BerlinMax Beckmann in Dialogue: Cecily Brown, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Dana Schutz
Max Beckmann’s Walküre (“Valkyrie”) is exemplary of the dialogue this exhibition stages. One of the first works he painted after arriving in the United States in 1948, it depicts Beckmann’s first wife Minna Tube, who was an opera singer, as the lead in Wagner’s opera Walküre. The eponymous painting of a warrior opera singer was an emancipated portrait of a woman for the time.
United States-based artists Cecily Brown, Ella Kruglyanskaya and Dana Schutz, who have each been great admirers of Max Beckmann since the beginning of their careers, respond here to the work of that “most German of all painters,” as Beckmann was often called abroad. We are incredibly grateful to the institutional and private collection loans that have made this dialogue between Beckmann and three of the most exciting painters working today possible.
Shortly after his arrival in the United States, Max Beckmann wrote his Three Letters to a Woman Painter, which he delivered to the students of Stephens College in Missouri. Here, three women painters, two generations later, pen a response.
This dialogue is particularly compelling as Beckmann’s influence is not overtly apparent in Brown, Kruglyanskaya and Schutz’s work and each approaches his oeuvre in ways as dramatically distinct as their own practices.
The exhibition is co-organized with Dr. Siegfried Gohr, the former Director of Cologne’s Ludwig Museum and curator of numerous institutional Max Beckmann exhibitions. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Snoeck Publishing with texts by Siegfried Gohr, Camila McHugh and Helene Hegemann and acknowledgements from Nicole Hackert.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)