Collection Focus: Manet and French Painting - Manet and Nineteenth-Century French Painting from Kunsthalle Mannheim’s Collection
Arguably the best-known work from the collection, Édouard Manet’s “The Execution of Emperor Maximilian” (1868–69) will be presented on the first floor of the new building from June 3rd, surrounded by the artist’s contemporaries: Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This display is a tribute to the bold acquisitions policy of Fritz Wichert, who expanded Kunsthalle Mannheim’s collection to include French Modernist works in the early twentieth century. Yet Wichert by no means neglected the German art of his time, as a parallel exhibition makes clear. Works by Anselm Feuerbach, Lovis Corinth, Max Liebermann, Max Slevogt, Hans Thoma, and Wilhelm Trübner highlight Wichert’s German purchases, complemented by artworks by the Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka and the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler. Early purchases for the Kunsthalle Mannheim’s sculpture collection, by sculptors such as Wilhelm Lehmbruck and Ernesto de Fiori, also form part of this exhibition.
A new date for the opening will be announced as soon as possible.
About the Collection Focus: Kunsthalle Mannheim has an internationally significant collection ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day and comprising paintings, sculptures, graphic works, and applied art, as well as contemporary installations. Based on the concept of a museum in motion, themes and specific artists from Kunsthalle Mannheim’s collection are showcased in individual cubes.