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Bohemians in Paris around 1900

Henri Evenepoel (1872-1899), Le Café d’Harcourt à Paris, 1897. © U. Edelmann, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main.

The exhibition has set out to convey a sense of the special Montmartre atmosphere. More than two hundred works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Suzanne Valadon, Edgar Degas and others will lure visitors into the milieu of the Parisian “bohème” around the turn of the century. Historical photographs and numerous posters and prints will shed light on further facets of one of the most colorful chapters in the history of art, but also one with which countless clichés are associated. Yet to reduce Montmartre to these familiar images means to overlook the realism with which the artists recorded everyday life there. They were people who had consciously chosen to dissociate themselves outwardly from the bourgeoisie by embarking on lives as poor bohemians on the fringe of society. Their striking portraits of outsiders, thieves, beggars, street artists, prostitutes and drinkers mirrored their new perception of themselves. The exhibition will investigate the sociological circumstances of the period in question and its new definition of the role of the artist.

Octavian who became August

Marcellus Theatre Rome, finished by August, c. 11 BC. Photo: Wikipedia.

Saul became Paul, but Otavian became August, a pagan turned into a Christian evangelist, a Roman general was appointed by the senate as emperor, although he called himself Principes. To commemorate the two thousandth anniversary of the death of the Emperor Augustus, the Grand Palais brings to life his greatest achievements and the artistic ferment of his reign. Images of the emperor can be found all over Rome and through out the provinces. A selection of statues, sculpted reliefs, frescoes, pieces of furniture and silverware, along with a reconstruction of a villa from the slopes of Vesuvius and tombs uncovered in Gaul reveal the changes in the social environment of the Romans.

The Return of Sappho

Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), Sappho, c. 1887. Photo: Kunsthaus Zürich

Along with Auguste Rodin and Aristide Maillol, Antoine Bourdelle (1861–1929) formed the triumvirate of early modern French sculptors. The Kunsthaus holds three of his works, the most important of which is the large-format depiction of Sappho, the most celebrated female poet of Antiquity. This representative work was exhibited outdoors for many years, and as a result its patina suffered severely, rendering further presentation impossible. Now, following careful restoration, the work is once again in excellent condition and can thus resume its rightful place in the important group of sculptures by French artists and artists living in France. Bourdelle is joined not just by Rodin and Maillol but also by Henri Matisse and Alberto Giacometti, who studied under Bourdelle for a time.


The Fisherman fresco, 1600-1500 B.C. Photo: Archaeological Museum of Thera

Navigating Greece examines the intimate relationship between the Greeks and the Mediterranean Sea trough the ages. With the sea as connecting thread, the exhibition highlights the interplay between nature, culture, identity, adventure, politics, religion and most of all mobility in all its forms. The exhibition includes almost 100 ancient artefacts (bronze and marble sculptures, frescoes, coins, vases and ceramic vessels) from more than 30 Greek museums. Notably some of these artefacts are displayed outside Greece for the first time. The time span extends from cycladic (3000 B. C.), minoan and mycenaean art, to the archaic, classical and hellenistic periods, ending with the Greco-Roman world (200 A. D.).