encompassed such widely differing styles as Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Naturalism and Realism and even the beginnings of Modernism. The spectrum ranges from such artists as Wilhelm von Kobell, Josef Anton Koch, Carl Philipp Fohr, Carl Blechen, Carl Rottmann, Carl Morgenstern, Moritz von Schwind, Hans von Marées, Wilhelm Leibl, Adolf von Menzel, Max Liebermann and Wilhelm Busch to those already quite modernist in their approaches, for example Max Klinger, Ferdinand Hodler, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Lovis Corinth and Käthe Kollwitz. At the same time, the show spaned the various forms of graphic production from the sketchbook page, the preliminary study for a painting and the large-scale fresco cartoon to the highly developed and coloured drawing conceived as an artwork in its own right.

Curator: Dr. Marianne von Manstein

Sponsored by: Stiftung Gabriele Busch-Hauck

Mediea partners: Frankfurter Rundschau, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main

Cultural partner: hr2-kultur

3 February to 6 May 2012, Exhibitionhall


The Städel Museum in Frankfurt showcases the work of Claude Lorrain (c. 1600–1682), one of the most important landscape painters of the seventeenth century, in a monographic exhibition, the first in Germany since 1983. The show "Claude Lorrain. The Enchanted Landscape” presented about one hundred and thirty works from all phases of the important French Baroque artist’s production. Based on the most recent results of scientific research, the comprehensive exhibition comprised a high-caliber selection of paintings as well as Claude Lorrain’s unique drawings and printed works. Loans were made available by the British Museum and the National Gallery in London, the Petit Palais in Paris, and the Museum of Prints and Drawings in Berlin, among others. Developed together with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the presentation highlights Lorrain as a highly reflected artist producing outstanding and original works in each of the three media.

Curators: Dr. Martin Sonnabend (Städel Museum), Dr. Jon Whiteley (Ashmolean Museum) 

Sponsored by: J.P. Morgan
Media partners: Frankfurter Rundschau, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main

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