This section contains an overview of the most relevant exhibitions. Each item is connected to the organizing museum.

The Pope in Frankfurt

Raffael (1483-1520), Julius II, c. 1511/13. Photo: The Städel Museum Frankfurt

The Städel Museum is showing the portrait of Pope Julius II that recently came to the attention of the public. Also on view are the two versions of the painting by Raphael and Titian from the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. By moreover encompassing technological documents such as x-ray and infrared images of the painting, the exhibition will provide detailed insights not only into the artistic genesis of the Frankfurt painting, but also into its relationship to the other versions of the Julius portrait and the related attribution issue.

An Abstract Milestone in Amsterdam

An Englishmen in Moscow, 1914 © Photo: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The exhibition is a tribute to the Russian avant-garde of the early 20th century, with Malevich as its focal point. Although best known for his purely abstract work, he was inspired by diverse art movements of his day, including Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, and Cubism. His own visual language was also influenced by Russian icon painting and folk art. Through oil paintings, gouaches, drawings, and sculptures, the exhibition traces the rich variety of his oeuvre. All the phases in Malevich’s career will be on view, from his Impressionist period to his iconic Suprematist phase to the lesser-known figurative works that followed.
The show explores Malevich’s rich career from distinctive vantage points, focusing on different aspects of the artist’s remarkable career, including the context in which he formed his unique language, the radicality of his artistic trajectory, and his later return to landscapes and figures. Seen in their totality, these exhibitions thus provide the unprecedented opportunity to reassess one of the defining figures of twentieth-century modernism. The exhibition also shows works by Others artists Marc Chagall, Ilia Chashnik, Boris Ender, Ksenia Ender, Maria Ender, Yurii Ender, Natalia Goncharova, Wassily Kandinsky, Ivan Kyun, Mikhail Larionov, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Matyushin, Mikhail Menkov, Vera Pestel, Lyubov Popova, Ivan Puni, Alexander Rodchenko, Olga Rozanova, Nikolai Suetin, Vladimir Tatlin and Nadezhda Udaltsova.

Landscapes by Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). The Windmill, 1641. © Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Organised to mark the 2000th anniversary of his death on 19 August 14 AD, the exhibition in Frankfurt presents the stages in the story of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669). As a painter of exceptional portraits and history paintings he ienjoys world fame. Yet there was another subject that also preoccupied him throughout his career: landscape. The Dutch painter addressed himself to this theme not so much in painting, but all the more intensively in drawing and printmaking. The presentation will feature sixty-two works, including forty-six etchings. The artist’s pure landscape etchings will be supplemented in the show by further works. The latter include etched self-portraits, early etchings in which landscapes are depicted in connection with history motifs and depictions of pastoral scenes which Rembrandt encountered with a perceptible sense of humour. Other prints to be presented are engravings, woodcuts and etchings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca. 1525–1569) Domenico Campagnola (ca. 1500–1564), Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1616), Hercules Seghers (ca. 1590–ca. 1638) and Claude Lorrain (1600–1682). Theu will place Rembrandt’s works into the context of his forerunners and contemporaries in the area of landscape in printmaking.

The first Roman Emperor

Augustus as Pontifex Maximus, c. 20 BC. Photo: Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome

Organised to mark the 2000th anniversary of his death on 19 August 14 AD, the exhibition presents the stages in the story of Roman’s first emperor Augustus (63 BC – 14 AD). Augustus was the adopted son and great-nephew of Julius Caesar (100 – 44 BC). His reign lasted over forty years and was the longest in Roman history and the Empire achieved its moment of greatest expansion. The exhibition in Rome shows a selection of approximately 200 exhibits of the highest artistic quality. The show offers visitors the opportunity to track the life and career of the princeps in parallel with the development of a new artistic culture and vocabulary that is still today the very foundation stone of Western civilisation. The visual pivot of the exhibition comprises the celebrated statues of Augustus, brought together here for the very first time: Augustus as Pontifex Maximus, and the Augustus of Prima Porta. This latter sculpture is set alongside its classical model, the famous Doryphoros, the standard par excellence of sculptural perfection in the Classical era. Visitors will also be able to admire part of the bronze equestrian statue of the emperor found at the bottom of the Aegean sea. .
Evoking the flowering of a golden age, the so-called Grimani bas-reliefs depicting wild animals suckling their young are outstanding for their importance and their beauty, and they have been brought together for this exhibition. Also of outstanding importance is the group of the Niobids, an original Greek sculpture from a temple front which was set up in the Horti Sallustiani in Rome under Augustus and which has been reconstructed by setting the two statues from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen alongside the statue of an injured girl from the Museo Nazionale Romano. The sculptural groups, expressing the new Classicism, are matched by such dazzling examples of decorative art as a large selection of pieces of silver from the treasure of Boscorealeand by representations of power in images of the ancient world as a set of extremely precious cameos, that were used by members of the imperial family as personal gifts. The exhibition winds up with an reconstruction of eleven bas-reliefs from a public building originally erected in Campania to commemorate Augustus after his death, telling to great effect the story of a naval clash at the battle of Actium in 31 B.C.