This monographic exhibition explores the work of the German artist, built on a realism packed with symbolic resonances, a powerful account of the turbulent society of his day.
Conceived in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, the exhibition offers a themed tour of the work of Max Beckmann (Leipzig, 1884 – New York, 1950), divided into two sections. The first covers Beckmann’s years in Germany in the period before World War I, when he first achieved public recognition, to the rise of Fascism in the 1930s, when he was expelled from the art school in Frankfurt and banned from exhibiting his work.
The second part focuses on the artist’s time in Amsterdam and the United States. It is based on four metaphors relating to exile as an existential condition of modern man: Masks, which explores the loss of identity associated with exile; Electric Babylon, which focuses on the modern city; The long goodbye, on exile and death, and The Sea, a metaphor of infinity and nostalgia.