Past exhibitions 2022

Roy Lichtenstein, Sunrise, 1965 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Foto: Sönke Ehlert
Roy Lichtenstein, Sunrise, 1965 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Foto: Sönke Ehlert

The Great Graphic Boom
Pop art on paper

13 November 2021 to 1 May 2022

This exhibition of holdings from the Prints and Drawings Collection showcased various pop-art pioneers, such as the British artists Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Joe Tilson. In the mid-1950s, they were among the first to explore modern life and the constant stream of images produced by the mass media, advertising and comics. However, in the 1960s, it was American pop art artists who truly put the movement on the map. The rediscovery of printmaking – the great graphic boom – played a central role in the ascendency of pop art. Modern silk-screen printing in particular, with its brilliant colours and high print runs, met the pop artists’ goal of widely distributing their work. And by turning to everyday life for inspiration, these artists fundamentally changed the understanding of which topics were art-worthy.

The exhibition presents, among others, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein and Mel Ramos alongside German artists who borrowed ideas from everyday culture and the mass media. When the belief in progress and optimism that marked this decade came to an end and the tensions and conflicts of the 1970s emerged, this change was reflected in their works. Topics such as the Vietnam War, the student protest movement or the oil crisis provided a counterpoint to the supposedly cheerful and colourful world of consumerism.

Artists: Thomas Bayrle, Werner Berges, Richard Hamilton, Robert Indiana, R. B. Kitaj, Peter Klasen, Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Sigmar Polke, Mel Ramos, Bob Stanley, Joe Tilson, Wolf Vostell

Marjorie Strider, Girl with open mouth, 1963 © Michael Chutko
Marjorie Strider, Girl with open mouth, 1963 © Michael Chutko

Amazons of Pop!
Women artists, superheroines, icons 1961-1973

2 October 2021 to 6 March 2022

The exhibition extensively addressed the diverse pop art of a generation of women from Europe and North America who constitute the less-well-known side of the movement confidently and expressively. Amazons of Pop! showed women who fight for their own emancipation with determination and actively champion political and social issues. They transgress boundaries in the art of their time, which was dominated by men, and test new and unusual materials such as plastic. Play with fictive characters, personalities and heroines from the big screen pervades the work of these artists, who demonstrate a great passion for experimentation, fantasy, intrepidness and a sense of strategy, conscious of the tense geopolitical and social circumstances of their time all the while. Amazons of Pop! featured approximately 100 pieces from the fields of painting, installation, performance, sculpture and film and invites visitors to delve into the world of pop and a period of awakening: the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s.

Organized by the MAMAC Nice in collaboration with Kunsthalle zu Kiel and Kunsthaus Graz, as well as support from Manifesto Expo.

Evelyne Axell, Barbarella, Brigitte Bardot, Marion Baruch, Pauline Boty, Martine Canneel, Lourdes Castro, Judy Chicago, Chryssa, France Cristini, Christa Dichgans, Jane Fonda, Ruth Francken, Ángela García, Jann Haworth, Dorothy Iannone, Jodelle, Sister Corita Kent, Kiki Kogelnik, Kay Kurt, Nicola L., Ketty La Rocca, Milvia Maglione, Lucia Marcucci, Marie Menken, Marilyn Monroe, Isabel Oliver Cuevas, Yoko Ono, Ulrike Ottinger, Emma Peel, Pravda La Survireuse, Martha Rosler, Niki de Saint Phalle, Carolee Schneemann, Marjorie Strider, Sturtevant, Valentina Terechkova and May Wilson.

Adolf Hölzel, Abstraktion 1, 1915/1916 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Sönke Ehlert
Adolf Hölzel, Abstraktion 1, 1915/1916 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Sönke Ehlert

Forays through the Collection – from Expressionism to Love
Until 16 January 2022

The annual presentation of our collection reflected a twin focus: firstly, it focused on the significant expressionist holdings and 19th-century landscape paintings of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. Secondly, the realigned collection presented selected works in unusual combinations: visual motifs such as the beach, night-time, love, childhood or wildlife formed the starting point for a forage through the collection, bringing exciting finds to light. The exhibition was showing around 120 works from the fields of painting, sculpture, printing, photography and video art.

Selection of artists:

Ernst Barlach, Georg Baselitz, Max Beckmann,  Klaus vom Bruch, Johan Christian Clausen Dahl, Lovis Corinth, Miriam Cahn, Harald Duwe, Louis Gurlitt,  Erich Heckel, Karl Hofer, Isaak Lewitan, Markus Lüpertz, Ewald Mataré, Bruce Nauman, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Sigmar Polke, Franz Radziwill, Ilja Repin, Johann Moritz Rugendas, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Christian Rohlfs, Norbert Schwontkowski, Fritz von Uhde