18 June to 19 September 2021
Longing for Italy! Following the tracks of  
German-Speaking Artists 1905–1933

Ever since Goethe's travels (1786–88) Italy has represented a yearning for the art treasures and southern landscapes of the antique world. The country remained a popular destination for travels by young artists in the 20th century – especially when supported by a scholarship grant at the Villa Romana in Florence or the Villa Massimo in Rome. The reception of the (art) history and the search for a lost unity of humankind, nature, and cosmos inspired August Macke, Walter Ophey, Erich Heckel, Max Pechstein, Carlo Mense, Ewald Mataré, Alexander Kanoldt, Max Beckmann, and many others. During the 1920s the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, and Ischia and Capri were meeting places for Anita Rée, Eduard Bargheer, Werner Gilles, Max Peiffer-Watenphul, and Hans Purrmann. The exhibition traces the enthusiasm for Italy and its artistic imprint between expressive chromatic rapture, surreal fantasy, and the undercooled New Objectivism. 

Curator: Dr. Martina Padberg

Hans Purrmann: Forum Romanum, 1923
Öl auf Leinwand, 29,5 x 46 cm, Privatbesitz
Foto: Hans-Purrmann-Archiv, München
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Adolf Erbslöh: Positano, um 1923
Öl auf Leinwand, 94,5 x 131 cm
Dauerleihgabe im Von-der-Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal