Montreal Museum of Fine Arts announces Lyonel Feininger. From Manhatten to the Bauhaus

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Lyonel Feininger. From Manhatten to the Bauhaus an exhibition on view January 21 to May 13, 2012.


Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), X 54 Sailboats 1929 Oil on canvas, Detroit Institute of Arts

This exhibition, the first retrospective devoted to Lyonel Feininger in North America in almost fifty years, will offer a comprehensive panorama of the oeuvre of this American artist who lived most of his life in Germany, from his early satirical cartoons, comic strips, hand-made wood figures and little-known photographs, to his emblematic depictions of carnival scenes, and architecture and seascapes. During his career, Feininger worked as an illustrator for the Chicago Tribune; in Paris, he discovered Cubism; and in Weimar, he taught at the Bauhaus school, before returning to his native New York City. A talented violinist and composer, he often compared his art to music. Given the influential role of music in Feininger’s work, this dimension will be at the heart of the exhibition, with the collaboration of the Arte Musica Foundation.

This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with support from the Terra Foundation and the Museum’s Volunteer Association. – www.mbam.qc.ca

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