January 16, 2004 - Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt - Julian Schnabel
January 16, 2004

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel
PAINTINGS 1978-2003

January 29 – April 25, 2004

Press preview: January 28, 2004,11 a.m.
60311 Frankfurt, Germany
phone: (+49-69) 29 98 82-0
fax: (+49-69) 29 98 82-240


Image: Julian Schnabel, Untitled (Los Patos del Buen Retiro), 1991, oil, gesso on velvet, 457 x 457 cm


PAINTINGS 1978-2003

Since the artist’s first sensational exhibitions shown in New York in the early 1980s, Julian Schnabel’s works have been celebrated enthusiastically as a new culmination of painting, a genre that had been declared dead. Both his “Plate Paintings” based on porcelain shards and his highly expressive large-format oil paintings have found their way into all important international collections. Schnabel also made a name for himself as a film director and scriptwriter with his first film about his friend and painter-colleague Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1996 and his second film “Before Night Falls.” The comprehensive retrospective at the Schirn comprising more than 50 monumental works focuses on Julian Schnabel’s oeuvre as a painter, presented in Germany on such a large scale for the first time since 1987.

Max Hollein, Director of the Schirn and curator of the exhibition: “Today, at a time that sees a widely propagated renaissance of contemporary painting, seems to be exactly the right moment for a reassessment of Julian Schnabel’s position as a painter which is not only outstanding but also exercises a decisive influence on a younger generation of artists. The retrospective offers the unique opportunity to view his work in its original dimension, materiality, and intensity and to explore this significant present-day painter’s many-faceted and impressive oeuvre in direct confrontation.”

CATALOGUE: “Julian Schnabel. Paintings 1978-2003.” Edited by Max Hollein. With a preface by Max Hollein. Essays by Maria de Corral, Robert Fleck, Max Hollein, Ingrid Pfeiffer, and Kevin Power. German/English, ca. 176 pages with ca. 70 color and 100 black and white illustrations, ISBN 3-7757-1386-7, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern.

CURATOR: Max Hollein

OPENING HOURS: Tue, Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed and Thur 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

INFORMATION: www.schirn.de

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