Van Gogh at Städel Museum

In similar vein as the recent Van Gogh exhibition presented at Tate Britain in London, from 23 October 2019 to 16 February 2020, the Städel Museum will feature ‘Making Van Gogh’ an exhibition examining the resonance of the artist on German gallerists, collectors, critics and museums.

The exhibition will tell the story of an artist considered a precursor of modern painting. It will also illuminate Van Gogh‘s role as a decisive figure for the art of German Expressionism. In three comprehensive sections – Legend, Impact and Painting Style – the exhibition ‘MAKING VAN GOGH’ will recount the artist’s posthumous success story in Germany. Focussing primarily on the period from 1900 to the 1920s, the show will explore the various factors that moulded van Gogh’s success: the major exhibitions, museum acquisitions, relevant private collections, art criticism and van Gogh’s influence on art in Germany.

The show will feature more than 120 paintings and works on paper, including over 50 key works by van Gogh and 70 by other artists.

“Van Gogh is dead, but the van Gogh people are alive. And how alive they are! It’s van Gogheling everywhere”, wrote Ferdinand Avenarius in Der Kunstwart in 1910 to describe the fascination Vincent van Gogh’s paintings held for artists in Germany – particularly the younger ones – in the early twentieth century.

The first exhibitions of Van Gogh’s works were mounted in 1901 in the Berlin Secession and at the Kunstsalon Paul Cassirer (Berlin). From that time onward, works by Van Gogh appeared with increasing frequency in Germany – altogether nearly 120 in the years between 1901 and 1914.