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Kunstmuseum Basel (Curators: Bernhard Mendes Bürgi and Nina Peter)
Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16
Basle
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Max Beckmann (Leipzig 1884 – 1950 New York) is one of the titans of modernism, even though he saw himself as the last Old Master. He never joined any of the avantgardist groups of the twentieth century, but the experiences of Impressionism, Expressionism, New Objectivity, and abstract art left their traces in his oeuvre. Beckmann was long perceived as a typically German artist, and only in the past few years has his importance been fully appreciated on the international stage, with retrospectives in Paris, London, and New York. 

The exhibition at Kunstmuseum Basel turns the focus on the artist’s oeuvre in landscapes, showing seventy paintings, among them masterpieces such as The Harbor of Genoa from the St. Louis Art Museum and the Seashore from the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, but also sublime works from numerous private collections, some of which have rarely been on public display.


Catalogue 


Max Beckmann – The Landscapes. With essays by Hans Belting, Eva Demski, Nina Peter, and Beatrice von Bormann. Stuttgart, Hatje Cantz, 2011

(Picture: Max Beckmann (1884–1950), Kleine Landschaft, Viareggio, 1925. Öl auf Leinwand. 52 x 35.5 cm. Göpel 244. Privatsammlung Deutschland © ProLitteris, Zürich)