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Kirchner, Léger, Scully and more: the Hilti Art Foundation
16 December, 2016 - 17 December, 2016
After its exceptionally successful exhibition premiere, the Hilti Art Foundation is proud to present the next instalment, titled “Kirchner, Léger, Scully & more”.
From 16 December 2016 through 8 October 2017, the Foundation will be showing 36 selected paintings and sculptures from its internationally renowned private art collection. Major works of classic modernism, including artworks by Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann and Paul Klee are displayed in the new gallery building in Vaduz, which is an extension of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.
Contemporary art is also prominently represented, with works by Imi Knoebel, Gotthard Graubner and Sean Scully amongst others.
The exhibition starts on the lower ground level of the building with a French touch; this part of the show is devoted to an exploration of the human form, and more specifically the female form. The depictions of women by Lehmbruck, Hodler, Picasso, Léger and Laurens show life in full bloom and at its most beautiful. In contrast, Giacometti’s Quatre femmes sur socle (1950) sculpture conveys a sense of tangible sensuality withdrawing into aloof immateriality.
Paintings, and particularly ones by German artists, define the character of the first floor. This part of the exhibition includes four paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the key representative of the artist group “Brücke”. Another focal point is set with paintings by Max Beckmann, such as Selbstbildnis mit Glaskugel (Self-Portrait with Crystal Ball), which is now surrounded by other Beckmann paintings from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
The upper floor is devoted to paintings from 1980 to the present day. This section includes works by Imi Knoebel, Gotthard Graubner and Sean Scully, three artists who applied completely different approaches and techniques, but who all represent abstract art in its most mature form.
The exhibition is open from 16 December 2016 through 8 October 2017.