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Opening: Saturday, 21 May 2016, 5 pm


The exhibition “Portraits – Self-Portraits – Faces” at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz from 22 May to 31 July 2016 includes a total of 140 works on paper in an art-history genre that is one of the most steeped in tradition. The works on show are in the graphic techniques of lithography, etching, woodcut, pastel drawing, photography and silk-screen printing.

The most extensive group is by Max Beckmann (1884–1950) and consists of 80 prints. Apart from the 13 from the museum’s own stocks, these are on loan from the Jürgen and Antje Conzelmann Collection, Frankfurt am Main. Among the graphics Beckmann produced between 1911 and 1948 are numerous self-portraits. As an artist, Beckmann engaged intensively with his own image throughout his life. In this pictorial world, the artist appears in various roles – for example, as a clown, a circus director, an observer or a carnival reveller. As many of the portraits reflect the artist’s close personal relationships, they give an impression of his large circle of friends and acquaintances, patrons and collectors. Beckmann’s graphic works attest to an art which, especially in the self-portraits, visualises repressed realities, loneliness and the search for meaning.

Together with the works by Max Beckmann, the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz are also showing pastel drawings by Bob Dylan (born in 1941), 15 lithographs and etchings by Lovis Corinth (1858–1925), photographs by Hugo Erfurth (1874–1948), Hans Günter Flieg (*1923), Duane Michals (*1932), Olaf Rauh (*1968), Benjamin Rinner (*1976), Thomas Ruff (*1958), Friedrich Seidenstücker (1882–1966) and Piet Zwart (1885–1977) as well as silk-screen prints and paintings by Andy Warhol (1928–1987).

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