Sebastian Gögel, Sentimental Moods, 2005, oil on canvas, 170,5 x 130,5 cm, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Peter Feiler, Boiled for two weeks, 2006, oil on canvas, 105 x 135 cm, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

The Expressiveness of Recent German Painting, Abstract and Figurative

Georg Baselitz, 1897, 1987, oil on canvas, 291 x 291 x 4,5 cm, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

A.R. Penck, Roter Mann, 1972, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 x 3 cm, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.


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The collection.
German art from Kiefer to Henning

June 23-September 30, 2012

Wohin wir uns wenden im Gewitter der Rosen, ist die Nacht mit Dornen erhellt (1998) by Anselm Kiefer is shown as part of the exhibition The collection. German art from Kiefer to Henning which offers a cross section of German painting from the museum’s own collection, supplemented with important works on long-term loan to the museum.

Wohin wir uns wenden im Gewitter der Rosen, ist die Nacht mit Dornen erhellt (1998) by Anselm Kiefer is from the De Heus-Zomer collection and was donated to the museum as a long-term loan. Other pieces in the exhibition by a younger generation, namely by Anton Henning, Neo Rauch, Eberhard Havekost and Thomas Scheibitz have also been presented to the museum by private collectors as long-term loans. The collection. German art from Kiefer to Henning not gives only an impression of the strong painting tradition in Germany, but also shows how the museum’s own collection is enriched with pieces from private collections. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen will be exhibiting some 25 paintings plus a number of sculptures.

German painting in the museum collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen can boast an interesting selection of German art, mainly paintings. Important acquisitions in this area were made during the period that Wim Beeren was director. From his appointment in 1978, he concentrated largely on work by American artists, but also carefully followed European trends. For example, he invited the German artist Joseph Beuys to take part in a public debate in the museum and subsequently purchased his enormous installation entitled Grund.

Beeren named Martin Visser head curator for modern and contemporary art. Visser followed developments in the area of new expressive painting in Germany and between 1978 and 1983 acquired many important paintings. Some of these are on show in this exhibition, including works by A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, Markus Lüpertz, Jörg Immendorff and Georg Baselitz. Works by the second generation of the so-called Neue Wilde are also well represented in the collection including pieces by Walter Dahn, Jiri Dokoupil and Milan Kunc. These artists produce expressive paintings, often making use of classic German themes and symbols. This renewed interest in painting allowed the re-emergence of great stories and saw the return of the artist’s personal signature.

At the end of the 1980s with much interest in German artists, a 1989 solo exhibition of works by Isa Genzken and Gerhard Richter was staged by the museum. Various works were purchased for the collection, by Genzken and Richter, and Günther Förg. A selection is included in this exhibition.

A new generation of German painters Recently, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has paid slightly less attention to German painting. For example, there are no works from the Neue Leipziger Schule in the collection, save for a solitary painting by Sebastian Gögel. In this exhibition, this work, together with a recent acquisition of a work by Peter Feiler, are shown with long-term loans from private collections. This new generation of German artists approaches painting with a new zeal and occupies a willfully unique position, making full use of the possibilities offered by painting, both in technique and subject, whether abstract or figurative.

Anselm Kiefer, Wohin wir uns wenden im Gewitter der Rosen, ist die Nacht mit Dornen erhellt, 1998, acrylic, oil-paint, emulsion, metal and dried plants on canvas, 380 x 796 cm, De Heus-Zomer collection.


Gerhard Richter, Schwan, 1989, oil on canvas, 300 x 250 x 3,5 cm, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.