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„Max Peiffer Watenphul“

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  • Chemnitz
  • 06.02. – 01.05.2022Overview of dates
  • 11:00 - 18:00
  • Exhibition, Art and culture

A doctorate in law, a student at the Bauhaus, a teacher at the Folkwangschule in Essen and a lover in Italy:

the Museum Gunzenhauser is dedicating a retrospective exhibition to a special artist from the collection: Max Peiffer Watenphul. He discovered his love of painting in his confrontation with the Valori Plastici and with Paul Klee, whom he followed to the Bauhaus. Here he works in all the workshops and develops a completely individual painting. In his sophisticated compositions he combines the simplification of the presentation with objective sobriety. Strict realism repeatedly encounters irritating moments, distorted proportions and multi-perspective forms.

After several trips to different countries such as Mexico, Croatia and the South of France, he emigrated to Italy in 1937 under political pressure and began to delve deeply into southern landscapes and Venetian architecture. In these pictures, his education has a clear effect. Time and again he dedicates himself to the same motives and tries to extract new things from them.

The exhibition presents a retrospective overview of Max Peiffer Watenphul’s extraordinary oeuvre. She traces the persistence of the Bauhaus ideas throughout his oeuvre, but also asks questions about the creation of images, the contemplative delving into individual motifs, and the experimentation with image detail, light and color. In addition to his impressive oeuvre, his many contacts with artists, writers and intellectuals of the time should also be highlighted. Accordingly, the exhibition also tells of exchange and mutual influence with, for example, Helmut Kolle, Otto Dix or Alexej von Jawlensky.

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Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz MUSEUM GUNZENHAUSER
Stollberger Str. 2
09111 Chemnitz

Phone: +49 0371 / 4887024
Website: www.kunstsammlungen-chemnitz.de

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