March 17, 2004 - Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Blauer Reiter in Cologne – Picasso in Munich
March 17, 2004

Blauer Reiter in Cologne – Picasso in Munich

Blauer Reiter in Cologne - Picasso in Munich
12 March - 27 June 2004

Museum Ludwig
Bischofsgartenstr. 1
50667, Cologne
Tel:+49-221-221-26165
Fax:+49-221-221-24114

Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus
Luisenstrasse 33
Munich
Tel: +49-089-23-33-20-00

www.lenbach-ludwig.de

From March 13 until June 27, 2004 the Museum Ludwig (Cologne) and the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus will be almost completely exchanging entire sections of their famous collections with one another. The unique Cologne Picasso collection, the third-largest world-wide, will be on view for a quarter of a year in Munich. In exchange, the Museum Ludwig will be presenting the masterworks of the “Blauer Reiter” (“The Blue Rider”) to art lovers in the Rhineland and the bordering Benelux countries.

Neither of these exhibition complexes has ever been loaned out in such sizable proportions before. Both museums are combining this new initiative with the intention of presenting their institutions and their exhibition programs to the other region and thus enhancing their familiarity to art audiences on both a national and international level.

“Der Blaue Reiter” for Cologne

The primary focus of the “Blauer Reiter” presentation will be on painting. Some 65 top-level paintings from the Lenbachhaus collection will be out on loan, among them icons as the “Blue Horse” (1911) and the “Tiger” (1912) by Franz Marc, Kandinsky’s Impression VI (Sunday) (1911) as well as the “Portrait of the Dancer Alexander Sacharoff” (1909) and a late work by Paul Klee, the “Rosengarten” (“Rose Garden”) (1920/44).

The presentation of the “Blaue Reiter” in Cologne will be looked after by Kasper Konig and Ulrich Wilmes, who are currently devising a new concept for the “Blaue Reiter” Exhibition in Cologne, which will differ in essential points from the familiar way they are hung in Munich.

Picasso for Munich

The Picasso collection from Cologne’s Museum Ludwig will be loaned out in its entirety with over 800 works to Munich, where it will be shown in the Kunstbau, the annex to the Lenbachhaus opened in 1994. Curator for the exhibition is Helmut Friedel. This marks the first time Picasso’s artistic oeuvre will be presented in Munich covering all his work phases and revealing the full scope of his artistic creativity (painting, sculpture, ceramics and graphic prints). The highlights include Picasso’s “Harlequin with Folded Hands” (1923), “Woman with an Artichoke” (1942), the late self-portrait “Portrait of a Man with a Hat” (1970). In the sculpture field, viewers will see, among others, the “Woman’s Head (Dora Maar)” from 1941. Another focus at the Munich Picasso exhibition will be a presentation of more than 600 graphic prints on one wall, which have hardly ever been exhibited in this completeness before. On display, among other works, will be the three comprehensive graphic cycles “Suite Vollard” and the Suites 347 and 156. In his numerous lithographs, etchings, aquatint sheets and linocuts, Picasso turned his attention to his own work, the artist/model relationship and primarily our rich artistic heritage (Rembrandt, Goya).

Both museums are targeting these exhibitions, which are concurrently high-ranking art historical as well as impressive events on a wide audience and thus hope to set new accents in the exhibition landscape.

The exhibitions are sponsored by the Stadtsparkasse Munich and the Stadtsparkasse Cologne.

Information: http;//www.lenbach-ludwig.de

Pressinformation:

Goldmann PR Berlin, Anka Grosser, Tel. +49(0)30-259 357-0, Fax +49(0)30-259 357-29, anka.grosser@goldmannpr.de

Goldmann PR Munchen, Bettina Pauly, Tel. +49(0)89-211 164-18, Fax +49(0)89-211 164-29, info@goldmannpr

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