September 28, 2015 - Museum Folkwang - The Shadow of the Avant-Garde
September 28, 2015

Museum Folkwang

Henri Rousseau, Le Lion, ayant faim, se jette sur l'antilope, 1905. © Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. Photo: Robert Bayer.

The Shadow of the Avant-Garde
Rousseau and the Forgotten Masters
October 2, 2015–January 10, 2016

Press conference: October 1, 11am–1pm
Opening: October 1, 7–11pm

Museum Folkwang
Museumsplatz 1
45128 Essen
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Works by self-taught, non-academic artists are usually referred to as "naïve" or "outsider art" and are conventionally viewed as a distinct category, separate from modern art. But in terms of their power and intensity, these works often rival the great modernist masterpieces. In this major exhibition The Shadow of the Avant-Garde. Rousseau and the Forgotten Masters, the Museum Folkwang presents for the first time the works of such artists as Henri Rousseau, André Bauchant, Séraphine Louis, Martín Ramírez, and Bill Traylor alongside seminal works of modern and contemporary art by Honoré Daumier, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, and, more recently, Blinky Palermo and Mike Kelley. The show has been curated by Kasper König and Falk Wolf.

Jointly funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the German States as well as the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Kulturstiftung Essen and the Terra Art Foundation for American Art.
Supported by RWE.

Public program
The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of public and educational programs. For the dates, please visit or subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.


Press contact
Anna Littmann: T +49 201 8845 160 / anna.littmann [​at​]

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