Max Peiffer Watenphul – From the Bauhaus to Italy

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  • Chemnitz
  • 24.05. – 12.06.2022Overview of dates
  • 11:00 - 18:00
  • Exhibition, Art and culture

The Gunzenhauser Museum is dedicating a retrospective exhibition to a particularly idiosyncratic Bauhaus student: Max Peiffer Watenphul.

The Gunzenhauser Museum is dedicating a retrospective exhibition to a particularly idiosyncratic Bauhaus student: Max Peiffer Watenphul. Originally trained as a lawyer, he became even more interested in art and came to the Bauhaus as a young man through the mediation of Paul Klee. Due to his great talent, he quickly gained access to the various workshops there and developed a singular figurative style and form language. The exhibition at the Gunzenhauser Museum, which has so far received too little attention from art history, rediscovers the artist and pays particular attention to Peiffer Watenphul’s excellent networking within the artistic avant-garde in Germany. Peiffer Watenphul found his way to painting in the confrontation with the magazine Valori Plastici and with Paul Klee. As a Bauhaus student from the first hour, the 23-year-old quickly became one of the most able and favoured students. By the end of his studies he had already created an extensive early work with numerous paintings, works on paper, enamel works and textile art. At the same time he was successful on the art market and was able to establish himself as a freelance artist. After his studies, years of travelling followed, during which he took new impressions from countries such as Mexico, France and Yugoslavia into his world of images. After the Nazis came to power, most of his paintings were removed from museums. In 1946 he walked over the Brenner to Venice. Numerous cityscapes were created here, in which Peiffer Watenphul pursues a radically new approach to the subject of “urban landscape” in scope and density, which is also reflected in the use of unusual formats. The manifold contacts to artists, gallerists, writers and intellectuals shaped his work. Again and again he was urged to exchange ideas with Johanna Ey, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters and Grete Willers. The friendship with Otto Dix was supported by Peiffer’s press and public relations work Carolin Nitsche T +49 (0) 371 488 4474 carolin. nitsche@stadt-chemnitz. de Director General Dr. Frédéric Bußmann Museum Gunzenhauser Anja Richter Stollberger Straße 2, 09 112 Chemnitz T +49 (0) 371 488 7024 gunzenhauser@stadt-chemnitzitz. de kunstsammlungen-chemnitz. de Opening Hours Tue, Thu-Sun, Holidays 11 a. m. -6 p. m. , Wed 2 p. m. – 9 p. m. Guided tours info. kunstsammlungen@stadt-chemnitz. de Max Peiffer Watenphul From the Bauhaus to Italy 6 March – 12 June 2022 Museum Gunzenhauser Page 2 Watenphul Watenphul Watenphul Watenphul’s An examination of the portrait. Alexej von Jawlensky encouraged him to include color in his paintings. However, not only does Peiffer Watenphul’s artistic development and imagery tell of encounters, but the many works and portraits donated to each other also point to friendships, close relationships and mutual appreciation. For the first time in the exhibition, works from the artist’s private collection are put into dialogue with the artist’s works. With 64 paintings and prints, from international lenders as well as from the collections of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, the artist’s entire oeuvre is presented in Chemnitz. On the occasion of the exhibition, Sandstein Verlag publishes a comprehensive catalogue in German and English with numerous illustrations and texts by Florian Korn, Anja Richter and Michael Semff .

Events related to the exhibition /Thematic guided tours
Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 6:30 p. m. : A lastingly formative apprenticeship. Max Peiffer Watenphul at the Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar Florian Korn, Scientific Volunteer Museum Gunzenhauser Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:30 p. m. : Max Peiffer Watenphul and his Artistic Network Anja Richter, Curator Museum Gunzenhauser
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 6:30 p. m. : “An Entire Spiritual World. ” Max Peiffer Watenphul after 1945 Michael Semff, Artistic Director of the Archive Peiffer Watenphul, Munich

Bauhaus Labor “Spiel wird Fest – Fest wird Arbeit – Arbeit wird Spiel” Parallel to the exhibition, the specially set up Bauhaus Labor invites young and old to playfully engage with the artistic ideas of the Bauhaus and the image strategies of Max Peiffer Watenphul.

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