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